SAN FRANCISCO — Google has revealed its hotly anticipated wireless service Project Fi to prod the telecom industry to make mobile service in the U.S. faster, easier and less expensive.
The Internet giant described the project as a chance to present “new ideas” and “to push the limits of what’s possible.”
Google says it has formed partnerships with Sprint and T-Mobile, which have agreed to carry the traffic for Project Fi.
Telephones on the Fi service will switch between the two networks relying upon which signal is stronger. Using Wi-Fi systems to route calls and data is likewise expected to lower subscribers’ phone bills.
“Project Fi intends to put you on the best network wherever you go,” Nick Fox, Google’s VP of communications products, wrote in a blog entry.
Another key advantage of Project Fi: clients pay just for the amount of data they use every month.
Fi comes with one plan at one price, Google says. For $20 a month, subscribers get the essentials: talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and worldwide coverage. It’s $10 every gigabyte of data after that for cellular data while in the U.S. also, abroad. The plan refunds any data you don’t use.
Google’s new remote administration is called Project Fi.
Google’s new remote administration is called Project Fi. It just chips away at the Nexus 6. (Photograph: Google)
Subscribers can likewise talk and text from your telephone number on any telephone, tablet or laptop.
Commenting on the news in a blog entry, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said: “Project Fi is going to make people think differently about wireless—and I love that. Anything that shakes up the industry status quo is a good thing—for both US wireless clients and T-Mobile.”
Fi has been in progress for around two years. This is Google’s first move into wireless industry however its second move into telecom. It offers broadband Internet service in a handful of cities in the U.S. The competition in those markets has pushed rivals for example, Comcast and AT&T to accelerate their Internet service.
The greatest drawback: Fi is just available on the Nexus 6.
“In the close term, Project Fi will only be available on Nexus gadgets given the testing arrangement of hardware and software necessities to enable the Fi Network experience,” Google representative Chelsea Maughan said.
You can request an invite at https://fi.google.com