Google May Be Considering Becoming a Wireless Carrier; In Talks With Dish Network

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    Here's an intriguing bit of news for this Friday morning. According to some industry intel, Google is engaging in some "casual" talks with Dish Network about potentially becoming a wireless carrier. If true, the implications of this begin to boggle the mind as the imagination runs wild. Can you picture a "pure" Google device, unfettered by the excessive restrictions of the big carriers like Verizon and AT&T? Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

    Of course, the source of this news report (The Wall Street Journal) also shared that these talks are nowhere near any official stages yet, and is more like a friendly sit down chat over morning coffee. In fact, they also reported that Dish Network was having some of the same discussions with AT&T on the subject. However, AT&T doesn't have the $45 Billion in cash like Google. For now we can chock this one up as a potential "dream come true scenario" and wait to see what happens.

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    Please let this happen! I'd love to mail vzw a card saying it's been fun and thank you for over charging me for stuff I don't use. I will of course include a pile of dog doo doo in the package as well. :icon_evil:
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    Google is going to take over the world.
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    Probably... I think I'm fine with that... lol
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    mother of god...
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    ^^. Care to elaborate? Is that an expression of joy or frustration? lol
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    absolute joy haha! as long as I have coverage where I live I would be so into Google everything. verizon can bite me.
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    I hope this happens. :biggrin:
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    I hope this is true, but I hope they have damn good coverage.
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    Hopefully this pans out, I don't want to be disappointed about this fantastic news... They just need to have as much coverage as VZW, specially out in the sticks (VZW is the only carrier that works where I live. AT&T and Sprint get 0 signal at my house)
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    I wouldn't hold my breath, at least not for a good decade or so. There currently isn't a network out there that has more coverage than VZW, so no matter what Google does, they'll need time to expand and grow.
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    if anyone can unseat vzw google can
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    Wooooooooooooooooot! I've been saying they need to do this for years. Knowing Google, it'll be great service for a cheap cost (I only say this because every Google service is free and are BEYOND great) and hopefully no dumb upgrade limitations like Verizon has since, assuming the majority of phones would be Android, they'd be getting a new phone practically every other week.
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    I have family whose husband is in the cell tower business and way back in early 2011 told me that Google was going to do this. I didn't pay much attention, but guess I should have.
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    Im 100% ok with that because Google, unlike other corporate giants, actually listens and does what we the people want.

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    Dear Lord please let Google buy out verizon and change everything for the good of mankind.

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    Personally i'm all for it, means they'd be one step closer to viable home tv and internet access on a dramatically larger scale.

    For the telecommunications sector in the US this would be an absolute death blow
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    I'd bet money Google has no intention of a national network with coverage like VZW or even AT&T. They are most likely targeting the major metro markets where people are ditching landlines and don't travel much (i.e. national coverage doesn't matter). It will tie-in quite nicely and easily with Google Voice VoIP.

    It's a good thing because the carriers need more competition. Internally I'm sure AT&T, VZW and Sprint are REALLY peeved. They made Android (never mind the latter two NEEDED Android at the time) and now they've created an opportunity for Google to bite into their turf.

    That, of course, was hardly unpredictable. But VZW and AT&T will go to the DOJ to vehemently oppose Google's expansion into this market.
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