Google introduces Project Fi, its cellular service offering
Google’s intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi.
Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether’s that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should be seamless, letting you start a voice call or data session on one and migrate back and forth without issue.
For cellular service, Google is partnering with both Sprint and T-Mobile, taking advantage of their existing cellular networks. The base-level plan starts at $20 a month and includes unlimited domestic calls and texts, unlimited international texts, and low-cost international calls.
Data is then delivered as an add-on, simply priced at $10 per gigabyte. As rumored, the data you don’t use gets credited back to you, so nothing gets wasted.
Initially, you’ll need a Nexus 6 to participate in Project Fi, though support will presumably spread to upcoming devices. It’s also invite-only to start, so you’ll want to get yourself registered straight away if you’re interested.