Google said today it is launching a new type of wireless service dubbed, Project Fi, that “aims to put you on the best network wherever you go.”
Sprint and T-Mobile are partnering with Google on this new venture which offers innovative smartphone wireless pricing.
Google says its new technology gives wireless users coverage by “intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network” whether its Wi-Fi or one of the LTE networks for Sprint or T-Mobile. (See video below.)
Project Fi is only available in limited areas in the U.S. for now, and it only works on the Nexus 6 phone, which is made by Motorola. There aren’t any immediate plans to open Project Fi to other devices such as the iPhone — at least not yet.
Writes Google about Project Fi in a blog post: “As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we’ve verified as fast and reliable. Once you’re connected, we help secure your data through encryption. When you’re not on Wi-Fi, we move you between whichever of our partner networks is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places.”
The pricing is reasonable: You pay $20 per month for unlimited calls, texting, mobile hotspot usage, and international coverage. Then you pay $10 for every gigabyte of data
you want to use in a month. But if you don’t use all the data you buy, Google refunds you the difference. No other wireless carrier offers such refunds.
Google’s example: If you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You’ll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you’ve used.