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April 6, 2015

Google reportedly looking to team up Three UK for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

google-logo_800a_picmonkeyedGoogle announced its plans to launch a mobile network last month. As it will not build mobile masts it will rely on wholesale deals with mobile operators to piggyback their own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to work both at home and abroad.

The Telegraph report is saying that Google is in talks with Google is in talks with Hutchison Whampoa (HWL), owner of Three UK, to allow Google consumers to use their smartphones abroad at no extra cost, owner of Three UK, to allow Google consumers to use their smartphones abroad at no extra cost.

Google would like to team up with (HWL) to provide its service into the UK, Ireland, Italy and other European countries the company operates in. It seems like a marriage made in heaven for Google to select the Hong Kong company as a partner being that Hutchison Whampoa is actively pushing its free roaming service ‘Feel-at-Home’ across Europe with Three UK (currently supports select countries).

These talks would be very important to both Google and (HWL), who announced on the 25th March it had bought O2 for £9.25 billion  as now the discussions on a wholesale access agreement that would become an important part of Google’s planned attempt to shake-up the US mobile market with its own network.

The report goes on to say 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, which is very much in keeping with Three’s thinking.

Other networks are also reported to be in talks with Google. According to the Telegraph:

Source: Telegraph

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini