What Google Should Offer Customers in Its Wireless Service

What Google Should Offer Customers in Its Wireless Service
More Flexibility in Plan Features, Structure
Use T-Mobile for Some Inspiration
Use Google Fiber as a Framework
Pick More Than One Network
Provide Enough Phone Options
A Vision Beyond 'Innovation'
Bring About Change in the Wireless Business
Google Service Should Be Mobile-Platform-Agnostic
Make Everything Web-Based
A WiFi-First Model
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What Google Should Offer Customers in Its Wireless Service

By Don Reisinger

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More Flexibility in Plan Features, Structure

Google's wireless service could present several new opportunities to customers, including the possibility of more flexibility in the plan structure. It would be nice to see Google adopt better ways to charge customers for service, including a method based only on usage. The company might also think of a tiered service with fixed pricing on whatever the person's needs are. So, if the user wants only data for a smartphone, he or she can get it. If the user wants only voice, that's fine, too. Giving customers more choice would be great.

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Use T-Mobile for Some Inspiration

One of the biggest changes to the carrier space has come via T-Mobile. The wireless carrier, which has dubbed itself the un-carrier, has brought about significant change, including ending the industry practice of judging people on credit scores, opening up data on more prepaid plans, and more. Google could learn a few things from T-Mobile and create new ideas that go even further.

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Use Google Fiber as a Framework

Google doesn't need to be everywhere to be successful. The company should follow its Google Fiber model and slowly but surely expand its service nationwide. The move will allow Google to work out the kinks before it makes the service more widely available and, at the same time, build interest in what it's doing. Google Fiber has put cable companies on notice, and it would be nice to see Google do the same to the wireless industry.

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Pick More Than One Network

According to reports, Google will allow its customers to access the Web and use voice and text over Sprint and T-Mobile networks. However, AT&T and Verizon have the biggest networks. It would be nice to see Google allow customers to pick the service they want from any of the big four and seamlessly switch between those networks whenever they experience problems.

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Provide Enough Phone Options

It will be critical for Google to offer enough phone options with its wireless service. Google must not offer just a handful of devices at launch. Customers like options and like knowing that they can get what they want on the network they choose. Google must remember that with its upcoming wireless service.

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A Vision Beyond 'Innovation'

Google's Pichai said that the company's service will not necessarily compete with the big four carriers, but will be a place of "innovation" for the industry. That's nice to hear, but it'd be best to see Google have a real vision beyond just being a test ground for new ideas. How can Google's service expand over time? What kind of features can be added as more customers come online? Google needs to be more than an incubator for cool ideas.

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Bring About Change in the Wireless Business

Although Google says it has no interest in competing with wireless carriers, there is some hope that the interesting ideas it presents in the marketplace could work some change on the big carriers' business models. After all, if Google is doing things that have historically not been done, customers will call on their current carriers to follow suit. The singular goal Google should have is to innovate and force change in the industry by doing what's right for customers. If the company can do that, it'll be successful.

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Google Service Should Be Mobile-Platform-Agnostic

There's a very real possibility that Android devices will be the only products offered through Google's wireless service. However, in order for it to be taken seriously and for the offering to have credibility, Google should welcome iPhones and Windows Phone devices, among others. True platform agnosticism is an absolute requirement if Google's wireless service is to be successful.

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Make Everything Web-Based

One of the last things Google should do is build brick-and-mortar stores to drive its wireless business. Not only is the cost astronomical, but it also adds a whole new layer of customer service staff that the average consumer and enterprise customer won't want to deal with. Google should go straight to a Web-based model that allows users to sign up for everything they want online. Going to the traditional model makes no sense.

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A WiFi-First Model

Over the last few months, a handful of reports and rumors have surfaced, saying that Google would work on a WiFi-First cellular model. What that means is the company's service would actively seek a WiFi connection first to connect calls. If there is no suitable WiFi signal, the device would automatically turn to whichever cellular network provides the best service in that area. It's a great way to save money and something Google should definitely offer.

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