Rumor: Google May Partner With Verizon To Be An MVNO, But Why? - HotHardware
Rumor: Google May Partner With Verizon To Be An MVNO, But Why?

Rumor: Google May Partner With Verizon To Be An MVNO, But Why?

There’s a rumor that Google may jump into the wireless provider game, which would be huge news except for the fact that Google wouldn’t be launching a fifth competing wireless network; it would simply function as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), reselling one of the big four’s services.

The rumor comes from The Information (behind a paywall), and according to the site’s sources, Google may partner with Verizon to be an MVNO and launch wireless services in areas that have Google Fiber.

Verizon Coverage Map
Verizon Coverage Map

MVNOs are terrific for the industry, and services like Republic Wireless and FreedomPop are doing a great job disrupting pricing and service structures. But if Google wants to break into the wireless provider game, becoming an MVNO doesn’t make much sense.

First, that would require Google to not only align itself, but rely upon another company, in this case Verizon. It’s not Google’s style to put itself in that situation, and furthermore, it cuts against Google’s push with its own fiber networks. Becoming a wireless reseller is completely incongruous with creating a game-changing fiber network that will usher in a new era of Internet connectivity and speed.

It’s possible that if Google has an inclination to create its own wireless network someday from scratch, testing the waters as an MVNO might be a good idea, but if that’s the case, Google will need to keep those goals quiet as long as it’s partnering with a future rival.
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That would be cool, hopefully they offer better services than the rest of the mvnos out there.

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Nbnnnnnnnoooooooooooo

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Unless they can offer LTE service I don't see much point in starting another MVNO.

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ScottArthur:

Unless they can offer LTE service I don't see much point in starting another MVNO.

they would be... Google would simple sell services and use Verizon's network. Much the same way CLEC's do it with telephone lines. Many phone companies just use other companies lines and pay them for the use.. then bill the customer. Usually at a slightly lower rate.

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MNVO would cut the time to for Verizon to pay off cellphone tower debt by three. Google MVNO would let Google Notes provide personal assistance and buying advice wherever and whenever mobile Chrome Browsers were on the geographic threshold of a choice. Moreover Google could engineer that without affecting anything Verizon was doing with its towers.

How? Thats a long story. Suggest you start by reading up on Qualcomm's new capabilities for mobile devices and beam forming radio transmitters.

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It makes sense.

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It's not unheard of by the masses for Google to "test the waters" with a company that'll they'll eventually be a rival of: Fair or unfair, that's exactly what people accused them of when they created the Android platform.

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