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Google cellular service in the works

Google will soon be offering cellular network plans, says the company's vice president Sundar Pichai.

But company says it's no threat to traditional wireless carriers

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Google will announce its new cellular network plans in coming months. (Manu Fernandez/Associated Press)

Google will soon be offering cellular network plans.

Vice-President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Pichai said on Monday "we are at a stage where it important to think about hardware, software and connectability together."

Pichai calls Google's plan to offer cellular services "a project" and insists that the internet giant is not a threat to traditional telephone and internet service providers.

He says "we don't intend to be a network operator at scale."

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