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SAN MATEO, Calif. — Google is set to launch a new wireless service as soon as Wednesday that is expected to allow customers to pay for only the data they use, according to a new report.

Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile have agreed to carry the traffic on their networks, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. At first, it will only work on Google’s latest Nexus 6 phones.

A representative from Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The entry isn’t a total surprise: In February, a senior Google executive told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Google planned to offer its own U.S. cell-phone network service in order to improve connectivity on mobile phones.

At the time, Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of products, insisted that the “project” was not a threat to traditional telephone and Internet service providers.

Nonetheless, Google has a history of turning existing markets — search, email and more recently, Internet service providers — on their heads. The entry may lead to more big changes for smartphone customers. They’re already benefiting from aggressive competition among the biggest telecom companies, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, as they counter slowing mobile user growth.

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