Google discussing free international roaming with Hutchinson Whampoa
Recent reports suggest Google is currently in serious talks with Hutchinson Whampoa, owner of the mobile operator Three in the UK, to make international roaming free for Americans.
The tech giant’s latest move is aimed at creating a global network that will cost users the same price for calls, texts and data, irrespective of their location.
According to The Telegraph, Google is in talks with Hong Kong-based Huchison Whampoa, the owner of Three and soon O2, regarding its ambitions.
“In a bid to create a global network that will cost the same to use for calls, texts, and data, irrespective of where the user is located, the search giant is mulling a wholesale access agreement that could help it debut in the US mobile market with its own network,” the report reads.
The report claims that by joining hands with Hutchinson, Google could gain wholesale access to mobile service in the UK, Ireland, Italy, and several other countries where the mobile networks are owned by the Hong Kong-based investment company.
Sources claim that it is practical for the two- Hutchinson and Google- to come together for the purpose as Hutchinson is also aiming to scrap roaming charges for its Three customers.
Last month Google announced plans to offer mobile phone network service in coming months without building mobile masts but relying on wholesale deals to use existing infrastructure both at home and abroad.
Google and Hutchison Whampoa are yet to comment on the report.