California-based Google has filed a patent application with the US Patent Office for a system which will allow users to switch between operators to get the best price and bandwidth without additional costs. The application was initially filed in March 2007.
The company said the system would require users to have mobile devices which can operate on different networks, including Wi-Fi and other incompatible cellular technologies as well as on multiple operator networks. In the current scenario, operators typically try to lock customers into using only their networks.
As per the new system, a user can have a phone which is configured to use the least expensive option for connectivity at all times. The device could automatically switch to the network that has the best price without interrupting a user's voice call or data connection. The company said a program on the phone can contact each of the available networks individually or communicate with a central server that handles the negotiations with each service provider.
The company has also filed an application with the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks in India for its recently developed social network site based on user preferences and format performance data.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is offering a phone that automatically uses a customer's home Wi-Fi network to carry calls when the user is at home.