In April, Google introduced Project Fi, a new wireless service that the company claims will provide faster speeds. and better reach with a unique, cost-effective pricing approach. Today we’re going to look at what Google wants to do and how they plan to make it happen.

What is Project Fi?

Project Fi is Google’s attempt to provide everyone with access to a high-speed wireless network. constantly. Because even in today’s connected world, there are still times when we need information quickly but not fast enough. Project Fi aims to make sure that never happens.

In addition to offering high-speed data services Google also wants to make Fi more accessible by billing differently than most mobile plans. Instead of paying for a monthly plan and outrageous charges if you exceed it, Google will only charge you for the data you actually use at a predictable flat rate.

Make no mistake, though: Project Fi is not a wireless carrier. in the traditional sense. Google has made it clear that it is not interested in competing with well-known operators. In fact, it is partnering with two of America’s leading mobile carriers — Sprint and T-Mobile — to make Project Fi possible, and relying on their cellular capabilities.

How it works

Project Fi is a network of networks. This ensures that you are connected to the best possible network, wherever you are. If you’re connected to Verizon’s network and Fi detects that Sprint’s signal has a stronger signal, you’ll move to Sprint to ensure the fastest possible speed. During a given day, you may be transferred between two 4G LTE networks and various public WiFi hotspots. hotspots hotspots — and, in theory, it will be completely unhindered.

Project Fi makes heavy use of WiFi, connecting your device to «free, open networks that require no action to connect.» This way, when you come into range of a public WiFi network, you are automatically connected — and when the signal starts to weaken, you will be transferred back to the fastest available cellular network. And don’t worry: all data sent through open WiFi hotspots is protected with encryption.

Google also wants to make you device independent. With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud. You can call and text over WiFi, and talk, text, and check voicemail using your phone number on almost any device — Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, or Chromebook. In a way, Project Fi is the big brother of Google Voice. Upon registration, you will be asked to either use or discard your Google Voice number upon registration.



Project Fi takes a «fresh approach» to plans and pricing. There is only one plan available and it really can’t be much simpler. There is no annual contract and fees are based on usage.

The first part of the plan, Fi Basics, costs $20 per month. This includes unlimited domestic calls and texts, unlimited international text, «low cost» international calls, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in more than 120 countries.

Plus, it’s $10 per gigabyte of data. $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, etc.

But wait — it gets more interesting. You only pay for the data you actually consume, and you will be credited with all rollover data in the next billing period. For example, if you are on a 2 GB plan ($20 per month) and only use 1 GB in a particular month, you will receive $10 the next month.

What’s the catch?

There’s no benefit per se — but there are a few downsides for early adopters.

First of all, you must have a Nexus 6. Google says it supports Project Fi exclusively for Nexus 6 owners because the device supports a wide range of LTE networks. Users of other devices will have to wait, unfortunately.

In the beginning, Project Fi also only supports single accounts, and family plans aren’t supported — at least not for now.

How to register


Project Fi is currently an invitation-only program, but you can get on the waiting list today! If you have a Nexus 6 and would like to try the Google network, you can request an invite here.

What do you think of Project Fi? Want Google to be your wireless carrier? Are you considering switching when it’s public? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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