Google Officially Announces Project Fi – Their New Wireless Service
It’s finally happened. After quite a lot of rumors over the past couple of months, Google’s wireless service is official. Nicknamed Project Fi, the service uses a combination of two networks and WiFi to bring customers faster speeds, more secure data, and more connectivity.
Project Fi uses existing networks and WiFi to automatically hand off connectivity to the fastest available network. At one moment you may be on one network LTE, but as you move down the road, another network may have a stronger signal. Project Fi will automatically switch to that network to give you the best speeds possible. Available WiFi will also do the same as if you enter an area with WiFi, you’ll be connected to that.
Project Fi also has a list of free WiFi hotspots that Google has verified as fast and reliable and your phone will automatically connect to them. When connected to those hotspots, your data is automatically secured through encryption.
At first Project Fi will only work with the Nexus 6 as the hardware and radios are designed to work with this new network.
Cell phone plans are never cheap and Project Fi wants to change the way they work. Project Fi pricing just makes sense. You pay $20 right away for unlimited talk and text (domestic) and unlimited text internationally as well as for WiFi tethering and coverage in over 120 countries. After that you add $10 for every GB of data you want to have. At the base you’ll pay $30 per month for the basics and 1GB of data. Here’s the fun part however. Let’s say you get a large plan like for instance the 10GB plan. That plan costs $100 a month. For the most part, you probably won’t use that entire allotment. On other carriers, that extra data would either roll over to the next month or go to waste but either way you’d pay that $100. On Project Fi however, you’ll get money back for the data you don’t use. So let’s say you pay for 10GB but you only use 6GB. You’ll automatically get back $40 for the 4GB you didn’t use.
If you decide to actually use Project Fi, here’s what you can expect when making phone calls. Basically you’ll have WiFi calling combined with standard data. Users will be able to make calls over WiFi which will seamlessly transfer to data when moving away from WiFi and vice versa. You’ll also be able to make calls and texts on your phone, tablet, and computer (Windows, Mac, Chromebook).
For now Project Fi only works with the Nexus 6 and requires an invite to join. If you want to learn more about the service, you can check out Google’s landing page right now.