Mar 05 AT 9:51 PM Dustin Earley 4 Comments

Google’s wireless service might only work with the Nexus 6

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According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google’s upcoming MVNO wireless service, recently confirmed by Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress, may be much smaller than even initial estimates predicted. Citing people “familiar with the matter,” WSJ is reporting that when Google does launch its wireless service, it will only work with one phone: the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6.

In the talks that contained details on Google’s network, Pichai made it clear that anything Google is working on will be small in size and not a threat to current wireless service providers in the U.S. Limiting the new service to the Nexus 6 would not only ease carrier fears, but would make it easier for Google to ensure the service, which will use a combination of cell towers and Wifi networks, works as intended.

If today’s rumors pan out and the Nexus 6 is the only device that works with Google’s wireless service, promises that Google isn’t looking to compete with national carriers seem accurate. Last week, Pichai was quoted as saying, “our goal here is to drive a set of innovations which we think the system should adopt,” similar to how Nexus devices work in the hardware industry. Apparently, Google loves to lead by example.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Andre

    While this may be true, I HAVE to believe that at some point Google will want to lead/ win on a large scale. I can’t imagine they are spending this money and they don’t want to be a major player with Google Fiber or their MVNO…maybe not initially because they’ll want to work the bugs out, but what good is an innovative service no one knows about or cares about?

  • wekebu

    Makes me happy :)

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  • Jesse Moreno

    This actually may double as a helpful push to get those holding out on the Nexus 6 to finally get on board. Me, included.