Google wants you to ditch your network

Instead, they'll bid for YOU

Google has decided it isn't content just unveiling a mobile OS that it hopes will disrupt the industry... it wants to change the way networks operate too.

New Scientist has revealed a patent application made by the search kings that would allow your handset to find out what you want to do on it – be it internet connection, text or call, and would send that info to the operators.

They would all then 'bid' for your custom by offering you a choice of prices... helping you save that important moolah you would need to buy a new handset.


Because without being tied to a contract, you would have to then buy the phone without subsidy... be prepared to shell out up to £600.

However, at least Google is thinking about users being bored of choosing a network each time: the phone can be programmed to look for prices that the user will want (ie the cheapest, obviously).

"We file patent applications on a variety of ideas that our employees come up with. Some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don't," a Google spokesman said to New Scientist.


Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.