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.