Google to Launch MVNO Service this Year


Technology giant Google has been talking about launching their own wireless service since April 2014, but it looks like this year they might actually do it. Ars Technica and the Wall Street Journal have both reported that Google has signed agreements with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a prepaid MVNO, and that it might happen sooner than you think. Google’s MVNO project is code named “Nova” and reports indicate that Google is hoping to “push down prices and improve the experience,” although actual plans and details have not been released. I’m not really sure how successful Google is going to be, as it is going to be hard to change the system without any control over the network. There has been speculation about what Google is going to do next. The two most common predictions are that the plans will be available through Google’s Play Store for Nexus phones and that the MVNO launch will coincide with cities that already benefit from Google’s Fiber service, maybe even supplementing wifi calling for the poor networks of T-Mobile and Sprint. Google itself hasn’t really released a whole lot of information thus far, although I have read from several sources that the service has already been tested by Google employees and was originally planned to launch last fall. If I hear any more news, I’ll be sure to keep you updated. What do you think about Google becoming an MVNO? Would you sign up? Let me know in the comments!]]>

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