Google’s mobile network
Negotiations with Hutchison Whampoa could mean subscribers get free use of mobile phone networks in the UK, Hong Kong, and other countries, according to the UK’s Independent.
Google reportedly is in talks with the operator of the UK’s Three and several other mobile networks to let subscribers use its upcoming mobile phone service without charge while abroad.
Google hopes to offer customers free use of its upcoming network while outside the US, with none of the traditional “roaming” fees travelers pay, according to a report Saturday in the Telegraph. That option is the subject of negotiations between Google and Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, the UK newspaper said, citing unnamed industry sources.
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Hutchison Whampoa would be a potentially powerful global partner to help Google cut roaming fees. It operates the UK’s Three network and is trying to acquire the UK’s O2 network from Telefonica. It also operates networks in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Ireland.
In March, Google announced plans to offer mobile phone network service in coming months through partnerships to use other operators’ network infrastructure. Although Google’s product chief Sundar Pichai said the service will be “smaller scale,” it could shake up the market by resetting customer expectations for what a network should offer and how much it could cost.
Source: Stephen Shankland
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