reless service may hop between networks to hunt optimal signal, report says

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 27 Jan 2015

’s rumored wireless service could include a neat trick: switching your phone between T-Mobile, Sprint, or -Fi depending on who has the best coverage at the moment.

A ll Street urnal report says that’s one of the plans to make ’s potential wireless network a compelling alternative.

Instead of building its own towers, would become a Mobile Network Virtual Operator (MVNO), contracting with Sprint T-Mobile to connect devices over their networks. ile neither of these have the footprint of AT&T or Verizon, combining the two with some capability for attaching to -Fi signals could be enough to get people to switch over from their current carrier.

ile that would require a phone to work across multiple GSM/CDMA/E bs, most current phones would be able to do this, including ’s own Nexus 6 Nexus 5.

’s foray into the world of wireless service has been in the works for some time, could launch in the first half of this year. 

y this matters: It would take a company with the money clout of to break into the wireless industry. The carriers have long been a thorn in the side of by delaying tinkering with Android updates. th ’s own wireless network it could dish out the latest flavors of Android directly to consumers push even more Android device sales.