With iPhones available in most corners of the world, what’s Apple’s next step? Sell wireless service, apparently.
According to Business Insider, Cupertino is in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in the U.S. and Europe.
Instead of building and maintaining a network, Apple would resell service that taps into the networks of large carriers, like Boost Mobile uses Sprint’s network or Straight Talk uses T-Mobile. Apple MVNO users would pay Apple each month.
Don’t go ripping up your carrier contract just yet, though. As Business Insider pointed out, there is no guarantee the program will move out of private testing. But if it does, Apple’s MVNO will not launch for at least another five years.
Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment, though CNBC tweeted that Apple denies plans for such an endeavor.
Several years ago, Apple filed a patent application extension, which describes plans to set up an MNVO, according to TechCrunch. But just because a company has a patent for something doesn’t mean it will make its way into a product lineup.
Rival Google launched its own MVNO, dubbed Project Fi, in April. It’s currently invite-only, but relies on Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular service from T-Mobile and Sprint for connectivity.
Cupertino, meanwhile, is also reportedly testing a voicemail service that uses Siri to answer calls and transcribe messages.