Google sure has been busy, and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon. Just yesterday, I told you about the company's huge investment in Elon Musk's SpaceX, and now the search engine giant is planning on becoming a wireless provider, too.
Reports indicate that Google isn't going to actually set up its own cellular network. Instead, it's going to pay Sprint and T-Mobile to use their existing networks. This practice isn't new and is called a mobile virtual network operator agreement.
This deal could end up being a big win for consumers, because Google could offer cheaper data plans than the competition.
There are a few reasons Google is interested in becoming a wireless provider. The company could be dipping its toes in the water to see how consumers react. Who knows? Google could eventually set up its own network and challenge Verizon, AT&T and its current partners Sprint and T-Mobile.
It's doing the same thing in the Internet service industry by providing its high-speed Google Fiber connections to select customers around the country. Google has some other motivations in the short term, too.
More affordable plans, in turn, could bring more people online, something that Google is trying to do because it runs the Internet's dominant search engine and largest advertising network. The Mountain View, California, company would profit from a potentially larger audience for its services.
And, Google cell subscribers might be more motivated to buy phones outfitted with the company's Android operating system that is pre-loaded with lots of Google products like Google Search.
It's not clear where Google's cell service will be available or when it will launch just yet.