If you thought Google Project Fi is just another usual carrier like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, you should keep on reading this.
As many may know, Project Fi is a Google-owned wireless service that is basically meant to be used on the company’s smartphones, including the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel and Pixel XL. This is a limited set of devices, especially since the company has the likes of Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 out there. The carrier, however, is somehow unique in that it seamlessly switches between several networks – T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Sprint – and by doing so, it ensures that you always get the best connection regardless of where you are.
Google Project Fi gets even better as it taps into public Wi-Fi hotspots with reliable connections, allowing you to access the internet without touching your cellular data. If you are worried about the security of these public Wi-Fi networks, well, Google says that the service is protected by it’s own VPN.
Project Fi users are only charged for the amount of data they use per month. This rate remains the same, $10/GB, even when roaming in other countries where the service is supported. If you don’t exhaust this 1GB allocation, Google will refund you the balance in monetary form. You can then top up the remaining balance to buy another 1GB for $10 during the next billing. If you use more than the allocated 1GB in a month, Google will charge you the equivalent of what you have used with respect to the $10/GB terms. So, if you use an extra 1GB, for instance, you will have to pay an extra $10 when getting the next subscription.
This is in addition to a fee of just $20 per month that gives you unlimited calls and texts when treading local grounds. If you are not such a heavy user of internet or you spend most of your time in public places that are stocked with Wi-Fi hotspots, you can save a lot by using Google Project Fi.
The carrier recently added group plans to its services, allowing up to six people per plan. The additional members only pay $15 per line, but the data charges remain at $10 per GB.
By now, you should be thinking of Google Project Fi as a not-so-usual carrier like the many you know, right? If you are still on NO, well, there is more in store for you.
Last year, Google debuted a data-only Project Fi SIM that, guess what is tied to the same account that you already own. Think of it as having two SIM cards with the same phone number – cool huh! But it gets even better. Apparently, you can have not just one data-only SIM card, but Google allows you to have up to nine data-only Project Fi SIM cards.
So, why the need to have an extra data-only SIM card? Many people probably own an LTE tablet or even have laptops with SIM card slots. There are some who still have old phones in their repositories, phones that they may find handy when it comes to making those morning runs, hitting the gym or even biking – you know, the kind of stuff where you would find it quite cumbersome to handle your huge Google Nexus 6, Nexus 6P or even the new Pixel XL. Furthermore, you wouldn’t want to drop that Pixel XL phone on a rocky surface somewhere when on that hike or run – it would feel much better to drop a device that isn’t so dear to you or may probably cost you a few of dollars to get it fixed.
With a Google Project Fi data-only SIM card, you can carry that old phone and still access all of your emails, tweets, Facebook, Snapchat and so on. Being a data-only SIM card, you are only limited to data services. The good thing is that you don’t have to dig into your pockets for another data plan – the SIM card, as noted earlier, is tied to your existing account, thus, it uses the same $10/GB package you already paid for on your Nexus 6P or Pixel XL.
Now that there are group plans on Google Project Fi, you can also order data-only SIM cards for the rest of the members since there is room to include up to nine SIM cards. These cards will be using the same data plan that you already pay for.
With a data-only SIM card, you can get that tablet or laptop connected to the internet without paying extra fee for data. You also get the same internet speeds on all devices. If you have that extra device in your house, be it a Nexus 7 LTE, Nexus 9 LTE, iPad Pro, Galaxy Tab S or even a Galaxy S4, among others, and you already have a Google Project Fi account, you can order a free data-only SIM card directly from the Account tab>Your Plan and then select Add data-only SIM.
Setting up is easy. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and you will be good to go. But as you may know by now, this data-only SIM card will not give you the full functionality of the standard Project Fi SIM card.
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