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September 26th, 2008, 01:17 PM
In the same week Google unveiled a cellphone tied globally to Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile network, a patent application suggests it is planning to rid users of the need to choose a single network at all.
The patent describes a system where instead of always connecting to one network, a phone, laptop or other wireless device invites all available networks to bid for your business. The US patent application was filed in March 2007 and published today.
Devices using the system would send networks a description of their requirements for example, a phone call or access to the internet and receive back bids with a per-minute cost, or flat rate, at which those needs could be met.
Users can either manually accept the bid that looks best to them, or have the phone choose one automatically, based on pre-programmed criteria.
The patent does not specify connection technologies so it could apply to any wireless technologies, such as GSM, 3G, Wi-Fi or planned "white space" spectrum freed up by the demise of analogue TV transmissions.
"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 told New Scientist.


Puck the Pooka
September 27th, 2008, 04:58 PM
This could explain Google's position in recent FCC hearings. The more free band width that's out there, the more Google stands to profit. NBC and CBS loose out and possibly go out of business.

The world is changing, in a very big way.