Pretty much confirmed at MWC, “the Nexus” of virtual networks will likely work by mixing Wi-Fi with T-Mobile and Sprint connections.
What started out as an outlandish rumor of a service expansion from Google that made zero sense is now a simple question of time. And if Wall Street Journal’s typically well-informed sources are correct, the search giant’s MVNO shall roll out stateside by the end of this month.
Of course, the haste and general experimental nature of the mobile virtual network operator service is bound to lead to compromises. By far the biggest of which is apparently the number of smartphones supported upon launch – uno.
No prizes for guessing the name of the chosen one. It’s Google’s very own flagship, the Motorola-made Nexus 6. But how come no other handheld is invited to the exclusive party, previous Nexus iterations included? It’s simple, really.
Actually, it’s complicated, yet it can be summed up by circling back to the exploratory character of the “experiment”, and tricky technology needed to optimize both a phone’s hardware and software for use on “Google Mobile.”
It goes without saying not even Big G is crazy (and rich) enough to try to enter the competitive US operator market by starting from scratch. Instead, Larry Page & co. will rely on existing T-Mobile and Sprint infrastructure, adding a touch of Wi-Fi calling autonomy on top. But T-Mo uses GSM tech, whereas the Now Network goes the CDMA path. Hence, the trickiness of the project.
Then again, if all goes well and people begin leaving the Magenta and Now Network boats, or Verizon and AT&T’s camps, we can certainly hope to see the service extended to at least future Nexus phones. For the time being, the name of the game is baby steps.
Source: The Verge