Google’s latest smartphone has arrived, as customers start getting their hands on the Nexus 5X. In addition to the fulfillment of orders placed through the Google Store, certain markets will also see carrier and retail sales get underway today. We’re obviously already on top of the phone’s arrival, having brought you our hands-on unboxing and Nexus 6P comparison, but in an effort to help drum up interest with everyone else, Google’s got a special promotion going today where it’s welcoming the Nexus 5X by making it easier than ever for users to get registered with the company’s Project Fi MVNO offering.
Just like last year’s Nexus 6, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P both support Google’s carrier-hopping, WiFi-aware MVNO. With flexible service plans and credit for unconsumed data, there’s a lot to like here, but so far limited device compatibility and the need to register in advance for an invite to join the service have limited its appeal a bit. Well, the new Nexus phone support goes a long way towards helping with the former, and today Google’s doing a little to help resolve that latter problem, too.
For the rest of the day, users interested in registering with Project Fi can get an instant invite: no waiting, no nothing. You can use this as your opportunity to buy a new Nexus phone, or if you’ve already got one (or have one on its way), you can request the custom Project Fi SIM card you’ll need for cross-network operation.
We know, like most Google services, the US-only aspect of Project Fi limits its appeal a bit (there are some attractive international access rates, though you need to live in the US to initially sign up), but this is still a nice offer for those who can take advantage of it. Will you be signing up?