In what is shaping up to be the biggest shake up in the US mobile network scene, Google is currently on track to start its own network to offer cheap tariffs for customers, but it has now been revealed that they are in talks with providers worldwide to off free roaming outside of the states. For its UK partner, Google has been talking to Three owner Hutchison Whampoa, and it looks like the deal is set to be made.
Three has been seen as an obvious choice by observers thanks to its similar ‘Feel At Home’ scheme, which allows UK customers the same free roaming service in selected countries around the world. It also probably has something to do with the pending purchase of O2, which if completed would make Three the largest network in the UK – something that would be greatly beneficial to Google’s mobile customers abroad.
As it stands, Google currently has no plans to bring its network outside of the US, so we in the UK will have to look to MVNOs for cheaper tariffs.