Google Wireless will be launched by late 2013, according to a new report from 9to5Google. Yesterday we reported that Google was in talks with Dish Network to launch a nationwide competitor to AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless; now a source close to those talks say the new network is “really happening.”
According to that same source, Google wants the network to be “data-only” with “voice and SMS only being used as VoIP services, likely with Google Voice.”
Google could roll out the mobile data network by mid 2013, although a late 2013 release is more likely.
By combining its data know how with a nationwide cellular network, Google could allow for faster than 4G data rates while eliminating the upkeep associated with mobile calling technology.
Google and eight other companies in January 2011 convinced the government to hand over “white space” in an attempt to create a form of nationwide “Super Wi-Fi.”
If Google jumps into the wireless game, the new network could benefit from an OS and mobile devices created specifically for the new network, allowing for seamless integration. Google owns the Android OS and Motorola Mobility, both of which would likely be utilized as first adopters for the Google Wireless data network.
With all smartphones now accepting wireless data, the Google Wireless network could benefit by providing Android based applications that allow any WiFi enabled device to use the network.
AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless have continued to increase the cost of their mobile calling and data plans; Google entering the wireless ring could increase competition while lowering prices.