Following up on earlier reports that Google was in intense talks with Verizon about building a phone based on Google software, the Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint Nextel is also talking to the search giant. Google is expected to reveal its gPhone in the next two weeks, and a deal with either wireless company might bring phones to consumers by mid-2008.
A gPhone would bring new apps and features to consumers and, probably, lower-cost handsets. Sprint already is partnering with Google on software for WiMAX networks under development in the US. Before any deal is made, Google will have to satisfy carrier concerns over privacy, security and, perhaps most important, revenue sharing in an era when their call income is dropping.