Daily Video: Google Reportedly Is Readying Wireless Services

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2015-01-23 Print this article Print

Google reportedly is readying wireless services; AT&T cloud service is aimed at UC interoperability; Oracle unveils new data center gear, revamps pricing; and more.

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Google has reportedly entered into partnership agreement that will allow it to buy wireless services in bulk from T-Mobile and Sprint and resell them directly to U.S. consumers under its own brand.

The Wall Street Journal reported the company's plan on Jan. 21, quoting sources that it said were close to Google's plans.

The so-called mobile virtual network operator agreement that Google has signed with Sprint and T-Mobile will allow the company to enter the wireless market without having to spend billions of dollars on building and maintaining its own infrastructure. Google itself has not announced anything publicly yet.

AT&T is launching the AT&T UC Federation, a service that enables users to communicate in real time regardless of the unified communications (UC) platform they are using.

The solution is aimed at addressing one of the key challenges in the UC space. There is a wide array of UC platforms from a growing number of vendors.

Getting all these platforms to interoperate easily is something that has long been talked about but hasn't proven easy. AT&T officials are hoping the company's new cloud-based service can solve the issue.

Oracle chairman and co-founder Larry Ellison recently unveiled the latest generation of its Engineered Systems, the X5 line. It is the fourth version designed and built by Oracle since its acquisition of Sun Microsystems five years ago.

The announcement amounted to an Oracle data center equipment sale, analogous to the sales one might see at a big box store—only for large-scale computing systems that go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In its latest bid for new customers, MetroPCS is now offering a $50-per-month rate for unlimited mobile 4G LTE data, talk and text for new or existing prepaid monthly subscribers.

The special promotional rate is $10 off the regular monthly rate of $60 a month and is available through April 5. Users can then keep the $50-a-month rate for as long as they remain customers, according to the company, which is a division of T-Mobile USA.


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