Google launches Project Fi wireless service

Google today announced that it has launched its long-rumored wireless phone service called Project Fi.

The company has partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to brand its own wireless service on the Nexus 6 phone, and is doing so in unique ways:

“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,” the company said in a blog announcement. “Once you’re connected, we help secure your data through encryption. When you’re not on Wi-Fi, we move you between whichever of our partner networks (Sprint or T-Mobile) is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places.”

The new service is also unique in allowing customers to get money back for unused data:

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.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere celebrated the new partnership in his own enthusiastic blog post Wednesday, arguing that “anything that shakes up the industry status quo is a good thing — for both US wireless customers and T-Mobile.”

Reports first emerged in January that Google intended to introduce a wireless service with Sprint and T-Mobile. Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of products, later confirmed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Google was experimenting with the idea of a small-scale wireless service.

A map of cities covered by Project Fi shows full 4G service spanning most of the urban United States, with lesser 3G or 2G service covering rural areas and parts of Canada and Mexico. Among the places not covered: most of Montana.

Above: the new Project Fi logo, courtesy of Google.

 

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  • TrevorH

    $10/GB is pretty expensive. I get unlimited high speed data from T-Mobile for $20. And even their new 5 GB plans are only $20. So much for Google being the low price leader on this one. I hope it doesn’t encourage T-Mobile and others to raise prices. 🙁

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