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Google Changes the Telco Game: This Is Why I Love Free Markets

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Google has filed a patent today for something called “Flexible Communication Systems and Methods.” The premise is that a mobile device will automatically be able to detect the cheapest Wi-Fi, WiMax or cellular plan in any given location. Depending on where you are, your connection will come from various providers.

To quote from AndroidGuys:
If anything, this disrupts things a little bit more. By forcing the carriers to adopt a Lending Tree type mentality, they will compete for your services even more. “Hey, we can give you 3G speeds here for $X per GB! Would you like to use our service?” Cable and DSL companies should be worried too. That Clearwire partnership also involves Time Warner, Comcast, and Brighthouse. Maybe you get your cellular service through AT&T, but your data device bounces around from one company to another.

In it’s simplest terms: Google makes money via advertising on the internet and mobile search. The cheaper the bandwidth, the more people using Google, the more money they make. So Google wants more people to have better access to the internet. Everyone benefits. That’s the beauty of the free market.