Google, Three to Team Up and Remove International Roaming?
It looks like Google in on a seemingly never ending expansion spree. There have been reports that they will be acquiring an Indian company to secure mobile ad business, they started their own mobile payment service, Android Pay, they acquired Toro, they are taking Android further to watches and cars, they are patenting home security systems, they are making Android based VR software, and they have bought tons of domains including the entire .app domain.
Apparently, there is a lot more to come and one example of this is an alleged partnership that Google is discussing with Hutchison Whampoa.
According to unofficial sources, the two companies are taking about a joint venture that would allow Google to offer free roaming to users of its mobile network outside the United States.
For those who do not know, Hutchison Whampoa is the owner of the mobile operator network Three and if the deal is struck it could be one of the primary jolts that Google intends to hit the US mobile operator market with.
This is because Hutchison Whampoa operates in numerous countries like UK, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Ireland.
The idea of Google is that their mobile network will cost the same to their customers no matter which part of the world they are in and no matter what services they are using i.e. text messages, calls or internet data plans.
While Google and Three have declined to comment on the matter, I can see the US competitors already worrying about their pricing. Don’t you?