The search engine giant firm Google Inc., has planned to invest in mobile carrier by launching its own mobile network solution. The project is termed as “Project Fi” and has unveiled a U.S. wireless service that switches between WiFi and cellular networks to have a control on data use and keep phone bills low.
As an initial scheme, Google’s Project Fi can be accessed only by Nexus 6 users and through an invitation program. The network will be hosted by Sprint Corp and T-Mobile’s networks. The network is supported in 120 countries without roaming charges. Project Fi service automatically switches between the two networks and more than one million open, free WiFi spots, depending on which signal is the strongest.
Project Fi only offers one simple plan for a fixed price. For $20 per month customers will get calling, text, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage in more than 120 countries. There is a flat $10 per GB charge for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad. Every additional GB costs $10 so 2 GB will be $20, 3 GB will be $30 and so on. It also supports Voice calls and texting over WiFi . Google will refund customers for unused data that means customers will only be paying for the data they really use.
When a user is not on WiFi, the service will automatically move between whichever of their partner networks is delivering faster speed, so that users get 4G LTE in more places. All the connections will be encrypted and stored in the cloud, allowing users to better flexibility of device usage. Project Fi will enable low cost calling in most countries and data access at 3G speeds without additional charges Project Fi phone numbers can be accessed from the cloud network so users will be able to text and make voice calls from devices like tablets and laptops even if they don’t have the phone nearby.
Google has definitely invested in the interest of users and it remains to be seen whether its new service will be getting the sort of popularity as it received from its other services.
Those who are interested in trying out Project Fi and check if they are located in the coverage area and then request an invite can be done by visiting the website : fi.google.com.