Yesterday, CNN Money posted a rather interesting piece that posed the question: could Google become "your new phone carrier?" If you're anything like me (and I hope for your sake that you're not), your first response was "Google? A carrier? #$%^ Yeah!" But as awesome as I'm sure that would be, the more I think about it, the less likely it seems.

I'm not saying it won't happen. Hell, even the author of the article (David Goldman) doesn't seem sure of the idea. The point of the article seems to be more so to point out that it's feasible, especially down the road. And even if Google has the tech, spectrum, and money to make it happen, there will be other roadblocks - namely, regulatory approval.

The ultimate conclusion of the article is that Google may just like having many of the pieces of the puzzle so that it has more bargaining chips with carriers, but they may be willing to put the puzzle together if need be. It's an interesting piece, and it certainly makes you wonder.

[Source: CNN Money]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Phil

    I could see it happening and that article kind of validates my ideas that it just might happen. I'm thinking it would play out in the same way the iPhone and Android did. Google will want to keep things freely moving for the consumer which benefits them. So if the traditional carriers start trying to crack down or if Google gets tired of the whole locked to a carrier phone market Google could use this to break things up.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Exactly :)

  • J. Wise

    I thought about this along time ago.

    Google is part of the "Super Wi-Fi," where they are taking the unused, whitespace, and making internet for everyone.

    This is free. Everyone connects cell phones via Wi-Fi to the "Super Wi-Fi" and uses Google Voice on Android phones.

    Doesn't seem so out there to me. Seems smart.