Google has announced it has launched its own wireless service today called Project Fi which is priced competitively when compared to already well established wireless companies AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
Project Fi will cost $20 per month for talk, text, and additional features like Wi-Fi hookups and international coverage for over 120 countries. Additional charges includes $10 per gigabyte of data used each month, which Google will credit their customer’s accounts with any rollover data. As of now, Google will accept Nexus 6 phones to its Project Fi as customers will be switching between Sprint and T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi hot spots, depending on which has the strongest signal at the time of calls.
Project Fi is available now in most of the US, although the only way to sign up for the service is via invitation. You can request for an invitation into Project Fi at the following link.
Google entering the wireless service market will certainly keep AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint on their toes as they'll now be feeling the pressure to not only offer better pricing options the further Project Fi expands, but they'll also undoubtedly need to provide improvements to their wireless connections, depending on how well Project Fi performs. $20 per month for talk and text is extremely cheap as the only other competitor that gets close to that pricing are MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless both charge at least $40 for unlimited talk and text. Meanwhile, Project Fi at least has both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks to work off of, which should offer a nice amount of coverage across the US.
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Only to be killed in 2-3 years I bet.
Man, I applaud Google for attempting a service that spans multiple networks like this. And I get why they probably had to start with #3 and #4. But, that's the problem. They started with the 2 smallest networks, one of which is THE slowest network by a few miles, and both network work at higher frequencies so they have trouble penetrating walls. Granted when you're in network the T-Mo side should work well.
EXCEPT, there is no mention of speeds. Cricket is speed limited. I suspect there will be a speed limit here, so don't plan to run full speed on T-Mo's network.
Still, if you're already rocking a N6 and can live within the limits of Sprint T-Mo's network I can't see why you wouldn't want to switch to this.
If they expand this out beyond the Nexus 6 I'll give this serious consideration. T-mo is great for where I live and off contract $30 a month is far superior to the similar server from Verizon for $70.
I'm really into Sony Xperia phones, so if they can make that happen....hint hint
I imagine if your device has the proper radios that it'll work, and the Nexus 6 limitation is mostly superficial. Though they may have some stuff going on with the software side on the phones that's required :/