Not satisfied with shaking up the internet service market, Google has decided to turn its attention to the wireless service market. However, rather than taking the directly competitive approach that it’s doing with Google Fiber, the company has worked out a deal with Sprint and T-Mobile to utilize both of their networks and has created a special system that will automatically choose which connection is best.
Google Inc. ’s upcoming wireless service would aim to end subscribers’ reliance on a single carrier, instead giving them the ability to pick the best signal from a variety of sources, people familiar with the plan said. The service would feature new technology that would hunt through cellular connections provided by Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. and Wi-Fi hotspots, picking whichever offers the best signal to route calls, texts and data, the people said. The offering could be rolled out in the first half of this year and would likely be available nationwide, although previously scheduled launches—including one in October 2014—have been delayed, so the timing could slip again, some of these people said.