Google has Fi and now Apple could be launching its own carrier service. Business Insider reports that the Cupertino company is in talks to offer its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in both the U.S. and Europe.
The new service could rely heavily on the Apple SIM, allowing you to switch quickly between networks to find the fastest service. Then, at the end of the month, you’d pay Apple for your phone use. The company would in turn pay individual carriers for the right to use their networks.
The plan has reportedly been in development for years, and most carriers allegedly consider it an “open secret.” The service could also incorporate Apple’s new plans for voicemail, which reportedly include a Siri-powered transcribing service.
Apple’s MVNO is apparently still very much in testing and may not launch for as long as five years.