Google Announces Project Fi: New Wireless Service Option

Last night, Shane brought you a rumor that Google would soon announce a new wireless service option. A short 16 hours later they have done just that. Google unveiled a new wireless service called Project Fi. Fi is a project Google, Sprint, and T-Mobile have partnered in to bring better quality connection to your wireless device. Initially the service will be by invitation only and will require that you have a Nexus 6. Google says in their press release that the three main goals of Project Fi are: high-quality connections, easy communication across networks, and a simple service experience.

Fi uses the best possible connection wherever you are, if your cellular signal is weak it will attempt to connect to a WiFi hotspot automatically. In addition, you will be able to place both calls and texts over WiFi wherever it is available. Perhaps one of the most interesting and convenient features of Fi is that your phone number will exist in the cloud so that you can use the same phone number on any mobile device or computer. The possible downside is that T-Mobile and Sprint are the partnering networks, and their service isn’t the best in all areas of the US yet. Personally I find T-Mobile to be superb in Tempe, but it is also a large metro area and I live in the city center.

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The pricing for Fi is fairly transparent, you pay $20 a month for calling, texting, and WiFi tethering. For each 1 GB of data you add to your Fi plan you will pay an additional $10 a month. Perhaps the best news is that Google will refund you for any unused data at the end of each month. If you pay for 3 GB of data and you only use 1.4 GB, you get $16 back. While the new service doesn’t offer the best value in wireless (T-Mobile’s $30 prepaid plan still takes that title in my opinion), it is an interesting new alternative and I’ve already signed up for an invite to try it out.  If you’d like to request and invite, you can go do that here. Anyone else interested in switching their mobile service over to Fi?

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"