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MEGATech Biz: Google to Launch Wireless Carrier with Dish Network?

Remember when Google was “just a search engine”? And then it expanded to provide all sorts of other online services, like Google Docs (now Google Drive), Google Video (now merged with YouTube), and Google+. And then they got into making software with Chrome and Android. And then they got into hardware with the Nexus line of devices. But that’s not where the Google monster is going to stop. They want your cell phone bill too.

Granted that these are very preliminary talks, but it seems that the folks at Google are currently in discussions with the folks at Dish Network about launching a major wireless carrier. The yet unnamed entity would then be competing directly against the likes of Verizon, AT&T and other major US wireless providers. The idea here is to use the spectrum already owned by Dish and then compliment it with Google’s infrastructure, funding and wherewithal.

This is not that far-fetched. Google Fiber just launched in Kansas City, so it’s not beyond Google to get into the wireless industry either. Considering that the Google wireless carrier could leverage Nexus devices running on Android with plenty of Google apps, Google could have a complete ecosystem on its hands. What was that about doing no evil?

In any case, Dish Network is having “talks” with multiple potential partners and Google just happens to be one of them. This may or may not turn into something, since they’re only at an “exploratory stage,” but if Google approach wireless the way it’s approaching its Google Fiber ISP business, I’m all for it.

Via WSJ

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