January 22, 2015
Company Hopes to Sell Mobile-Phone Packages to Consumers Using Networks of T-Mobile, Sprint
Google is gearing up to launch its own wireless network — sort of.
The technology titan apparently has plans to sell mobile-phone packages to consumers with the devices running on the networks of T-Mobile and Sprint, The Information is reporting.
Sources told the publication that Google is in talks to buy wholesale access to both T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s mobile voice and data networks.
The project, which is headed by longtime Google executive Nick Fox and codenamed Nova, would make the technology titan a mobile virtual network operator. This means Google would pay Sprint and T-Mobile for capacity over their respective networks. This capacity, in turn, would be sold to consumers coupled with plans. Google will also manage customers’ calls and mobile data in a bid to offer both better prices and better customer experience.
The company is said to be working on communication apps to coincide with the data plans.
Google’s rumored plans are not unusual — TracFone and FreedomPop have similar services.
According to the report, some Google employees have already tested Nova and, while the company had originally hoped to launch the service last fall, it is now expected to debut sometime this year.
Google, Sprint and T-Mobile have all declined to comment on the rumors.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.