Google will sell wireless service plans directly to consumers, managing both calls and mobile data on a cellular network, The Information reports.
Sources close to the deal say that Google will pay Sprint and T-Mobile for access to their mobile networks, according to The Information.
What’s more, if the contract with Sprint results in a large enough influx of new Google mobile customers, the telecom can renegotiate its deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
This news reveals another prong of Google’s desire to bring the Internet to every nook and cranny of the Universe. Earlier this week, Google bought a piece of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration startup, investing $1 billion in the company in order to further develop satellites that could beam the Internet back at the Earth.
On Friday, Google sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commision asking for more access to high-frequency radio bands. According to the tech giant’s request, such access would allow for crazy new innovations like beaming broadband down from hot air balloons and drones. This missive came on the heels of another one sent in late December lobbying for access to telephone poles, which would allow Google to deploy Google Fiber at one tenth the cost it currently does.