Google’s Project Fi: Introduction to The Future of Calling

Google’s Project Fi: Introduction to The Future of Calling

The market of wireless network is overcrowded and still we can’t find a great deal. In fact, cell phone carriers have got a bad reputation and not necessarily for wrong reasons. This is because of controversies related to not-so unlimited data plans, ever-increasing data prices and decreasing data caps. Apart from spending a fortune on data plans, we also need to figure out the carrier that offers maximum coverage. We already have tons of options available and adding to the list, there is one more: Google’s Project Fi.

What is Google’s Project Fi?

Project Fi is Google’s cell service that provides mobile data services via three mobile networks. It is a collection of cell services that uses three partner cell companies plus WiFi hotspot to choose the network with best reception at any given time and automatically switches between them. It also uses WiFi to make calls and send texts whenever available.

How Does It Work?

The three networks involved are Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. Now unlike any other cell network, where you are just connected to one, with Project Fi, you can be connected to any of the three networks depending on the strongest signal at any point of time. You don’t have to pay for all three of these networks because the cost is included within the package of the project.

How Does google's Fi project Work

Source: fiercewireless

Also Read: How to Improve Wi-Fi Signal On Android

Is It Safe?

Now the question arises, is it safe to use open network hotspots? In general, it is a risky affair but then Google claims that whenever we connect to a trusted hotspot, Google protects the data by sending it through a secure network known as Virtual Private Network (VPN). Hence, your data is safe and it’s secure to use open WiFi hotspot with Google.

Features

As far as features are concerned, the project offers unlimited domestic text and calls, unlimited international texting and you can use your phone as WiFi hotspot. Google’s multi-network cell service provides data coverage in 170 countries from 135 countries in which the company has long offered service. As far as the cost is considered, Project Fi doesn’t charge you extra for your data usage in these countries. You just need to pay $10/GB, no matter where you are and SMS usage is also unlimited. Voice calls to the U.S. from all supported countries cost $0.20/minute.

However, the good news is that with project Fi, they will refund the cost of any unused data in the previous month and adjust it in next month. Also, Project Fi only works with the certain devices. This means, technically, you have to own Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or a Pixel phone. If you have any of these devices, Google will send you a special sim card that can be activated in any of these special devices.

Features of google's Fi- project

Source: zdnet

Also Read: Project Loon: The Dangling Wi-Fi Balloon Router

Pros

It’s good for frequent international travelers: If you travel a lot and experience issues in cellular network in terms of data plan and roaming charges, Google Fi is here to solve your problem. With minimal roaming charges, Project Fi lets you use your mobile data normally with no hidden charges.

Great coverage: We are talking about international coverage. Technically, we have less than 200 countries in the world and Google is offering data coverage in 170 countries. What else do you need!

It has fast, robot-free customer service: You are completely aware of the struggle you experience when you call customer service in general. With Project Fi, all you need is to log into your account on the Project Fi website and open a chat window with a customer service person in under 5 minutes.

Cons

Issue in the cellular network changing: The whole idea of this project is to provide unlimited non-stoppable data via three networks. Whatever the reason is, they are providing bad services by not intelligently switching between the networks. However, the project is still at developing stage so it wouldn’t be fair to expect much now.

Limited range of devices: You can use this project only in Google devices and is not adaptable to other devices.

Price range: In comparison to other wireless companies available in the market and the network coverage they are offering, the price range of Google’s Project Fi is quite high.

The project is still in developmental stage but if you are interested in joining the plan, just visit their website. Well, this was all about Google’s project Fi. If you have anything to share or add about this project, please comment in the section below.

Shalini is a technical blogger at Systweak. She likes most things in general and likes to cover trending topics in a different light. She has a special affinity for chocolate cupcakes and shopping excursions.

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