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

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    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,
    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...

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    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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    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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    Trusstopher DF Super Moderator Staff Member

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    :confused: I don't see anything that wouldn't be created by multiple light sources and a weak flash being one of them...
     
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    What makes you say this?
     
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    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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    Seriously...google is taking over the world. what's next? Google cars? United states of google? Whatever, I'm in either way : P

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    Actually, from want I've read Google is testing cars that drive themselves.

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    I don't know that being a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a sustainable business model, even for Google. Look at what happened with Amp'd, Helio, Embarq, etc. They all went belly up. I can't see any of the wireless carriers here in the states being comfortable with allowing Google to lease their wireless spectrum and charge cheaper rates for a similar service. I'm not saying that it can't or won't happen, but it doesn't seem likely.
     
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    well we already go to google with all our lifes questions...
     
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    United Sates of Google would be a good thing.... You see the price of a Google stock!!??? They'd run the Country better than Osama err. Obama is and my 401K might not lose another chunk. I'd be all over Google cell service (provided it was readily available). Getting tired of Verizon and the crap the shovel.