Google reportedly looking to launch wireless service

By , Nov 16, 2012

According to a new report, Google has been talking with Colorado-based satellite TV provider Dish Network to launch a new wireless service. So essentially, it sounds like it’s trying to become its own carrier.

This actually isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the tech giant was looking to get into the wireless business. But this particular story stems from a fairly credible news outlet, so it certainly holds more water…

The Wall Street Journal:

Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions…

…Dish has said repeatedly over the past year that it wants a partner in building out a wireless network with the wireless spectrum—the airwaves that can be used to provide mobile phone and Internet services—it has acquired since 2008.

In an interview Thursday, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen declined to comment on Google specifically, but said some of the potential partners he has considered include companies “who would like to be in the industry” and currently don’t have a wireless business.”

The talks between the two companies aren’t in advanced stages yet, so it’s possible that this could lead nowhere. But if a deal did happen, it would give Google control over a fairly large, nationwide, wireless network. Dish has been acquiring spectrum since 2008, and although most of it is only designated for satellite use, it has asked the FCC for permission to use it in building a ground-based cellular network.

Given Google’s close relationships with other US carriers, especially Verizon, it’s kind of odd to hear that it’s looking to become one itself. For example, if it became Verizon’s competitor, would Big Red still push its Droid handsets? That being said, Google is no stranger in the service provider department. Over the summer, the Mountain View company launched a wicked-fast fiber optic internet and TV service.

Honestly, it’d be interesting to see what a Google-run carrier would look like. They already make the software for mobile devices, and they’re starting to make the hardware. So they would essentially have end-to-end control over everything. Folks have been calling on Apple to do something like this for years.

What’s your take on this whole thing? Would Google make a good carrier?

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    Then they will come up with their LTE service.

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Sign me up I saw that google fiber and if they can make the Internet that fast for home service wireless should be a cinch!!

  • Falk M.

    I’d consider it after seeing the TOS.

    • Tr1pTr0p

      I assure you, you would reconsider using all your Internet services if you read all the terms of service. The same goes for your credit card and bank services, as well as pharmaceuticals, etc..

      • Falk M.

        No shit, so?
        There are certain things I’m willing to get into and some deal breakers.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Banks control all your money, pharmaceuticals can kill you (quite literally), carriers can spy on you via CarrierIQ (also literally), but oh no, search history and advertisements are the deal breakers… Right.

      • Falk M.

        What the hell are you on about?
        I never said I don’t use Google or such.
        Also, just a side fact: what’s the alternative of using a bank nowadays? You always get your loan booked to your account, you get no subscriptions of any kind mostly without an account etc etc.

        Your example is lacking.

        I also have yet to find an alternative to pharmacies.

        I can however chose between different ISPs for example.
        Some do traffic shaping, some do not.
        I went with one that doesn’t, so yeah.

        With Google I could imagine their would MAYBE consider using some of the data transmitted in a way I’m not approving of.
        I don’t say they will, because quite frankly neither of us know, but hey, that’s exactly what I said, right?

        I’d consider it after seeing their TOS.

        My carrier is excellent by the way, apart from the usualy annoyances you just can’t dodge with any carrier.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        “I can however chose between different ISPs for example. Some do traffic shaping, some do not. I went with one that doesn’t, so yeah.” That’s my freaking point! You care more about your damn private information than your own health (pharmaceuticals) or finances (banks).
        “Oh, OK, I’ll trust you, Pfizer/Bayer/… and consume this chemical that might kill me (yes, the risk always exists).”
        “YES, bank, give me them loans and credit cards, even though I can loose the roof over my head!”
        “YOU WANT MY PRIVATE INFORMATION? Oh no, you di’int! That ain’t happenin’!”
        THAT is what bothers me nowadays!

      • RarestName

        Keep Calm and Carry On

  • TriguyRN

    If it has widespread LTE coverage I’ll take it!