Secret Google Phone Is Real—Really
It's rumored to be a VoIP-only device made by Samsung or LG
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 2:14 PM CST
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(Newser) – The “Google Phone” is real—no matter what Google has said—it’s coming next year, and it may be VoIP only. Or at least, that’s the rumor. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch says he’s “absolutely confirmed” the phone’s existence. Google will be have another company manufacture the phone, but it’ll have Google branding. “This phone will be Google’s pure vision of what a phone should be.”

Arrington’s also heard “well-sourced rumors” that the manufacturer will be either LG or Samsung, and that Google will start advertising the phone as soon as January. And, most interesting of all, the phone may be a data-only phone, making its calls over the Internet with VoIP. Rumor has it AT&T has already offered to provide data for $20 a month. Of course, not everyone believes Arrington. Lance Ulanoff of PC Magazine thinks the story is “a quilt of unattributed fabrication.”