Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. Back in 2006, Google tried to negotiate an unprecedented pricing structure with T-Mobile that would’ve offered Android users a $9.99/month unlimited data plan. The information was revealed on Wednesday through documents in the Oracle vs. Google trial, which also outed renders of an original “Google Phone.”
Apparently, Google hoped to make such a plan possible by foregoing commission it earned from referring Android customers to T-Mobile’s online store, thus subsidizing the cost, The Verge said. Of course, the T-Mobile G1, the first device equipped with Android, was offered with both $25 and $35 data plans, so Google’s attempt to revolutionize carrier pricing — and shop the above Google Phone — obviously never came to be. Imagine what a $9.99 plan would’ve meant for consumers, though. Let’s hope something like this does come to pass sometime in the future.
[via The Verge]