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April 7, 2015

Google set to eliminate roaming charges with Hutchison Whampoa

Search giant reportedly also looking to slowly venture into the UK.

By CBR Staff Writer

Goggle is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa, which also owns mobile operator Three, to allow Americans to use their phones abroad without any roaming charges.

The Telegraph cited sources familiar with the matter as saying that the companies are discussing a wholesale access agreement, which could mean tough competition for other mobile operators in the US.

The sources also highlighted that the search giant chose Hutchison because of its efforts to eliminate roaming charges for Three customers.

Google is reportedly planning to provide a global network that will cost customers the same amount to use for calls, texts and data regardless of the location.

The search major is also looking to slowly venture into UK, Italy, and Ireland, where Hutchison operates.

Previously, Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai confirmed the company’s plans to offer a "small scale" wireless service, which will allow the search giant to sell wireless plans directly to users.

According to sources, for now Google might just offer a mobile network in the US, and is unlikely to venture into Britain due to the competitive nature of the European telecoms market, and regulators are already working their way up to eliminate roaming charges.

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