Looks like Microsoft might be following in Alphabet’s footsteps with a new cellular data offering.
The maker of Windows Phones has listed an app in the Microsoft app store called simply “Cellular Data.”
Originally reported by engadget, the listing advertises a free app that allows users to connect to a “trusted nationwide mobile data network using only your Microsoft account.”
Windows 10 users can connect with and pay for only the data they use with their Microsoft account information. “That means no fixed contract and no long-term commitments to a mobile network operator,” the listing states.
Microsoft was not immediately available for comment on the matter.
The app is designed to work solely with specific Windows 10 devices and requires a Microsoft SIM card.
Microsoft instructs that to use the service, users need to: 1. Click the WiFi icon at the far right of the taskbar; 2. In the list of networks, look for one called Cellular data, then select it; 3. In Mobile settings, select ‘View plans’, then follow the steps to buy mobile data and get online.
The listing includes a link to “cellular data website,” which redirects to Microsoft’s home page.
Google recently rolled out its Project Fi service, which connects users to the strongest available signal on either Wi-Fi or LTE. Project Fi operates on Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s LTE networks.