Google CEO sees free cell phones, funded by ads

Google’s success has been based on it’s every popular advertising system, that has been very successful for the company. So it only seems natural that they would venture into other areas such as cell phones. They also have several projects under way, such as in San Franciso, CA., in which they will be offering free wireless service paid for by ads. Time will tell if Google will be able to continue their success by expanding to other areas.

“Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

Schmidt said Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy.

“Your mobile phone should be free,” Schmidt told Reuters. “It just makes sense that subsidies should increase” as advertising rises on mobile phones.

He was interviewed following a speech on the theme of business innovation organized by Italian student groups and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Schmidt also said his company was working on how to allow users to maintain basic control of their personal data.

Currently, Google stores consumer data on hundreds of thousands of its own computers in order to provide additional services to individual users. The company is looking to allow consumers to export their Web search history or e-mail archives and move them to other sites, if they so choose.”

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