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Rumor: Google’s Upcoming Wireless Service May Only Be Compatible With The Nexus 6

March 5, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Just this week at MWC 2015 Google head of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai, confirmed that Google was working on their own wireless service, and that they are already close to a launch with a rumored roll out of the service sometime in March. The service which is speculated to be called Google LTE-A, has been talked about more than a few times over the last few months. Although not many details of the service are known just yet, Google did state that they are already working with big partners for the service, and that they aren’t looking to contend on a big scale with industry heavy weights like Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Their aim apparently isn’t to compete but perhaps rather to shake things up a little bit and do something different. They also won’t be a full scale wireless carrier on their own but instead an MVNO(mobile virtual network operator)that will work off of coverage from another service’s towers. The rumors are that it will be T-Mobile and Sprint to work with Google on this venture, allowing for users on the network to switch seamlessly back and forth between the carrier coverage and WiFi networks when available. While the sound of a Google Wireless carrier is neat to think about, before you get your hopes of potentially signing up for this service when it launches, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal the service may only end up working with Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6.

For now this is still just a rumor, but if it turns out to be true users on other Android powered smartphones including older Nexus devices like the Nexus 5 will initially not be able to use it. There weren’t any details given as to what the reason may be for this decision, but perhaps Google wants to keep things small at first so they can see how things work before making a larger selection of devices available. Google is not looking to compete with the other major wireless carriers, and they stand more of a chance of living up to their plans if they limit the amount of devices that can use it. If you own a Nexus 6, it would seem you may be all set up and prepared to use Google’s MVNO network when it goes live. That is assuming Google launches it in your area. As of now Google hasn’t mentioned where they plan to make the service available, so there is no way of knowing just yet how many Nexus 6 users will get access.