Google phone or phoney?


via Techdirt:

“The Times Online in the UK has announced, definitively, that the only possible reason why Google might be searching for such a person is because Google “is set to launch a free telephone service that links users via a broadband internet connection using a headset and home computer.” The Times does not appear to have a shred of evidence to actually support this claim, other than the job posting, and some random speculation from analysts. However, they seem quite sure that there could be no other explanation for the search for dark fiber. It seems that the Times may be a victim of a big internet-based game of telephone, interpreting bits of information that passed from site to site to conclude that Google is somehow about ready to launch their own phone system.”

Could it have nothing to do with phones, but as Net Imperative suggests, bandwith management?:

“However, search engine expert Mike Grehan says Google’s desire for a network specialist may simply be down to the fact that “it has to has to distribute 30 terabytes of data around the globe in order to remain current in their network of data centres.”

“I don’t know about them going into the phone business. But it would make sense to have their own data distribution network,” he added.””


Comments (6)

  1. James says:

    Well it is here! and it is great!!

  2. Juemelle says:

    Hi Alex,

    I’ve been doing some random searches on Google and their hardware offerings and some of the most interesting articles happen to be from you.

    I have a theory that Google will come up with a mobile hardware device pretty soon (as in late this year). My thinking is that it’ll be some sort of PDA for consumers. My friends here in Asia are also speculating that this product will be launched in Japan.

    Any thoughts? Would love to hear from you.

    Juemelle Villamora

  3. MSDNArchive says:

    Juemelle – thanks for dropping by.

    A Google PDA for consumers? It would be a big leap for them, and quite a risk given the other routes they could take / investments they could make.  Partner with PDA makers? Yes I could see that.

    Alex.

  4. Juemelle says:

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for your opinion. Actually I’m also thinking that it is really quite a risk for Google but because of the articles I’ve been reading I really think that it could really be possible.  Do you think it will really be a PDA? Or could it be a mobile or an iPod-like device? And why do you think it will be in Japan?  

    I hope to get your opinion again.  

    Juemelle