Someone might be quick to laugh off the claims that Google Project Fi network may soon be a huge threat to already established carriers in the prepaid and postpaid industry.
Of course, when looking at the current status, there is really nothing much that the Project Fi service is offering that is a threat to the likes of Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile, among other carriers. For starters, Google Project Fi is currently available through countable devices. The aging Nexus 6, last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as well as this year’s Pixel and Pixel XL. For those who have not come across these devices, it will be hard to explain to them what Project Fi really is.
Just as a brief reminder of what Project Fi has to offer, you will be treated to unlimited calling and messaging services domestically and as long as you are in any of the supported 135 countries across the globe, you still get to enjoy same-speed data connections and unlimited texting for a fee of just $20 per month. However, you will need an extra $10 in order to get 1GB of data that comes with 4G LTE speeds.
If you do a lot of traveling abroad, this Google Project Fi service is exactly what you need. It gets even better if you don’t do a lot of internet as the 1GB allocation will definitely be enough for you, especially with the Wi-Fi Assistant in action. Wi-Fi Assistant is a Project Fi feature that allows devices to switch between mobile data and available Wi-Fi hotspots, something that helps save mobile data in cases where the Wi-Fi connection is stronger. If you happen to use less than the allocated 1GB during the one-month period, the balance will be refunded to your account.
Since Google Project Fi has only partnered with three major carriers in the U.S., the number of people using the service is still limited. Apparently, the three carriers that have been incorporated into the service include US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile US, but still, these users can enjoy the services of Project Fi from 135 different countries across the globe. What happens is that Fi will scan through the available networks – cellular and Wi-Fi – and connect you to the strongest network possible. With millions of Wi-Fi hotspots that offer very stable internet connections, you should be able to save more cellular data with Project Fi.
As Google looks for ways to make Project Fi much better, the company has begun with the introduction of group plans. Here, existing account holders can add another five members to their plan and each of these additional lines will cost $5 less per month, that is, $15. This will still earn each member the same unlimited calling and messaging services. As for data, it stays at $10 per GB per line.
In case you didn’t know, Google Project Fi has an extra person on its plan as opposed to the likes of MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, and Boost Mobile, where you get family plans of up to five people. Still, this doesn’t make the service a major threat to current prepaid carriers. However, it still does not mean changes won’t be coming in the distant future. What make it not a threat at this time of writing are the facts that it only works with a limited set of devices and that other carriers are also offering unlimited data in addition to unlimited calling and texting.
What gives Google Project Fi hopes is the fact that its recent introduction has moved it closer to what other established carriers are doing. Whether the service will at some point be shaken up so that it is sold alongside the newly-introduced Pixel lineup is still unknown. Like the search engine giant has strived to show the Android world how it is supposed to be done with its Nexus lineup, it seems this Google Project Fi service is just the beginning of a huge change in how carriers should be offering their services. In particular, the competition should be scared of how Google Project Fi is making it easy to manage the group plans. The idea of having the service available in more than 135 countries across the globe, metered data as well as unlimited calling and messaging are also game changing features that could help Project Fi gain an advantage over established carriers. It’s just a matter of time!
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