Google Mobile Service Wants to Offer Free International Voice, Text, Data Roaming
Google reportedly is in talks with Hutchison Whampoa about roaming agreements allowing its U.S. mobile customers to talk, text and use the Internet internationally, erasing the difference between local and international tariffs.
The deal presumably would be reciprocal, allowing Hutchison Whampoa Three customers to roam on Google’s U.S. network without additional charge.
If that is correct, it is likely Google would seek additional agreements with other carriers willing to forego international roaming revenue to gain market share.
Google also is expected to experiment with other innovations, possibly including the ability for a customer’s mobile device to register on a local Wi-Fi network or pick the best mobile operator signal (Sprint or T-Mobile US) available at the moment.
All past mobile virtual network operator and facilities-based mobile networks have used only a single network for access.