Alright so it’s technically not Google’s cellular network rather they’ll be piggybacking off of giants like T-Mobile & Sprint but packaging it in their own fashion. Google’s Project Fi is meant to offer a easy & seamless cell phone carrier plan.
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As of now you can sign up for Project Fi here as long as you have one of the following phones:
How the Plan Works:
The aim is to offer a simple & straight forward plan.
$20 a month for Project Fi Basics which includes
Our plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20 per month, which includes: unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, ability to use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and coverage in 120+ countries.
$10 per GB of Data USED
To see how much you’d save switching over see their plan page
Is it their own Network?
As mentioned earlier Google is piggybacking off of T-Mobile & Sprint & of course wi-fi networks. The idea is that your phone will always switch to the best case network in your given area whether thats a wi-fi connection at home, 4G LTE while your out & about, or even 3G. This theoretically means you’ll have optimal performance wherever you are. Given that Sprint & T-Mobile offer decent coverage you’re more than likely to always have some sort of stable connection.
As of now obviously this is only limited to Nexus users so anybody can’t switch over to it. However they are doing promotions if you buy a Nexus under Project Fi such as the Nexus 5X at $200. This isn’t for everyone but it is a great option for those who want to go with an alternative off contract carrier & if Sprint & T-Mobile offer great coverage in your are then it’s a win win situation. Now for others their current carriers may be just fine as you don’t get any benefits that independent carriers offer such as T-Mobile’s unlimited data & Binge service. So ultimately in the end it comes to weighing out what your plan & carrier offer at whatever price you pay. This is a very early project but one that can definitely see some potential given that Google is moving to do more of their things in-house from the phones now to the service.