Before I start to explain this wild rumor, I want to make sure you all have a salt shaker near by, as you’re going to need more than just a “grain.” Apparently Google and Dish Network are beyond the discussion stage when it comes to the supposed union, which will see the birth of a new wireless service set to compete with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The guys over at 9to5Google (a sister-site of 9to5Mac, who are a trust worthy bunch) say they’ve heard from reliable sources that this service is well under way and that Google is already knee deep in development. These sources also believe that Google could kick off their network by mid-2013, not a full nationwide rollout mind you, but a slow start, not unlike Google Fiber in Kansas City.
Rumored details of the new service say that rather than featuring voice plans, Google intends to offer data only, using VoIP (voice over internet protocol) to make calls via Google Voice or Google Talk. If Google’s dabble in Fiber optic cable and internet have taught us anything, it’s that Google doesn’t mess around with slow speeds, so we’d assume what ever they offer, “if they offer” anything, it’ll be fast, really fast.
As I said, this is a big rumor and obviously Google and Dish arent’ talking, so we’ll have to wait things out a bit. Either way, it looks like next year’s Google I/O could be very interesting.