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.

Source: Google

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!