Google reportedly is in talks with the operator of the UK’s Three and several other mobile networks to let subscribers use its upcoming mobile phone service without charge while abroad.
Google hopes to offer customers free use of its upcoming network while outside the US, with none of the traditional “roaming” fees travelers pay, according to a report Saturday in the Telegraph. That option is the subject of negotiations between Google and Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, the UK newspaper said, citing unnamed industry sources.
Hutchison Whampoa would be a potentially powerful global partner to help Google cut roaming fees. It operates the UK’s Three network and is trying to acquire the UK’s O2 network from Telefonica. It also operates networks in Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Ireland.
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