After much speculation and rumor Google has finally unveiled their attempts to enter the Wireless Carrier Market with Google Project Fi.
This doesn’t mean Google will be launching a full blow roll out and installing their own towers around the US though. Instead they will be piggy-backing off the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile simultaneously. Meaning bot antennas will be active in your device at the same time, but only the network with the strongest signal where you are will be used. Additionally Google is making it possible to use your WiFi signal to make and receive phone calls utilizing the Hangouts app.
Here is the best part, the price… $20/month for whats called Fi Basics, which include:
Unlimited domestic talk and text
Unlimited international texts
Low-cost international calls
Coverage in 120+ countries
Beyond that Fi is charging a mere $10/GB of data, and only charging you for what is used.
Lets say I plan to use 5GB this month, this is my Data Budget. I would be paying $50 on top of the $20 Fi Basics.
Turns out I only used 4.5GB this month, what happens?
Google refunds, or credits my account $5 as a result, because I only pay for what I use. No more roll over or lost data.
This all sounds great, right? Well here is the downfall of the current status of Project Fi, you have to use a Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is the only phone with antennas and sim-cards setup to utilize the offerings of Project Fi. Not to mention the service is in an invite period where you have to signup and wait for an invite.
A new Nexus 6 will set you back between $650-700. That’s a steep price to pay to be on the cutting edge of wireless service.
So what if you decide to buy a new Nexus 6 (for those that don’t already have one) and get an invite, and sign up for Fi, what now? What does that mean service wise? Google has created a page for you to check your service and availability prior to signing up.
Additionally customers will have calls switch seamlessly between networks. They will also be able to make calls from a computer, tablet or other device, using the Google Hangouts application.
Personally I have been rocking a Galaxy Nexus and Moto X off contract for nearly 3 years now with Big Red, waiting for Google to officially unveil this venture, and its Fi[nally] here! I’m waiting for my invite in the next few days then im picking up the Nexus 6 and a nice new service plan.
Now all i need is Google Fiber to come to my area and I can cut Big Red off for good, I cut the FiOS cord at the end of last year.
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