Google is reportedly in negotiations with Hutchison Whampoa, owner of UK mobile operator Three, as well as with a string of mobile providers around the world, to enable consumers to make international mobile calls, send text messages and consume data-heavy content for free.
At last month’s Mobile World Congress trade show, Sundar Pichai, svp of products for Google, said the company did not plan to become a network operator at scale. "We are working with carrier partners. You'll see our answer in coming months. Our goal is to drive a set of innovations we think should arrive, but do it a smaller scale - like Nexus devices - so people can see what we are doing."