Is Google Going To Start Offering Cellular Service?

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It seems like anytime a wireless carrier is going up for sale, or some new spectrum lands on the auction block, pundits start insisting that Google should step up and get itself into cellular networking. There’s some new evidence, though, that the company might be actually following-through on something along those lines, with the discovery of a Google-branded SIM.

The card in question seems to have come from Spain, where it’s reported that Google engineers have been using these SIMs in combination with Nexus S phones. When inserted, the cards identify the carrier as Google_Es. Just what is Google up to here?

The most sensible explanation would be that Google is testing out plans to act as an MVNO and piggyback its services on the network of an existing carrier. While this Google SIM is a fascinating find (assuming it’s legitimate), it raises a whole bunch of new questions. If Google is to start acting as a carrier, how would it brand the offering? Google Voice would be the obvious product to tie it to. We also wonder if Google is considering a similar service in the US, or if it only has its sights on Europe for the moment.

Source: Xatak Android

Via: Phandroid

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!