Today, Google unveiled their own wireless phone service with partners Sprint and T-Mobile, and it might just be the kind of phone service you’ll leave your current one for.
It’s called Project Fi, and it seems to be the most sensible wireless service ever offered. The service focuses on two key areas: cheap service (including data) and streamlined connectivity.
The service rules are simple and transparent:
-You pay $20 a month for unlimited calls, texting, mobile hotspot usage, international coverage and 24/7 support.
-The service also streamlines the process of switching from Wi-Fi services to cell networks by automatically connecting to the fastest available hotspots, Wi-Fi or 4G LTE networks.
-All of your data, no matter what network you are connected to, is encrypted.
-You can also log on to use any device using your phone number. Google explains:
“With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop.”
-You only pay for the data that you use: $10 prepaid for every gigabyte you want to use a month.
-If you use less data than you paid for, Google will refund you the difference. Their example:
“Let’s say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You’ll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use.”
It doesn’t get any simpler than that. However, there are a few drawbacks (for now).
Project Fi is limited to only certain areas of the U.S., and the service is currently only available on Google’s Nexus 6 phone. Google is also using Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks to host the data, both of which have poor coverage in comparison AT&T and Verizon’s network.
There are no immediate plans to open the service for other devices like the iPhone.
Is this the kind of cell phone service you’ve been waiting for?