Google’s MVNO service could be limited to Nexus 6 at launch
Google exec Sundar Pichai this week dropped a bombshell by affirming rumors that Google has plans to launch its own mobile virtual network operator service, saying on-stage at Mobile World Congress that the company is working to do so. With the cat now out of the bag, we’re still left asking questions – Pichai didn’t address everything, of course – and now some of that information may have started trickling in. Should a report from The Wall Street Journal be accurate, we now have a good grasp on the Google MVNO service details, with one of the surprising things being that this service will only work on the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone at launch.
The service is reportedly built to hot-switch between WiFi and cellular networks, just like competitor Republic Wireless, and people familiar with Google’s plans allegedly said it will weave together the networks of T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi, which should give it quite the coverage area. These same people expect the service to launch in just a few weeks, so it’s likely we’ll be hearing more out of Mountain View about this mystery MVNO service without much of a wait – stay tuned.