Google’s Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service could deliver free international calls for US users when it launches, amid rumours the search giant is in talks with Three owner Hutchison Whampoa about plans that could shake up the mobile industry around the globe.
While details are not yet clear, it is thought Google's much rumoured mobile offering will use Hutchison networks around the world to offer those leaving the States the chance to make calls without facing huge bills when returning home.
Three's parent company is said to be the perfect partner, according to sources, on the grounds that it's already offering free roaming to its customers.
Three’s Feel At Home service allows UK customers to make calls, send texts and use data in select countries without having to pay extra.
An exact launch date for Google's plan isn’t clear. But what is apparent is that the Big G's MVNO has the potential to shake up not only the US market but also challenge standard practice for global telecoms businesses.
If Google is offering a free roaming service, it is likely consumers will sit up and take notice, pressurising their providers to do the same.
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