It’s been speculated for a while now but Monday at the Mobile World Congress, Google confirmed it wants to your wireless carrier.
Starting out as a small experience, Google will buy up tower access as a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) and then re-sell that access to customers. Optimally customers will be able to purchase access at a small nominal fee versus what some MVNOs charge.
The downside to this is that Google will be swooping in and buying up space on Sprint and T-Mobile networks, the bottom two of the top four carriers. Sprint in particular has a bad reputation for their network and here where I reside, it’s atrocious. We’re talking slower than DSL data speeds and tons of dropped calls.
The upside is that if enough people sign on, Google can expand and possibly buy up access to the big two, AT&T and Verizon. It could then become a serious competitor to the status quo. A lot of people are tired of how expensive their cell phone bills have gotten and are looking for plenty of ways to save buncha bucks. Google, if successful, could be the light at the end of the tunnel.
What say you geeks? Do the possibilities dance in front of your eyes like sugarplums? Do you feel Google could finally be the hurt that forces AT&T and Verizon to change? As always, sound off below!