ok, i hate how you guys say "nothing is really 'free'", because there are a lot of free things. Starting off with linux. Linux is free and many people take advantage of it. Google search engine is free and pretty much everything google makes is free. The way they will be able to provide free service is by obtaining the 700Mhz broadband spectrum which was used for TV in the U.S., but the new law requires everything be transmitted in HD. So if Google obtains this broadband spectrum, they will be able to use it for anything, even phone service. And google will provide this service only in the U.S., not croatia or any part of europe.
I think this is a great idea, and if google can make it happen, why not?
Any high-ranking government official, that needs to sign the concession on (GSM or TV) frequency will take into consideration 1000s of employees working for real phone companies and the landslide of their customers rushing to google for a free service. They will see that it would mean 1000s of unemployed people in their district/state. You really think that it will ever see the daylight? *shakes his head*
same, thats what we are doing (whole uk aims to be by 2012) what i was saying was that the way we do it, the HD signals operate on the same frequency as the old analog ones (when the analog goes off, the hd comes on) , whereas you said that in the USA these would go up for sale?
kind of. Companies will be able to buy a license to use them for whatever, but the government would still own it. We're supposed to go all HD for 2009. There's a actually a lot of companies that to bid for the spectrum, including sprint, verizon, at&t, google and even apple. And they all just want to use it to provide phone service, even apple i think.