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Google Wireless Could Be a Perfect Place for the Nexus 6



Now that Google is battling U.S. cable providers with its own Google Fiber internet connection, we’re now hearing the next step is a Google-powered wireless network for our smartphones.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Google looking to offer their own wireless network for Android smartphones and tablets, and last year rumors were swirling that a partnership was at least being discussed with DISH, and even Sprint. Today though, a brand new report out of The Information claims Google wants to partner with Verizon as an MVNO network operator, which could be used for Nexus smartphones and tablets.


This means Google would actually be competing with carriers, by offering their own smartphones and devices on a Google wireless network. The way this works is through a MVNO with Verizon, which is a mobile virtual network operator. Essentially piggy-backing on Verizon’s network to offer 4G LTE and cell service.

According to the report this will initially only be offered in select cities where Google Fiber currently is available. Sadly that’s only Kansas City and Provo, Utah for now. However, Google’s Fiber network is vastly expanding, and if they had a wireless network to pair with and offer customers, it could be a complete package.

As many smartphone enthusiasts know, Google’s own Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 don’t work on Verizon. This means not only could future smartphones and tablets work wonderfully with Verizon, but this includes the upcoming Nexus 6 flagship smartphone.

Read: Nexus 6: 25 Things to Expect

The Information also speculates that many users could opt for free WiFi points around select cities for the vast part of connectivity for internet access and voice calling, and use Verizon Wireless only when needed for text messaging or 4G LTE. It’s an interesting development, and one we could be learning about more later this year as Google I/O and the Nexus 6 approach in June.



  1. Jack N Fran Farrell

    04/03/2014 at 3:14 pm

    Instead of limiting itself to 75% coverage within a Fiber Ring of trunk line (plus adjacent suburbs outside the beltway) why not go for 100% coverage via WiFi? What if Google could extend a twenty mile mini-trunk to a county seat thirty miles farther out. After connecting the trunk to a Fiber Hut on rented public land, Google ran 80 miles more to connect to eight towers and covered the whole county. Of course, rural counties would have to cooperate, but the Google Checklist for rural communities should be short compared to cities.

    Now go back and draw a thirty mile radius around all the cities on the Google invitation list. If that does not move the bean counters inhibiting the Telco engineers, then nothing will.

  2. Naomi

    04/04/2014 at 2:06 am

    The concept image shown here related to Nexus 6 is fabulous and I become fan of it.The article is also nicely written and after reading this article I wanna buy this Super Smartphone.

  3. sarahjane

    04/07/2014 at 3:57 am

    I’m huge fan of nexus device but i’m still in confusion who is going to launch this device.

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