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Amazon Looking to Sell Wireless Services?

by Todd Haselton | August 23, 2013August 23, 2013 10:00 am PST


Amazon’s family of Kindle eReaders and tablets are typically capable of connecting to Wi-Fi and, if they have a data connection, they connect to AT&T’s data network. Oddly, though, it seems like Amazon is trying to launch its own network — perhaps in an effort to end its relationship with AT&T and to sell its own services. According to Bloomberg, Amazon was testing its wireless network using spectrum provided by GlobalStar in Cupertino, Calif.

It has long been rumored that Amazon has high hopes of creating and selling its own smartphone, so it’s possible the company was testing that device. Still, we’re not sure why it would need its own network — which is why this news is so compelling. Why would Amazon want to operate its own wireless network?

Maybe Amazon is in the early stages of a deal with GlobalStar, under which it could potentially sell its own wireless services. In other words, imagine buying a Kindle Fire or a Kindle smartphone from Amazon, and paying Amazon for your voice, data and text message services. It seems a little far fetched now, but Amazon has surprised us in the past.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...