Google’s Project Fi is slowly becoming noticeable, but it still has a long way to go before matching the numbers on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and the likes.
Launched in 2014, one of Project Fi’s major weaknesses, perhaps, is the limited number of devices it supports. As at the time of this writing, there are only five supported devices and good luck getting three of them: the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Moto’s Nexus 6.
Google has possibly noticed the loophole and it’s about to taking care of it before this year ends. A Moto X4 handset will be the first outside Google devices to support Project Fi, which should help increase the numbers on the network. But what is actually making many people join Fi?
This question has many answers. For instance, someone will tell you that Project Fi is the best because it offers some of the simplest plans you can think of. Another will be praising how Fi has helped them save cash on a monthly basis. Others will tell you how easy it is to manage Fi plans using the app and many have been joining after the addition of the group plan. For frequent international travelers, they’ll tell you Fi is the go-to carrier.
As you can see, there are a variety of reasons different people are on Project Fi. But ultimately, most – if not all – of these people will come down to one thing: transparency. This is not easy to come by with respect to many carriers, be it Verizon, AT&T or even T-Mobile, which has recently been on the rise in terms of following. But Google Project Fi is one of the most transparent carriers you’ll find around.
When it comes to data usage, accountability is one of the best things a carrier can give you. Google’s Project Fi has this aspect, which keeps on attracting more people. With Fi, you’ll be refunded any extra amount of data that you’ve not used by the end of your subscription period, a feature that has definitely been a boon for the carrier.
Also, the data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant is a key aspect of Project Fi. With this feature, the device automatically switches from data to any open Wi-Fi hotspot that has a stronger connection than your current network. Fi also works on the infrastructure of three other carriers – T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Sprint, switching from one to the other depending on which one offers the strongest signal from your current location.
So, the question still remains, is transparency among the features of Project Fi? Share your thoughts in the comments below.