Following its mobile algorithm update, Google launches its new mobile phone service ‘Project Fi’. The app can only be accessed through an invitation request that’s exclusively available to Nexus 6 users.
How it works?
‘Project Fi’ aims to give users a unique mobile experience. With over a thousand complaints from carrier clients, the search engine giant has decided to interfere by partnering with industry leaders T-mobile and Sprint. It works as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which is a service also offered by Straight Talk. They offer users plans that will enable a subscriber to connect with other carriers.
The main point here is convenience. Users will only have one point of contact – Google. There will be no need to contact T-mobile and Sprint LTE.
Their unique approach to mobile data will automatically switch your connection to the best available network in your location – whether a 4GLTE network (either T-Mobile or Sprint) or one of Google’s verified Wi-Fi networks. It has listed over a million, free Wi-fi hotspots all over the US. The company also promises to keep your wireless connection secure through Google encryption.
How much will it cost?
The project was designed to offer users an uninterrupted mobile experience at what should be dramatically reduced costs. By how much, you ask? So far, pricing information is only available in US dollars because of the strictly limited trial, but this gives you an idea of what we might expect if the technology makes it elsewhere in the near future. Here’s a breakdown of their one simple plan.
Their basic plan is worth USD $20 a month, which includes the following:
- Unlimited call and text –domestic and international
- Low-cost international calls
- Wi-Fi Tethering
- Covering more than 120 countries
In addition to that, you would have to pay an additional USD $10 for every 1GB of data. You can use up to 10GB of mobile data. Google also promises to refund any unused data. We’ll be taking note of that!
For more pricing information, you can also go here.
How to get a Google Fi invite?
First, you need to get a Nexus 6, since it’s the only device that Fi will currently work on. You can purchase one from Project Fi when you sign up. But before that, make sure your area has a good T-Mobile or Sprint signal. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of what you paid for.
Once you have covered these two measures, it’s time to request an invite.
According to a Google representative, Fi started sending the first 100 invitations last Monday.
What this means?
For now, Fi is still in its developing stage and we can’t really get a clear picture until Google makes any further announcements. A lot of online users have been complaining that they can’t embrace the entire concept of the project because of limited access.
We will know more about this project in the following weeks, so watch out for our updates!