Project Fi

Google's new wireless service

#1 Product of the DayApril 22, 2015
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It's a little ironic that Google's tagline for Project Fi is "a new way to say hello" the day Facebook launched Hello. 😃
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@rrhoover wow, Hello is a popular thing to say today.
@rrhoover also funny that they fought for net neutrality but then encouraged us to "stay in the fast lane."
"For $20 a 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 while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use." Wow, that pricing is incredibly competitive, especially considering that international roaming and personal hotspot are free and there are no contracts or early termination fees.
@michaelrbock Agreed. Likely ill give it a spin.
@michaelrbock you really do get ripped off in the US with carrier pricing! In the UK, I'm on a truly unlimited data plan (including tethering) that can also be used in a large number of countries for no extra cost, all for £15/month. So, by that measure, the Project Fi pricing wouldn't be tempting at all if it was in the UK.
@michaelrbock Agree - and even thought I'm kicking myself for not being a Nexus 6 user and locked into a contract, I'm looking forward to seeing what this pricing structure does to disrupt the rest of the US market.
@adamcudworth which service is that in the UK? thanks
BTW, you can use a similar MVNO, , for about the same price with any phone (not just Nexus 6), and they operate on the same MNOs (Sprint and T-Mobile)
@michael_mclean Yup. Pretty much any phone you have lying around will work (GSM or Sprint). Each device you activate is $6/month, then you pay monthly for what you use in minutes, texts, and data. Usage is shared across all the devices in your account. Depending on your usage and needs, it can be substantially cheaper than going with a big carrier. (Disclosure - Ting and Hover are both Tucows companies and I often wear a Ting jacket as I used to work on that product before coming over to Hover).
Another day, another new industry for Google. Good article -
"You only pay for the data Google reads."