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Google – Verizon MVNO?

So the latest tech gossip is that Google and Verizon Wireless have been discussing the possibility of Google becoming an MVNO on Big Red’s network.  The reports have also said that the MVNO would only operate in the markets where Google provides is fiber network. (note: this really isn’t gossip, it’s been reported by multiple sources)

So what does it mean that the biggest company in the world wants to start offering wireless service?  Well, at this point it doesn’t mean much since Google’s fiber is only available in 2 markets, Provo, UT and Kansas City, MO.  That’s not to say that Google doesn’t have a grand scheme to provide their fiber to more markets throughout the U.S.  But what do the fiber and the possibility of becoming an MVNO have to do with each other, and why does Google care?

In my opinion Google wants people to have full connectivity.  They could want to leverage VZ’s LTE network as a supplement for area’s where their fiber network is lacking.  They could also want to offer hybrid calling where the subscriber can jump from their fiber network to Verizon’s LTE and keep talking (see Republic Wireless).  WiFi calling is not a new concept and something Google has had in their wheelhouse for some time . . . Google Voice.

Whatever the reason, Google teaming up with Verizon has a lot of implications that could benefit consumers, resulting in potentially lower wireless service and data costs.

We’ll just have to wait to find out exactly what Google has in store.


The Nokia Android

So Nokia has succumb to the all mighty Android OS.  This past week they released the Nokia X, X+ and XL at the Mobile World Congress.

Starting with the Nokia X, the entry-level Android.  It has a 4″ screen, 3 megapixel camera, and 4GB of internal memory.  As well as accepting 2 sim cards.
It’ll be available in 6 different colors: black, white, green, red, yellow, and blue.  The X gives users approximately 10.5 hours in talk time. Continue reading “The Nokia Android” »


Review: Locket – Money from your phone

How many times do you grab your phone a day?  Now imagine if you got paid every time you unlocked your phone?  The folks at Locket Inc have developed “locket”, an app that pays you to display an ad on the homescreen of your phone. Continue reading “Review: Locket – Money from your phone” »


John Paulson Agrees…w/Me

So yesterday, hedge fund captain John Paulson (Paulson & Co.) put out a letter to their clients about why they held onto T-Mobile U.S. stock.  The feeling is that T-Mobile is still ripe for a merger/takeover by Dish Network or Sprint.  Not to brag, but I said that 2 weeks ago. Continue reading “John Paulson Agrees…w/Me” »


AT&T Buying Leap

AT&TIn my last article about Wireless (Evolution of the Wireless Landscape) I talked about the coming consolidation of the wireless carriers in the U.S.  One of the carriers I predicted would be picked up by a bigger fish….is in the process of getting picked up.  Leap (Cricket) is getting a $1.2 Billion buyout handed to it by AT&T.  I know, I said that Sprint should buy them and I stand by that.

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So T-Mobile and MetroPCS merged after AT&T’s failed takeover attempt of T-Mobile.  SoftBank’s bid to take over 80% of Sprint got the stamp of approval from shareholders.  Dish Network is searching for a wireless carrier to merge/buy out so it can get into the game.  Verizon Wireless’ parent Vodofone is looking for options.  And AT&T…well who knows?  So what does it all mean? Continue reading “Evolution of the Wireless Landscape” »