Is Google getting ready to end the need for costly mobile phone minute plans and create a major upset in the mobile carrier industry?

Their coming handsets could be game changing for giving users more power over their mobile handsets, but Google could also be going after the carriers. This week Techcrunch broke news that Google and EBay are in talks about a Skype acquisition or partnership deal. Michael Arrington postulated that Google could be working to integrate their Grand Central, GTalk VOIP and other Voice services such as Google 411 to the Skype community. These services are all complimentary and could be a natural fit for the Skype community.

The VOIP market has not seen substantial growth as people have become more reliant on the cell phones. While it’s currently possible to run Skype on some mobile phones, it has yet to come into the mainstream.

 

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