Today, the WSJ had an article on Google’s possible mobile phone plans. Last week on November 10th, I predicted here that Google would buy a wireless spectrum (probably the 700MGHz one up for bids) and if not that one, they’d buy a mobile carrier. Then giveaway the monthly service and minutes in exchange for users seeing or hearing ads – along with an optional ‘pay’ ad-free service. Coupled with their ‘android’ OS announcement, I’m still going to predict this will actually happen in the coming months.
Here is what the Journal’s article said in a nutshell: Google is doing the following right now-
• Developed Android software for mobile phones.
• Made Google applications — including email, chat and mapping — available on cellphones.
• Sells advertisements for certain Web sites accessed by cellphone.
• Enables users to do Web and business searches with cellphone browsers, by text message or with a call.
• Is testing an advanced wireless network at Google headquarters.
• Operates a free Wi-Fi network in Mountain View, Calif.
• Expected to bid for wireless spectrum in a January FCC auction.