Google’s next conquest: cellular service?
Is there any aspect of mobile devices that Google doesn’t have an interest in? It heads-up the most popular platform around, develops apps for multiple operating systems, offers numerous online services, sells Nexus hardware, and it even owned a smartphone manufacturer for a spell. New reports suggest that Google’s considering spreading its mobile ambitions even further, and could be kicking around the idea of offering wireless service itself.
The details are a little loose, but the idea seems to be that Google might provide cellular service in areas where it’s already in business selling fiber connections for wired internet access. It’s also unclear just how Google would go about providing coverage, and there’s a fair chance that it might resell bandwidth as an MVNO rather than trying to snag some spectrum for itself and deal with the costs associated with building out wireless infrastructure. Specifically, Verizon has been attached to these rumors, but there’s no sign yet that the carrier has expressed any interest in helping out Google.
Cellular may be only part of the equation, though, and we could see something more akin to like what Republic Wireless does, offloading the bulk of data onto WiFi APs.
While getting into the wireless game sounds like a big step, we can see how it could make sense to Google; in areas where customers are already using its fiber for their internet, TV, and home phone service, why not get all of these users’ telecommunication services pulled in under the same umbrella?
If you had the chance, would you be at all interested in getting your cellular service from Google? If not, what are some of your concerns? Privacy? Concerns that Android devices might get special treatment?