The Technology Giant Google had kicked off its new mobile phone project "Project Fi Mobile Phone" service operable by anyone in the United States who are using the Google's latest model mobile Nexus Smartphones.
During 10 months of beta service, Google said it learned that more than half of Project Fi users connected weekly to hot spots.
Google's Project Fi service uses Sprint and T-Mobile's cellular networks along with Wi-Fi to give you the best service wherever you happen to be. Customers using Google's service get refunded for any unused data at the end of a billing cycle - so if you sign up for a 3GB plan but only use 2.5 GB, you'll get the balance as a credit. Reports indicate that some users have been able to activate the service using other phones, however, that's anything but guaranteed.
Users pay $20 for unlimited talk and texting and $10 per gigabyte of data, but Google charges only for the exact amount of data you use.
Google's two Nexus-brand Project Fi phones - the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X - access more than a million public Wi-Fi hot spots. If you've got a Google Voice number, it becomes your Fi number and you lose the Google Voice features. In a few days, you'll receive your phone (or just the SIM, if you have a phone already) and you'll be good to go. He noted that the company was excited to be exiting the invitation-only mode and making the project available to everybody in the US.
Google's Android is the dominant mobile operating system worldwide, of course, but Project Fi continues to play a very minor role in the world of service providers. It teamed up with Sprint and T-Mobile in the United States to form an MVNO network exclusive to the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.