Google is working on a deal to sell wireless service to a couple major mobile service providers here in the United States, according to recent reports. The reports indicate that the company would be selling a certain amount of wireless service in an effort to ensure that services they own – like Gmail, or YouTube – are more easily connected to on those respective networks. That being said, the deal which has yet to be confirmed is said to be between Google, and Sprint, as well as T-Mobile.
It has been indicated, though, not vetted, that the deals are separate and that they would involve Google simply reselling service on those particular networks in an effort to drive up connectivity speeds. Additionally, it is said to be a move made in an effort to restore some of the competitiveness within the industry. It has even been suggested that Google is doing this in an effort to make sure prices are kept fair and well-balanced between carriers.
That being said, the two largest carriers in the United States have actually been excluded from this deal that Google is supposedly working on, which would lead many to believe that they are working to drive a competitive wedge between the two largest carriers – Verizon and AT&T – and the rest of the competition. Particularly, giving Sprint and T-Mobile an advantage in an area where they have historically struggled.
Data speeds have been a part of the mobile conversation now for years, as companies have done more, or less, depending on your point of view to ensure that their customers receive their fair share. That being said, T-Mobile and Sprint have historically struggled to compete with the larger AT&T and Verizon networks for obvious reasons. However, there is a decisive winner in this combination if the deal does come to fruition. While it may just be a wish for some right now – it would be a major boost for a company like Sprint – who has seen serious struggles in recent years. T-Mobile has had their struggles, but by far Sprint has had the most issues to date.
This doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the company will significantly benefit from this deal, if the deal even happened, but it might at least start to push Sprint back toward a more neutral stance – if nothing else. Representatives from all three companies declined to comment on the issue, and have not released any public statement regarding the future – or any deals that could possibly be in the works.