May 21 AT 8:08 PM Alex Wagner 4 Comments

Google reportedly planning to offer affordable Wi-Fi gear to businesses

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As many carriers have switched to tiered or throttled data plans in recent years, Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly important as a way to conserve your precious mobile data. The good news is that Wi-Fi is becoming more ubiquitous as more and more businesses offer Wi-Fi connectivity to their customers, and according to a new rumor, Google may help improve the situation even further.

Sources speaking to The Information claim that Google is planning to offer “heavily subsidized” Wi-Fi equipment to small and medium-sized businesses. The effort will reportedly be targeted at places where consumers are likely to visit frequently and want Internet access, like restaurants and gyms.

This equipment would reportedly be offered to the businesses at a substantial discount. Perhaps the best news of all is that Google is reportedly planning to roll this initiative out both to the U.S. and the rest of the globe.

Google recently teamed up with Starbucks to power the Wi-Fi offered at the Seattle chain’s coffee houses, and I could definitely see El Goog working to help provide quality Wi-Fi to other businesses as well. Not only would the businesses benefit from the improved Wi-Fi access for its customers, but Google would likely gain additional info on users and and the searches conducted on those Wi-Fi networks.

Do you sign into Wi-Fi networks while you’re visiting businesses or do you primarily rely on your cellular data when you’re out and about?

Via: Android Central

Source: The Information

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  • Nigel Healy

    Hope the free Wifi equipment is paired up with a decent broadband connection or its slower than using your cellular service. Many hotels free Wifi is 10% of the speed of 3G.

  • Bart

    Yeah, I was reading about this elsewhere today. I heard about wifi phones a couple years ago. I wonder if that is part of the overall plan for Google.

  • Pyry

    Public wlan is so 2007. In terms of security, performance and ease of use (no signups or approvals) I prefer LTE.

  • kenneth warnershook

    Google needs tohave their WiFi out in at McDonalds
    I mean Google + McDonalds = win win