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Apple plan to join Google by becoming MVNO

Apple are looking set to join Google by offering their own wireless service directly to customers.

Sources close to the matter are claiming that the US-based tech company are taking steps towards becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) first in the US and then internationally.

Earlier this year Apple competitor Google launched its own MVNO service called 'Project Fi', relying on US carrier Sprint and T-Mobile for connectivity.

Google's Project Fi MVNO Logo
The new service is currently only available for use on Google's Nexus 6 smartphone, via invitation. However despite it's select requirement Project Fi offers some compelling features, you only pay for the data you use.

For example, if you pay $10 for 1GB data and still have 0.8GB left by the end of the month, you'll receive $8 in credit against your next bill - and it's already here avaialable for use.

Apple LogoApple will still have to play catch-up to Google's service if they are to release it any time soon although experts in the telecom industry have told Business Insider UK that Apple is looking to the long-term with it's MVNO plans which could take 5 years to fully launch the service.

Despite the current lack of service it does appear that Apple have been holding a wireless service close to their chest for many years with the reveal of a patent that was filed back in 2006.

A patent that Apple failed to fulfill, although we're not suprised at that. Apple are a premium brand that will never release a product or service until they are sure that it is ready. At this point in time however it does appear that Apple are getting ready to release a service and make that final push towards offering a complete mobile experience via hardware, software and wireless service.