Google Carrier Intel: May Offer Pay Per Used Gigabyte Data Service with BuyBack

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  1. dgstorm

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    If the latest leaked intel from Google is true, the company could be planning to enter the market with a bang by offering an incredible incentive. The folks Android Police were able to get their hands on Google's Android app for their upcoming MVNO carrier service, and they found some interesting references hidden within its code.

    The app is called Tycho, and the internal name for the service is Project Fi, (although references to the name Nova were also found within the app). The code within the app also confirms what we already knew, that the carrier service from Google will piggy-back between T-Mobile and Sprint's towers for the service. More importantly, the app describes some of the ways that Google plans to provide extra value for its customers. The most intriguing piece of the puzzle is that Google's service will likely be a "pay per gigabyte-based" subscription, in which you only pay for what you use, and can get credit back for any unused data you sign up for, but don't use.

    Here's a quote with the details,

    They also found that,

    The intel gleaned from this bit of code-hacking isn't all good though (depending on your point of view). They apparently also found code which will allow Google to track your business related phone calls, so they can target you with ads related to what interests you. This is only based upon the phone number you dialed, and is not a recording of the actual conversation. The code seemed to indicate that you will be able to opt out of it from the get-go.

    Despite this one hiccup (the contents of which are probably not surprising considering we are talking about Google), Google's MVNO service could be a big shakeup in the industry if they can spread to a large swath of the country. Hopefully it will light a fire under the big carriers, AT&T and Verizon to get more competitive.

    There's actually quite a bit more detailed analysis on this code, so if you want to find out more, hit up the source link below.

    Source: AndroidPolice
     
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    There was one other interesting tidbit I forgot to mention from the Tycho code. Apparently Google also plans to use the carrier service to boost sales of the Nexus 6.
     
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    Good Guy Google strikes again.
     
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    I think Google is on the right track. A Gg of data is plenty for most users. Sound like a win win...
     
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    I read one part.. Piggy back off t-mobile and Sprint.... Stopped reading .. Carry on!

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    If it wasn't for the crap cell service they are piggy backing off of i would be interested