Google is reportedly in talks with Hutchison Whampoa — the owner of Three — to allow customers of its upcoming mobile network in the United States to roam on the latter’s network at no additional cost.
Google has already confirmed that it is working on its own mobile network, though it is clearly an experiment and is not meant to take on any of the U.S. carriers. The company’s mobile network will be making use of the existing network infrastructure from T-Mobile and Sprint and Wi-Fi hotspots, and seamlessly merge them to offer better call quality and data transfer speeds.
By entering into an agreement with Hutchison, Google will be able to provide users on its own network with free international roaming services in the UK, Ireland, Italy and other markets of the world. Hutchison is also in favor of removing roaming charges and is already working on completely eliminating them for Three customers.
It is understood that Google aims to create a global network that will cost the same to use for calls, texts and data no matter where a customer is located.
The sources of The Telegraph also reveal that Google has no plans to offer its own mobile network in the European region as it is relatively competitive.[Via The Telegraph]