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Report: Google’s mobile network will offer free roaming

Google is reportedly discussing a deal with Three to enable customers of the web giant’s planned US mobile network to roam for free while traveling in the UK.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Google and Three owner Hutchison Whampoa have engaged in talks over a wholesale agreement that would allow American customers to use calls, minutes and data across the pond, without fear of roaming charges.

Sources claimed Google sees Three as a natural partner due to its pioneering work in the UK. The network has gained favour with consumers for the ‘Feel At Home’ scheme enabling folks to devices as normal when visiting 18 countries.

Judging by the report, it seems Google would be seeking partners in each country as an underpinning principal of any new network.

Free worldwide roaming would be a major selling point if Google truly plans on shaking up the mobile landscape in the United States.

Last month Google announced its plans to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, allowing it to offer tariffs to customers by piggybacking on the infrastructure of existing networks and hopping between providers as necessary.

The company is likely to lower the entry level for smartphone customers in the US, fed up of paying up ways of £60 a month for their mobile phone contracts.

Deals with partners across the globe would make Google’s offering a no-brainer for mobile users who’re used to traveling abroad.

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Google and Three are yet to comment on the reports.

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