Google is working on a 'wholesale access agreement' with Hutchison Whampoa to ensure that customers of Three can benefit from it's plans of doing away with roaming charges on international calls from anywhere in the world.
The move will benefit Three's user bases in the UK, Ireland, Italy and several other countries. This is part of Google's plans to turn into a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) by purchasing 3G and 4G networks at wholesale prices and selling them to customers at lesser rates.
However, the move coincides with Three's own 'Feel At Home' scheme which lets users make calls from anywhere in the world at no extra cost. The scheme is currently in place in 18 countries across the world.
Google's plans may, however, put mobile operators in the UK and across Europe who seek roaming charges on international calls under great pressure, though it may have a limited impact as mobile network rates are highly competitive and roaming charges could soon be a thing of the past.
Sundar Pichai, Vice President at Google, said, ‘You will see us announce it in the coming months, I think we are at a stage where it is important to think about hardware, software and connectability together," while confirming Google's talks with Hutchison Whampoa in this regard.