Google’s wireless services could come sooner than we thought. Meanwhile, the other carriers are fighting over territory and expanding their businesses. Let’s jump into all the juicy details!
Rumors of Google joining the carrier wars exploded last week. What could Google bring to the table? We talked a bit about that already, but today’s rumors tell us when the carrier could become available.
The WSJ is giving us a pretty big window, stating the service is likely to launch during the 1st half of 2015. Regardless, this means the service will be launching relatively soon.
The anonymous source also states their service will be somewhat similar to FreedomPop. It’s said the phones will rely on WiFi networks to provide service. This may include offering voice and text messaging over data. And the service would fall back n Sprint and T-Mobile when WiFi is not available.
Opinion: This is all awesome, but the real question is whether Google will be able to compete or not. We believe price would be one of the best incentives to move over to Google’s network, but “sources familiar with the matter” say the Search Giant doesn’t want to compete too much with prices just yet. What could this mean? The service would be cheaper for them, after all, especially if they rely on WiFi so strongly.
Mexican Mogul Carlos Slim may have something to fear as his carrier, Telcel, starts to see some real competition. We previously told you all about Mexico’s mobile monopoly, something we are hoping will change once AT&T really takes over Iusacell, a carrier they acquired recently.
Many changes will come, and it will take time, but AT&T seems to believe they will need more. This is why they are planning to acquire yet another carrier! AT&T has reached an agreement with NII Holdings to acquire the carrier for $1.875 billion, a deal that would help AT&T further invest in our neighboring country.
Opinion: This is no small acquisition. Nextel Mexico’s network currently covers about 76 million people. Is AT&T getting too greedy here, though? This deal would make it the first North American carrier covering over 400 million users (USA and Mexico combined). The only thing worse than a greedy monopoly could very well be a greedy duopoly.
Getting the best devices available in the market is what every geek wants, but this gadget-collecting hobby can be pricey. T-Mobile doesn’t stop surprising us with its ground-breaking changes, and today they are introducing a new program that will help you get discounts on the latest gadgets.
They call it SCORE!, and it pretty much consists of paying a $5 monthly fee. This would help you qualify for some great deals after you have been paying for a bit. After 6 months, you would qualify for a free entry-level phone. Stay a whole year and you can get discounts of up to $150 USD.
To make the deal even sweeter, you don’t need to be a postpaid customer in order to take advantage of SCORE!. Even Simply Prepaid users can join in!
Opinion: T-Mobile is making it very hard to not switch over to their network. This is a very neat program for those who like upgrading often.