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Google to Create Own Wireless Service in Partnership With Dish?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Dish Network is looking to build out its own wireless service thanks to spectrum that it acquired back in 2008. While it has talked to multiple potential partners, one of them should get you excited – Google. A source close to the matter said that the talks between the two were not advanced and that they could lead to nothing, however, it’s certainly an area that makes sense on a number of levels for Google. The idea here, is to create a network that could rival AT&T and Verizon. 

Why does it make sense, you ask? For one, Google is clearly at odds with the current state of the wireless service business here in the U.S. Their Nexus program appears to be aimed at undercutting and subverting all that Verizon and AT&T stand for. They want you to be able to buy a phone at a reasonable price, but not have to sign a contract, hence the pricing of the Nexus 4 at $299. Google also wants you to be able to buy a phone first and choose a carrier second, something that carriers want no part of.

Beyond phones and service though, Google has an interest in its own wireless service because they are big supporters of net neutrality. For those not familiar, I’ll try to briefly explain. Big carriers, namely Verizon, wants to control every aspect of their network, including how, when and what you access on the internet. They want to be able to load this web page faster than that web page, or sign a deal with this search provider over that one to make it your default. Those are tiny examples, but you can see what would happen should Verizon win the net neutrality battle.

Google, on the other hand, is completely for net neutrality, and has shown by spending millions at the government level to try to keep the web open. With their own wireless service, they not only have a way to enforce net neutrality, but they may have a bigger say in the regulation of it.

Last, if Google were to approach a wireless service like they have done with Google Fiber in Kansas City, then it would probably be the greatest wireless service known to man.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Via:  WSJ

Cheers Jeff and everyone else who sent this in!

  • cole hartman

    Well I guess i’m leaving t-mobile YYEEESS!!!

  • master94

    Anyone know if this will be known as Google Wireless or Dish since they are partnering together. Either way, sweet.

  • I would be saying bye bye to Verizon pretty quickly, and Hello Google!

  • Shane Girodat

    Please Google please!

  • Romeo Santos

    I’m really excited about this rumor, if it ever materializes, Google Wireless could be the greatest network known to man if they play it right, with the right price and good service.

    With that said, this could be very risky for Android if Verizon, AT&T, and others begin to phase out they’re offerings of Android devices in favor of other OS’s as retaliation for Google’s intrusion into their territory.

    Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my $30 prepaid plan with T-Mobile right now, and if Google offers a plan anything remotely similar to this one, I would subscribe in a heartbeat. Or Google should just acquire or partner up with T-Mobile along with Dish.

  • why cant google just hurry up and give us this service already!!! D:

  • Amenemhat1

    Love the sound of that! I hate Verizon! Most expensive POS. LTE is nice, but still POS!

  • Jorge Guaman

    Great topic for a poll today. I would drop Verizon at a heart beat.

  • kfath1978

    I’m in Giggidy, giggidy, gig-gi-dy!

  • 4n1m4L

    Take my damned money!!!

  • wagner

    build a network and stop calling it LTE and just call it F**ing fast!

  • I’d drop Verizon like a boulder.

  • Richard Tubbs

    Its about time someone broke up the cell phone monopoly and looked out for the consumer who makes it all possible.

  • danofiveo

    If there is decent coverage, this would be the one reason I would consider dropping Verizon.

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    This this happens…Google will own the S*** outta me!

  • GuestNex

    I would get Google’s wireless service in a min. Actually I hope it happens so I can leave evil Verizon. Verizon is actually not that bad but I would feel more comfortable joining a carrier who “wants to do no evil”.

  • C-Law

    I would LOVE to leave Verizon for Google!