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Google Phone Could be Data Only, VoIP Calling

Yesterday reports hit that said the Google phone was real. A custom-built, Android-based, Google-branded phone is rumored to be on the market in 2010. Originally reported by Tech Crunch, sources say Google will control all aspects of hardware and software without compromise and, while the device will be manufactured by a well known company, it will be Google's name on the shell.

Today's piece of gossip is that the phone may not actually be a phone. In light of recent comments from Google that the company is "not building hardware but enabling others to do so," Michael Arrington has come up with a theory that would allow Google to put out an Android phone without actually putting out a phone. Confused yet?

Arrington writes:

The Google Phone may be a data only, VoIP driven device. And Google may be lining up at least AT&T to provide those data services for the Google Phone, says one person we spoke with today.

Would you buy a phone that was data only and relied on VoIP? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • kstrat2001
    I've been thinking about doing this for a while now. It would be nice if it were easier to connect to hotspots for VoIP. I think if free hotspots allow for automatic connection this could work but I just keep finding hot spots with some kind of signup/login page and some ridiculous process for getting in. This is especially important for incoming calls. If you are out on the town you can't be expected to maintain a connection manually wherever you go.
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  • Dandalf
    Not in the UK lady. Air latency is vagina. I'd only be able to call within wifi areas.
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  • joshthor
    i would absolutely buy it. it would save money by not having to buy an expensive calling plan and text plan on top of data.
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  • tranzz
    They would have been better using verison they have 5 times more 3g coverage
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  • voidprayer
    And with this will come the death of charging by the minute! Since voice communication is really just another form of data, it makes sense. We need to get away from the 20th century idea of a "phone" anyway. What these are are communication devices. Now only if Google didn't have to work with a big telco to provide data to that phone we'd really see progress, and competition.
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  • I am already using VoIP for most of my phone calls, many companies have already switched to VoIP, and most of my friends already have SIP numbers. Especially with applications like Fring, Truphone, etc. becoming popular on smart phones and SIP numbers appearing on executives' business cards, it's becoming a VoIP world.
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  • MrHectorEric
    I'd be all for a data only phone. It's annoying having to select a voice plan, a text plan, and a data plan. Of course it would have to be cheaper than the 3 combined in order to sell me on it.
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  • backin5
    "And Google may be lining up at least AT&T to provide those data services for the Google Phone, says one person we spoke with today."

    Not AT&T again. I hope for Google's sake that they've been following the whole AT&T vs. Verizon fiasco and choose not to go with AT&T. Or at least go with multiple providers.
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  • zak_mckraken
    DandalfNot in the UK lady. Air latency is vagina. I'd only be able to call within wifi areas.How is it vagina? It's warm, moist and smell funny? I don't envy the UK! Or do I?
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  • BoxBabaX
    zak_mckrakenHow is it vagina? It's warm, moist and smell funny? I don't envy the UK! Or do I?
    This. Hahaha, well done :D.
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