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Latest Rumor Says Google and Dish’s Wireless Service is Go, Launching in Mid-2013

Fresh off of this morning’s rumor, which pegged Google and Dish Network as pals looking to start up a wireless service of their own to compete with AT&T and Verizon, a new rumor claims to confirm that it’s happening. The folks over at 9to5Google heard word from sources who claim that the we could see this network by mid-2013 because Google is “deep in development plans.” They are under the impression that the service will be data-only and that voice and SMS services will happen via VoIP.

It’s tough to tell if this believable or not. The Wall Street Journal’s report said that Google and Dish were in nothing more than preliminary talks, yet this makes it sound as if we are under a year away from full-on Google wireless service.

You tell me.

Via:  9to5Google

  • Taylor Levesque

    Wall Street Journal did

  • this would be awesome..

  • If I were Verizon and ATT, I’d be crapping my gold-encrusted diamond studded pants right now. This level of capital into a wireless startup could make it a powerhouse.

  • Tony Allen

    Being a dish network customer.. *meh*

  • 1ofdakoolkidz

    Don’t f#$k with my emotions SMOKEY!

  • CaucasionJ

    I’m sure you’ll have to have a Dish in order to have the network…and nobody wants dish..

  • YES! Since I’m no longer under contract with my shiny new Nexus 4, I will definitely be switching to this Dioogle carrier!

  • chris125

    If this is true bye bye Verizon once all my 4 lines are done come next Dec

  • romma

    Open bootloadres! Open Dev work! It will be a party like none ever seen.

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  • Diablo81588

    Holy unreliable. Brand new service with data only and it supports voice calls? No thanks.

  • PokerFaceMoose

    Since there will likely be no limits on voice or sms, what will the data limits be I wonder? So many people saying they will leave Verizon and unlimited data to go to something that very well may have limited data, with hardly any info besides the word ‘Google’.

  • If this happens you all can say thanks because verizon and att will learn a lesson and more competition will be better for all of us. Softbank giving sprint a boost and google with dish, this is going to be better for consumers no matter what.

  • poeddroiduser

    DISH is possibly one the worst firm I have ever had the unfortunate experience of dealing with. Corrupt, improper charging of credit card, inept and complete non-customer focused. FLEE QUICKLY GOOGLE!

  • I guess it could be possible if they buy other carriers towers. If they are trying to build their own network. Not gonna happen in 6 months unless they have started. Which is doubtful if no one is hearing about it till now.

  • Jwhap

    Does anyone know, could you use GPS radio with a satellite network, to achieve this and bypass the need for cell towers all together. I don’t know if it is possible….. Just a random thought.

  • WickedToby741

    If this is a data only network, what is likely is that Dish is looking for someone to fill the VOIP and IM hole and Google Voice would fill in nicely. It may be Dish’s network, but they may be looking to power communications via Google Voice.

  • This the best idea since sliced bread lol. Goodbye Vzw and good riddens

  • Jeff “Big Red”

    I can totally seeing this happening… This would make me want to become a dish network retailer again…

  • Mike Petty

    There’s really only one way that I see everything coming together by 2013.

    Dish is still waiting on an FCC waiver to use the spectrum, which likely won’t come until end of 2013, and according to Dish’s CEO, really not until 2015 (hardware makers aren’t building for Dish’s spectrum yet, takes time to design and build this stuff).

    Dish is in financial trouble, and the FCC is having a hard time believing that Dish could put together a nationwide LTE network; that they really might just want the waiver to make their spectrum worth billions more so that they have enough net worth to stay afloat/get some maneuvering room for buyouts or whatever. Even if they get a strong backer with Google, the plan is years out and tenuous in such a fast moving industry.

    But if Google buys T-Mobile, and comes in as the strong backer for Dish’s spectrum, then bam! All the potential FCC complaints go away, we have a current operator, and there’s enough spectrum to provide for massive growth and upgrades in the near and far future.

    It’s a glorious fairy tale, but the only way that this report makes any sense.

    I mean, Dish isn’t even going to have any spectrum by mid 2013, and the LTE hardware to support their frequencies isn’t available, and likely won’t be until 2015, so I don’t know how they could be running a mobile network on it by late 2013….

    • WickedToby741

      Slow down there. There’s a clear reason Google hasn’t and won’t buy T-Mobile or any carrier: Monopoly. The FTC is already all over them for alleged anti-competitive practices, the last thing they need is to throw fuel on the fire by buying a wireless carrier. They’d be better off partnering with someone (like Dish) or creating an MVNO, but even then there are issues.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Doesn’t Directv own dish?

  • They need an LTE network of their own, using fiber as the backhaul.

  • cgalyon

    This could be good news… Wonder how fast they could deploy. If it’s like fiber, then it may be more of a long-term plan.

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  • Mike Petty

    Uh, the FCC still needs to rule on Dish’s eligibility for it’s terrestrial network……..So, I doubt that it’s officially a go. Maybe tentatively, awaiting that decision, but I sincerely doubt it.

    Not to mention, they actually have to put stuff up on all of the towers then, put in the backhaul, etc, etc.

    You might see the first service area lit up by late 2013, but there’s a long road the haul between “Seeing” the service, and nation wide coverage.

  • Never been more so excited about a corporate joint venture!

  • arthuruscg

    Well, considering Dish’s frequencies almost butts up to Sprint’s and Sprint wanted Dish’s frequencies, there for Sprint’s equipment might already be designed to work in Dish’s freq (anticipated wining the FCC bid).

    I would see the companies working together. Dish leases in areas where sprint has already built towers, in exchange Dish builds towers in less populated areas for Sprint to rent out.
    So between the 2 companies, they might be able to take on Verizon’s coverage.

  • You guys forget “data only” network might also mean the possibilities of VoLTE.

  • Droidzilla

    I shall weep tears of joy.

  • sporty

    I’ve got and love Dish. Hope this happens. Verizon BADLY needs another big boy competitor to knock em off their high price saddles!!

  • ksat

    This will really make things interesting… Google Broadband & Google Wireless – both of these industries need a major shake-up and who better to do it than Google!

    However, I’m still a bit skeptical!