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    [Rumor] Google May be Planning to Become a Wireless Carrier; at least in EU


    Update: It's a good thing we called this story a rumor, because as it turns out, it's actually a hoax. Unfortunately, this was a hoax perpetrated on Engadget Spain, and is completely fake.

    There is some industry speculation that Google may be planning to take on the role of wireless carrier in parts of Europe soon. In fact, they may have already started testing a Mobile Virtual Network (MVN) in Spain. The images posted are of what appears to be a Google-branded SIM card and a Nexus S running on a network dubbed “Google_es”. According to the report, a few trusted engineers have started receiving this starter pack for testing purposes already. Here's a quote with a few more details,
    Now, MVN operators (MVNOs) usually roam on other carriers networks without actually owning any of the spectrum. They just resell wireless service under their own brands with numerous examples of such carriers in the States including Boost Mobile which for example rides on Sprint radiowaves. The engineers who got the starter packs will reportedly test three Spanish networks - Movistar, Orange and Vodafone - to determine which one to use.
    If this turns out to be true, it could be an interesting move for Google. In fact, if you use your imagination, you can see a wide range of possibilities that could be fairly "disruptive" to current wireless markets. For example, if Google creates a smartphone with deeply integrated VoIP, like Google Voice, as the primary call system for the phone, then they could compete aggressive with dramatically discounted prices. It makes you wonder how Google might bring this idea to the States...


    Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
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    Bring it to the States Google, I'm in!!
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    I would jump on this the second it came to the states! All hail Google! F Verizon
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgstorm View Post
    ...According to the report, a few trusted engineers have started receiving this starter pack for testing purposes already....
    Hmmm... looks like one of them wasn't so trustworthy if we are seeing these pictures... but I'm not complaining!
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    Such fake pictures!! lol Look at the shadowing on the picture on the right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castro View Post
    Such fake pictures!! lol Look at the shadowing on the picture on the right!
    I don't see anything that wouldn't be created by multiple light sources and a weak flash being one of them...
    If you always seem to have drama in your life, you are probably the one causing the drama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Castro View Post
    Such fake pictures!! lol Look at the shadowing on the picture on the right!
    What makes you say this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbenson View Post
    What makes you say this?
    Maybe I'm just too surprised and don't wanna believe it :-/
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    Shouldn't be too surprised. Stuff like this almost always rolls out in Europe before it hits the States. If it flops for some reason, we'll never see it here.
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    A US based company starting their wireless service in Europe? That doesn't sound right to me.. But yeah, I'll do this anyday. I'm sure Google will charge extremely low prices since everyone and there mother will be signing up. Not to mention all their other revue.
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