Google’s Project Fi has remained synonymous with the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and the general Nexus family.
In case you haven’t heard of it, Project Fi is simply another wireless carrier that adds up to the likes of Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. While these platforms are the most widespread in the U.S., some are costly and others can be a problem when it comes to reliability. If none of these four suits you, there are many others such as StraightTalk and Cricket Wireless, for instance, that piggy-back off other carriers’ services in a bid to offer users with more affordable plans.
Google’s Project Fi is part of the latter group that piggy-back off of other services. It was once an invite-only service, but it has now been made available to all users of Nexus devices in the country and other parts of the globe. The service works off the services of T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, choosing from the three which has the best connection at any given moment. The plans at Google Project Fi start at an amazing $20, giving you access to unlimited talk time and text messaging, with each GB of data costing just $10.
Well, as amazing as this may sound, not everyone is a fan of Google’s Project Fi. So, before you make any steps towards jumping onto the Fi bandwagon, here are 5 secrets you need to know about the service.
You get the best data pricing and usage info
One thing that makes Project Fi one of the best, if not the best platforms, is that it gives out the most straightforward pricing and usage details about data. You get to choose the amount of data you think is enough for you in a given month, however, Fi will only charge you for the exact amount of data used. IN case you exceed your set monthly usage, Project Fi will bill you for the additional data used. In case of using less than the chosen amount, there is some money for you to get back.
Since there is a Project Fi app, it makes it easier to track down how you use data, including alerting you of the next time your bill is due, the amount of data used compared to your monthly allocation as well as your daily usage.
The best customer service
When you make a call to most customer service lines, the most probable thing is that you will be greeted with a robot sound on the other end. As for Project Fi, you will have a real person at your service in under 5 minutes, which is something every user will welcome.
A great choice for frequent international travelers
As mentioned above, Project Fi is now available in more than 135 countries across the globe. The service is able to choose from any open Wi-Fi networks around you and in the process let you place calls over these wireless connections as long as you are in any of the covered regions. It is also possible to make calls using cellular data for 20 cents per minute, but texts remain free.
Data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant
Google’s Project Fi comes with a feature known as Wi-Fi Assistant. With this feature, the platform is able to scan through available open Wi-Fi networks and connect your device to the strongest possible. In this way, you will save a lot of your data since you will be using the free hotspots instead.
Even though the Wi-Fi Assistant feature was recently availed to all other non-Fi Nexus devices, it still remains a core part of the entire Project Fi.
It’s only compatible with Google Nexus devices
Despite all the goodies that pack inside Google’s Project Fi, the platform is limited to those who own and use Google Nexus devices. These include the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X as well as the Nexus 6. The platform has been expanding slowly to other parts of the world, and now it covers up to 135 different countries. But this limited nature is hindering its growth in most regions that it is currently available.
If anything, this is the major downside of Project Fi. However, you may want to reconsider the service if you are a heavy data user.