Google Ready To Bid In Wireless Auction, Says WSJ

Google ready to bid on a part of the 700MHz wireless spectrum says the Wall Street Journal. A Google spokesperson told the WSJ that it would officially announce its intentions by the Dec 3 deadline but:

“In the meantime, we are making all the necessary preparations to become an applicant to bid,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure that American consumers have more choices in an open and competitive wireless world,” the spokesman added

The WSJ also speculates that Google could become a carrier:

Meanwhile, back at its headquarters, Google is already operating an advanced high-speed wireless network under a test license from the FCC, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has erected transmission towers on its campus for the network. Prototype mobile handsets powered by the Android software are currently running on it.

Experience with the technology could aid the company in operating a full-fledged carrier, one of the options it’s considering. Google is betting it could potentially build and operate a wireless network faster and cheaper than traditional operators.

Google phone, Google phone! (or Android, Android, whatever.)

Google Has Even Bigger Plans for Mobile Phones [WSJ via Wired]