Google’s Sundar Pichai has essentially confirmed reports that the company will become a wireless provider of sorts in “the coming months.” During his appearance at Mobile World Congress today, Pichai acknowledged that Google is working with “existing partners” to create its own MVNO, but stopped short of confirming that Sprint and T-Mobile are those partnering networks, as has been rumored. But he did reveal that Google has been in contact with Verizon Wireless and AT&T about its plans – likely to head off any potential ugly conflict between Mountain View and the largest, most powerful providers in the United States. “Carriers in the US are what powers most of our Android phones, and that model works really well for us,” he said.
Additionally, The Verge has an interesting article about just how far along Google’s Project Loon is.
Wouldn’t be surprised if this was some google value added thing ala Walmart’s family talk on T-Mobile.
Also, I just got a ZTE Zmax and am very happy with it (well except that there is no root for it yet). Wifi calling is a huge win for me which didn’t work out of the box probably due to trasnfering from an older sim card to a new one and something getting bodged up but after a pleasant chat with Jason A. on tmobile’s live chat it works just fine (took 15min to fix the REG90 error including rebooting the phone)
Also take note! The ZTE Zmax is $191 tax and all from walmart and it works fine with my plain t-mobile prepaid plan (It isn’t locked to work only with family talk).
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That would ease they work and prevent them from using huge resources to decrypt the communications, hence lessen their ecological footprint.
Go green, go NSA…