Google project FI: The best network is following youStaff writer ▼ | April 22, 2015
Google introduced project FI, its wireless service with Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile. As you move around, the best network will follow you.
New idea Google developed new technology that gives you better coverage
As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable. Once you're connected, the company helps secure your data through encryption. When you're not on Wi-Fi, the company moves you between whichever of its partner networks is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places.
If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat. We also want to help phone numbers adapt to a multi-screen world. With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet or laptop. So the next time you misplace your phone, you can stay connected using another screen.
Project Fi takes a fresh approach to how you pay for wireless, manage your service, and get in touch when you need help. The company offers one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support.
Here's how it works: 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.
The company is beginning Project Fi's Early Access Program to invite people to sign up for the service. Project Fi will be available on the Nexus 6, which we developed with Motorola and is the first smartphone that supports the hardware and software to work this service. If you live where Google has coverage in the U.S., request an invite at fi.google.com to get started. ■