Rumored for months and finally the Internet giant has launched a wireless service across much of the U.S.. Cellphone users, Google Inc is calling – has just on Wednesday announced the plans to offer its own wireless cellular service. Google’s Project Fi is it called, as its own and new service that will cost $20 a month for talk and texts, including Wi-Fi hookups and international coverage in more than 120 countries globally. The search giant has riven by a price war between leaders AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. and upstarts T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. More details on its plans regarding the charges beyond Project Fi launch can be checked after this fold.
The “network of networks” also called as Project Fi currently works only on Nexus 6, which has support for most of the 4G LTE networks around the world and will house the special SIM which in the Us – will support two 4G capable networks. With an ultimate plan, Google aims to make connectivity, with international roaming in 120+ countries enabled.
Project Fi, is a Mobile Virtual Network operator that will be using the infrastructure of two mobile networks in the United States. With free WiFi hotspots from a quality-rated database and the various other networks that Google has done deals of and those using Project Fi, which can also be connected with any of those networks to provide you the standard mobile services of voice, text and data.
Google will charge $10 per gigabyte of data used each month and said said it would credit the accounts of customers who don’t use all their data in a given month. The service as mentioned will initially work only on Google’s latest Nexus 6 phones, and people with Apple Inc. iPhone or other smartphones running Google’s Android mobile OS won’t either have access though. Google hopes to make the service available soon on other devices, starting with other Nexus gadgets.
Project Fi will run on the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, switching between the two depending on which has the best signal. It will also automatically switch to more than one million free Wi-Fi hot spots if those signals are better, Google said.
However the service is available in the United States, but that too by inviting only for now and we got no details on long-term contracts, something the U.S. wireless industry is also moving away from. Buy Nexus 6 or finance it when they sign up for Project Fi and then leave, the amount owned on the phone will be due immediately, as Google says.
Here’s what we got so far:
- It’s called “Project Fi”
- It’s for Nexus 6 owners only, at first.
- It’s invite only right now. You can sign up for an invite here.
- It’s built on top of Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks
- No contracts
- Subscribers pay $20 for unlimited talk/text, and then pay $10 per gig of data. So a 3GB plan would be $30 on top of that $20, coming out to a total of $50.
- You only pay for what you use, but in sort of a strange way: if you pay for 3GB of data per month ($30) but only use 1.5GB, you’ll get $15 back at the end of the month.
- It’s all tied into Google Hangouts, which will allow you to place calls from your number on any Hangouts-enabled tablet or laptop in addition to your phone.
- WiFi Tethering is included.
- Data costs $10 for 1 GB, $20 for 2 GB and so on, with the user paying only for the data used.
For now, there isn’t any unlimited data plans, Project Fi will charge you only 3$ and refund the 7$ in your next bill when you use 300MB for month. The free WiFi hotsports are automatically connected officially maintained by Google. Calls will transition between wireless and cellular networks, which the users also get the support from hangouts, making voice calls and text messages. Hangouts itself has the underlying code to handle Project Fi. Users of iPhones can also use it but through the Hangouts app installed.
If you’re looking to try Project Fi, you can request an invitation by going here, and log in with your Gmail address before subsequently clicking the ‘Request An Invite’ button.