google fi

After years of rumors and speculation, Google is officially getting into the wireless business. The tech giant on Wednesday announced “Project Fi,” an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) set to shake up the wireless industry with plans starting at $20 per month.

Google has teamed up with Sprint and T-Mobile for the project, and it will piggyback on their networks. The service is designed to allow devices to dynamically switch between the carriers’ networks and nearby Wi-Fi networks, depending on which offers better service.

For $20 per month you get all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage in 120+ countries), and then it’s a flat $10 per GB for cellular data. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month and so on. Google says it will pay you back for data you don’t use.

The initial rollout of Project Fi is extremely limited. Google is sending out invites for an ‘Early Access’ Program, and it’s only compatible with the Nexus 6. Folks who have the handset and live in one of Google’s service areas, you can request an invite at fi.google.com.

Source: Google

  • RobocopJulio

    Might have to switch over to the Nexus 6 then, and get me a Moto 360 while i’m at it. JK I love my iPhone too much

  • Marcus

    It’s seriously time for Apple to break off from what they’re used to. They need to release something that can compete with Google Fiber, Project Fi, & other Google services. They need to get more in-touch with the online world and develop a search engine, social media platform, and video sharing service. Apple’s next step is start bringing iOS/OS X services to the iCloud website and other sites too. Messages, Phone, FaceTime, Music (iTunes Library & Radio), iBooks, etc. all need a presence on the web. It should be possible to stream all of this from any computer. I want to be able to access these things on any computer and any mobile device that I don’t have set-up to my Apple account. If they don’t stretch beyond their current products, Google is going to surpass them.

    • Completely agree but Apple isn’t exactly renowned for their online services where as Google on the other hand makes the majority of their income from online services.

      • Marcus

        Exactly. I know that Apple isn’t renowned for their online services and I know that’s where Google makes most of their money. However, Google has stepped into the hardware world with Nexus and Chromebook. Google Fiber & Project Fi both exist now. They’re slowly going to start rolling out better versions of these products and it’s time for Apple to step into the online world. They need to adapt to their competition. Even if they aren’t renowned for their online services, they need to make a name for themselves in that area.

      • Anonymous

        I think they are though, I just think there working on smaller levels like maps, photos, and there office suit. iCloud has come a long ways. Also i think they’ve just had there hands tied at the moment with the apple watch, and rumored apple tv. Apple has the money to get into these spaces and i think in the next few years will see there web services blow up.

      • Marcus

        If they don’t roll out more web services over the course of the next two years, they’re going to be in trouble.

      • Rowan09

        Apple is not in any trouble if they don’t add web services. They’ve tried some and failed and Google Fiber is in its infancy along with this new project. Google doesn’t make hardware and all their branded hardware doesn’t sell well either. Look at the new Nexus Player, I’ve been to Best Buy to ask if anyone buys it and the guy says no. I wanted to see what it had to offer over the Fire TV, but after researching it I didn’t find any reason. All the Google TV setup boxes were all horrible and locked down, especially for a company who makes Android open source. Google only cares above promoting its web services which is their money maker and Apple cares more about it’s hardware since it’s a hardware company. Maps, iCloud and iTunes are some web services Apple is working on including iMessage which will be cross platform on the web I believe some day.

  • So Google is now a mobile carrier ? I still don’t get the idea..

    • Rowan09

      I don’t either. What exactly is this offering that MetroPCS which is $50 unlimited everything (LTE) including taxes doesn’t offer already?

      • coLin

        free international calls text web

      • Rowan09

        For $5 more you can get international calling as well and MetroPCS speeds are not capped. This plan will add up once you add data, so that $20 price is not impressive to me.

    • Chris

      Their plan is to allow an LTE connection from both partnered carriers for an added speed boost.

    • Data mining, it’s all about that data. The idea is to attract customers with cheap plans, including unlimited international roaming, so that they can now “legally” (most definitely part of their terms of service) spy on ALL your SmartPhone conversations (instead of just the ones you have in their mobile apps) and boost their advertising campaign…

      • Benedict

        Little paranoid?.. Since you log in with your google ID on your phone and don’t opt out collecting data, you already provide them with data. You should read again what the new service is about. It’s more like handing over phone calls and other things from different networks and devices…

      • “Little paranoid?”

        Better off paranoid than being a sheeple…

        “Since you log in with your google ID on your phone and don’t opt out collecting data, you already provide them with data.”

        Now now, easy there with the dumb assumptions. No I don’t, and never will login to my OnePlus One with my Google account. Plus, I’ve disabled dozens of their spyware services using the “Disable Service” app.

      • Benedict

        Oh OnePlus One… I said: “Since… and don’t opt out…” So read carefully pls before calling something dumb.
        I’m the oppsite of you – I turned everything on in order to use the data that’s collected to customize the services. Otherwise I do not need a SMARTfone.

      • “I’m the oppsite of you – I turned everything on in order to use the data that’s collected to customize the services. Otherwise I do not need a SMARTfphone.”

        That’s your use of a *SmartPhone, good for you. There are many other non-privacy-invading uses of a SmartPhone, so thanks but no thanks.

      • Benedict

        alright..

  • DarekSlaby

    I pay $32 for 40gb of data on att thanks to their family plans. This Google plan seems a bit too expensive especially since they are riding on the nations worst cell providers.

    • Steve R.

      By $32 do you mean for your individual line?

      • DarekSlaby

        Yup. I use my internet constantly and so do most of the other lines, and at the end of the month we usually have around 5-10 gb left over. Now with rollover, that gets added to the next month. I get great service, fast lte internet, all for $32 with taxes for each line.

  • Anonymous

    I think when i get my iPad air 2 i’ll try out the service, and if i like it put the iPhone on the service as well. After all for as low as ten bucks a month that not a bad deal for a data supported iPad.

    • DarekSlaby

      It’s $20 for service plus $10 per gb and it’s only available on the Nexus 6.

    • Marcus

      It’s only available for the Nexus 6 by Google.

  • coLin

    I’m pretty happy with Cricket which uses AT&T towers. For $55/mo I have unlimited talk/text/SMS international!!! 20GB data and other great services.

    I personally don’t feel comfortable knowing that Google if listening everything I say, reads all my text messages and so on

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      is the data speed throttled?

      • coLin

        Yes it is. 8mbps but I really don’t feel it. Video/audio streaming works very good

      • Rowan09

        I had Cricket when they were AIO, but I didn’t get the 8mbps most of the time, the data was extremely slow. I went to MetroPCS which to me is the best MVNO (no data speed cap, cheap plans, etc). I only left Metro for T-mobile due to the international data and texting on t-mobiles network and I went on a family plan for the $100 for 2 (unlimited everything, etc) with my wife.

      • coLin

        In my area, T-Mobile and sprint don’t have good coverage. Cricket seems to work the best so far. I previously had straight talk but it wasn’t as good as Cricket

  • James G

    To Google, the advertisers are their customers, not consumers. Don’t ever forget that simple truth.