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Google officially unveils their Project Fi wireless network starting at $30 per month with data

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Apr 2015 22:29 User comments (7)

Google officially unveils their Project Fi wireless network starting at $30 per month with data Google has introduced their oft-rumored wireless network today, Project Fi, offering a "fast and easy wireless experience."
Project Fi aims to seamlessly connect you to the strongest connection available, whether that is a Wi-Fi connection, or 4G LTE offerings from Google's two partners: Sprint and T-Mobile US. Google says the Wi-Fi hotspots have been vetted and are fast and reliable, and Google will secure your data automatically with encryption.

Says Google: "Project Fi works to get technology out of the way so you can communicate through whichever network type and device you're using. Wherever you're connected to Wi-Fi--whether that's at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave--you can talk and text like you normally do. If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn't skip a beat. We also want to help phone numbers adapt to a multi-screen world. 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. So the next time you misplace your phone, you can stay connected using another screen."

There is no annual contract required and the plans start at $30 a month for unlimited text (including international), Wi-Fi tethering and talk and 1GB of data. Each additional GB of data is $10 more, which is almost prohibitively expensive although Google will refund you for any unused data. For example, 3GB is $30 but if you only use 1GB Google will refund you the $20.

Another major caveat is hardware availability. You can only use the Google Nexus 6, which will cost you over $600 upfront and is currently the only device that can support the switching necessary to make Fi work.

Overall, this appears to be an interesting experiments by Google, but one that is not likely to rattle too many feathers due to its prohibitive pricing and hardware. To request an invite, click here.

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7 user comments

123.4.2015 0:00

"Overall, this appears to be an interesting experiments by Google, but one that is not likely to rattle too many feathers due to its prohibitive pricing and hardware."

$30/month plus $10/GB after the first GB is "prohibitive pricing?" Huh?

Verizon charges $40/month for a line access fee plus $30/month for a 1GB plan, which is a total of $70/month, and $15/GB if you go over that.

T-Mobile charges $50/month for a 1GB plan.

ATT charges a $25/month access fee plus $25/month for a 1GB plan, which is $50/month, plus $15/GB if you go over.

So Google Fi is far cheaper than all of the major wireless carriers. That's hardly "prohibitive pricing."

That Nexus 6 pays for itself pretty quickly at Google's discounted rates.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Apr 2015 @ 0:01

223.4.2015 1:55

"Google will secure your data automatically with encryption." Yeah we all know how Serious Google is with our privacy.....

323.4.2015 2:19

Damn. I use about 60GB cellular every month and am paying 20 for that. Granted, the speed is limited to only 50Gbps, but that has been enough for me.

423.4.2015 2:39

Originally posted by Taeco:
Damn. I use about 60GB cellular every month and am paying 20 for that. Granted, the speed is limited to only 50Gbps, but that has been enough for me.
Sounds like you have some amazing rates for cellular service. In the US, Google Project Fi sounds like a screaming deal compared to what we pay.

523.4.2015 14:38

How likely is this to work "seamlessly" when most wireless networks are password protected?

625.4.2015 7:04

Originally posted by SoTired:
"Overall, this appears to be an interesting experiments by Google, but one that is not likely to rattle too many feathers due to its prohibitive pricing and hardware."

$30/month plus $10/GB after the first GB is "prohibitive pricing?" Huh?

Verizon charges $40/month for a line access fee plus $30/month for a 1GB plan, which is a total of $70/month, and $15/GB if you go over that.

T-Mobile charges $50/month for a 1GB plan.

ATT charges a $25/month access fee plus $25/month for a 1GB plan, which is $50/month, plus $15/GB if you go over.

So Google Fi is far cheaper than all of the major wireless carriers. That's hardly "prohibitive pricing."

That Nexus 6 pays for itself pretty quickly at Google's discounted rates.
Exactly @ pricing comment. Sprint has unlimited data for $60 including unlimited text and talk. T-Mobile has the same thing for $80. This Google "experiment" is only good if you don't use a lot of data.
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725.4.2015 19:26

These google fi plans are not Good :(
Check out

www.gosmartmobile.com (T-Mobile owned)

Www.cricketwireless.com(at&t owned)

Www.totalwireless.com Verizon third party)

They each have unlimited talk , unlimited text, 2.5GB of data $35

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 Apr 2015 @ 19:28

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