Jan 26 AT 1:50 PM Evan Selleck 4 Comments

Google MVNO rumored to switch between connections for best possible signal

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It’s been only five days since reports surfaced that Google, the search giant that’s not resting on its laurels, is planning on becoming a wireless carrier option for millions of people in the United States at some point in the future.

Now, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal, Google’s plans to become a wireless carrier and lessen the burden of people having to sign exclusive contracts to a single carrier will actually extend to the devices themselves. The report indicates that devices under Google’s MVNO banner will be able to actively switch between T-Mobile, Sprint or a Wi-Fi signal for Wi-Fi calling, based on which signal is the strongest.

It’s a move that’s meant to make it possible for someone to always stay connected, no matter which carrier bears the strongest signal in the part of the country the user is located, as long as it’s T-Mobile or Sprint service, of course. The inclusion of Wi-Fi calling is certainly a good addition, though, especially as public Wi-Fi locations become more prominent.

As far as a release date for this service goes, the report goes on to note that it could launch in the early part of 2015, but no exact dates were provided. Moreover, it’s believed that this launch window could actually get delayed for unknown reasons, as it cites previous delays to the launch, including one in October 2014.

What do you think of Google’s wireless carrier aspirations?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Doug

    This is awesome. The ability to switch between carriers (even GSM to CDMA) is a huge bonus. I used to have Tmobile but didn’t get service at work so I had to switch. Sprint doesn’t have the best network either but being able to use both seems ideal. I have concerns about the transition between towers as well as from cell to wifi. Espeically if you’re mid call. The other concern is battery life. If I have to leave wifi on while I travel, that’s lame. Combine that with having both GSM and CDMA radios in a phone both operating at the same time(I’m sure a sleep mode will come handy) would affect battery life. To a minor extent possibly device size too. That adds more to what you have to have crammed into a phone.

  • MitchRapp81

    Nice idea – let’s hope it kicks in this year rather than later (or be forgotten) — one thing I was expecting with Android 5.0 is continuous connection… like I’m on LTE, I get home, it connects to my WIFI but the LTE connection stays active until my WIFI is full connected (so I don’t lose a connection if I’m streaming on the phone or something)

    Been wanting that since the Nexus One, really.

  • Skis03

    T-Mobile and Sprint seem to be the only companies that want to change things up and work to make things better. Verizon and At&T just want everything to stay the same and prices to rise. Google making their own is amazing.

  • Jackie Chan

    This is supposed to be the way it is. If I make a call from home, from my workplace, or from a friend’s house, I shouldn’t have to use my minutes. The big carriers don’t want this to happen of course, they want you to use your minutes so that they can make money. They have invested billions of dollars in network infrastructure.

    I’m surprised how Google is able to strike deals with Sprint & T-Mobile. After all it’s against their interest. It’s clear what Google wants to do here: VoIP is the default, fallback on CDMA or GSM depends on your phone. Google already has VoIP termination ala Google Voice. It’s about time we get sub-$10/month wireless service around here. With Google at the helm, hopefully service will be better than Freedom Pop.