Google’s much-trailed mobile network, set to launch in the US later this year, could see consumers charged per gigabyte of data used, in a move which will set it apart from rival operators.
According to details discovered in Nexus 6 firmware, a service called Project Fi, believed to be Google’s network, will allow users to hand over cash for the gigabytes they expect to use.
If they come under that expected figure within the monthly billing period, they’ll get a refund.
It also appears users will be able to pay standard fees for extra data, without having to face punitive charges for spending too much time browsing on their phone or tablet.
A dedicated app called Tycho will apparently allow Google’s mobile network customers to manage their contracts from their device.
Calling or texting within the US is set to be free, something which will doubtless have big-name networks worried.
There is no word as yet on whether Google will rollout its MVNO globally, although recent rumours suggested it was in talks with Three owner Hutchison Whampoa about a future tie–up.
With Hutchison set to take over O2, that could mean good news for UK customers further down the line.