Google is preparing to launch its own wireless service within the next few months, according to Sundar Pichai, the boss of most things these days at Google. We’re guessing it will be at Google I/O in May. One could argue, without sounding like a complete fool, that this is the most exciting news to come out of Google in some time. If anyone can shake up the wireless industry, it might be Google. Might be.
Unfortunately, without an announcement, we still aren’t really sure what to expect from Google’s wireless service. We have reports suggesting that the service will use both T-Mobile and Sprint towers, along with WiFi to find you the best connection at all times. We think that it runs under the codename Project Nova. We think it might only allow the Nexus 6 on its airwaves at launch. And we know that a lot of you are really excited about the idea. Again, that’s all not much.
Thanks to an app found buried inside an unreleased Android 5.1 build for the Nexus 6, we may now know much more than Google probably wants us to at this moment. (more…)
According to sources of the UK’s The Telegraph, Google has been in talks with mobile operator Three over allowing Americans to use phones abroad at no extra cost if they are signed up with Google’s yet-to-be-announced-but-very-confirmed wireless service. As you all know, taking your US carrier-attached phone overseas isn’t cheap. Calls and data when out of the US can cost multiple arms and legs from the typical US carrier, so it sort of makes sense if you think about Google doing something that would shake up on aspect of the wireless industry.
MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid arm, announced a new $30 plan this morning that they claim is the lowest cost option around. The new deal runs just $30 per month and includes unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data at full 4G speeds. They claim that the data is unlimited, but after you use that 1GB, you will be throttled into an incredibly painful data experience until the next month. Is that really unlimited? Whatever. (more…)
Starting March 22, T-Mobile will bring its Data Stash, which is a fancy name for rollover data, to its prepaid customers. According to the press release with details on the announcement, T-Mobile plans to include an initial 10GB “Starter Stash” before starting to roll forward unused data each month that is good up to a year. (more…)
Motorola’s brand new Moto E, the LTE version, which launched at the end of February as the best deal in smartphones, is now available from Verizon prepaid for just $99. That’s without a contract.
As a recap, the new Moto E 4G LTE sports a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 4.5-inch qHD display, 2,390mAh battery, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Again, you get all of that for $99. While this isn’t in flagship territory, it would make an outstanding first smartphone or as a placeholder while you wait for something like the Galaxy S6 to arrive.
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According to the Wall Street Journal, if Google’s now-confirmed wireless service launches in the near future, maybe by the end of this month, it will only work with the Nexus 6. That limitation may not be forever, but at the initial launch, you may not want to get your hopes up over the idea that any unlocked phone, even your Nexus 5, will work with the hybrid mobile-to-WiFi network. (more…)
Early this morning, Google’s Sundar Pichai sat down for a keynote address at Mobile World Congress to talk about a handful of new ideas that his company is working on. From Google Translate to Project Loon delivering LTE to Project Titan’s little planes taking over the skies, he touched on a bunch of interesting topics in an opening chat. He then transitioned into a Q&A session where he acknowledged the fact that Google is looking to enter the wireless game as an MVNO, and that Android Pay is a new API that is coming soon.
I can’t find a replay of the event, but The Verge has a transcription of the talk. (more…)
Yesterday, we reported that AT&T was planning to bump up the data package for its $60 and $45 GoPhone plans to 4GB (from 2.5GB) and 1.5GB (from 1GB), respectively. This morning, they confirmed the changes.
The updated plans go live February 20. (more…)