According to sources at the Wall Street Journal, Google may be looking to move beyond fiber optics and move directly into the mobile wireless space by becoming a competitor of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The report indicates that talks of a partnership with Dish Network could result in Google offering wireless services to any and all. The talks are rumored to be very early, and nothing is committed to for now, but if true, this could prove to be a game changer.
Google is well known for providing low cost, high quality solutions for free or next-to-free pricing, and as a wireless carrier, I can think of nothing but good things to come from the good folks in Mountain View, California.
*UPDATE* Droid-Life is indicating that they have information from a 3rd party source that these talks are more than preliminary, and that Google is “deep into development” and might be targeting a mid-2013 launch for this service. The who, what, where, and when of this new “Google Wireless” is still as yet unknown, but as I said before – this could be a game changer for the industry. Would AT&T or Verizon Wireless see a defection of people leaving for a service that offers reasonably priced smartphones, with a potential for unlimited data/voice plans at below AT&T/Verizon prices? I for one would leave Verizon in a heartbeat, if not sooner. Stay tuned for more details as we come across them.