Google highly anticipated internet service Project Fi, was launched for the Nexus 6. Google wants to shake up the tech industry with the kind of control it offers on hardware, software, and network. It’s more of Google Fiber approach that they are following: move into a market with a new pricing scheme and new technology and pressurize the competition and make the internet better for everyone.
Google Fi is a combination of Sprint, T-Mobile, and Wi-Fi into one single network. As said by Google “this isn’t Sprint or T-Mobile.”; it’s Sprint and T-Mobile. Your phone will be subscribed on both networks and will jump between them, which also means that Nexus 6 will be hopping from Wi-Fi to CDMA to GSM to LTE. Calls, texts, and data can seamlessly switch between T-Mobile to Sprint to Wi-Fi, and calls and texts can be routed towards any secondary devices that have Hangouts installed on them. You’re allowed to tie it to as many devices, and your data plans will work in over 120 countries, but only at 3G speeds. Google says they have “millions” of high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in place across the country, and your connection to them has already been encrypted in this new devices. The biggest downside is the device selection for yourself: as the technology is only available on Nexus 6.
Google Fi already has a mandatory pricing of $20 unlimited talk/text plan with $10 1 GB of data—so 3GB of data and your total bill would be $50 a month. The tax has been excluded in the plan, so expect at least another 10%-20% increase on top of your bill. The major modification in this is that you don’t pay for the cellular services that you don’t use. If you’re paying $30 for 3GB of data and only use 2.4GB of data, you get $6 waived from your next bill. The service has a lot of potentials to go easy on consumers pocket said Google.
Republic Wireless is the closest competitor that matches the services similar to Project Fi. It also offers service called “Hybrid Network” that primarily uses both Wi-Fi and flawlessly switches to Sprint when Wi-Fi isn’t available. Similar to Project Fi, your calls and texts work over Wi-Fi, but all of this requires custom software built by Republic Wireless that needs to be downloaded, that works on device compatibility (limited). As of now, it only works with Moto X 2014, Moto X 2013, and first-gen Moto G, and E work) and slows down your device updates. While they don’t offer a deal similar to Project Fi, users can change their plan at least twice a month.