Google’s Project Fi, a prepaid cell network, has launched today after leaving its invite-only stage. Project Fi utilizes WiFi, T-Mobile, and Sprint to utilize the best network for calls and data. The plan is reasonable at $20 for line access with unlimited minutes and texts and $10 per gigabyte of data, plus taxes and fees. One of Project Fi’s limitations is that it currently only works with select phones – Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.
As a customer of Project Fi, this is a great step forward for the network. My last two bills with Project Fi have been less than $25 (including taxes and fees). You receive a refund for unused data, so while you are charged $10 for a gigabyte, if you only use 400 megabytes of data, you would receive $6 in credit on the next billing cycle.
The blog post announcing the end of invites being required highlighted a few other features of Project Fi:
- data costs the same rate in 120 different supported countries
- will connect to public Wi-Fi and protect your security by automatically enabling a VPN
- provides information about your data usage with a simple app
- data-only SIM cards allow you to connect a tablet or other device with the same data rates
- support is available 24/7 via phone, chat, or email
For more information about Project Fi, visit the site at https://fi.google.com/