Google Fi (previously known as Project Fi) is basically a mobile virtual network operator with the convenient provision of calling, messaging and data services using both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The services are operated by Sprint T-Mobile and U. S. Cellular and Three. It was initiated by Google and was launched on April 22, 2015, for the Nexus 6 smartphone with support for Sprint and T-Mobile.
When users got to know about this uninterrupted network usage system, they were immensely excited. Due to the high demand at launch, an invitation system for the interested users was introduced which continued throughout the summer, 2015. On March 7, 2016, the invitation was dropped. It was in the year 2016, that U. S. Cellular (June 8) and Three(July 12)were included in the project. The same year, in the month of October, Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphones started getting support from Google to run this plan in commercial grounds. However, later on, the company introduced a Group Plan where subscribers are allowed to add extra members. On November 28, 2018, the so-called Project – Fi was renamed as “Google Fi”
In simple words, it can be termed as “network of networks”. It does not matter which cellular network you are using, Google Fi would connect you with every wireless networking system. You will experience an unbreakable calling, messaging and data using services. It automatically switches between networks factored by signal strength and speed. Also, it provides connections to open Wi-Fi Hotspots. In addition to this, if the WiFi connection is lost, it could transfer it to the cellular networks also. Moreover, the data are secured with encryption through an automatic VPN. It is accessible on any mobile and non-mobile devices such as a smartphone, laptops, tablets, computers, and so on.
Presently, Google Fi is serving in almost 170+ countries around the globe. It also started supporting VoLTE being a part of the beta rollout. It supports many devices like Nexus 6P, Moto 6G, Moto X4, iPhone 5S, Pixel, etc.
The concept of the plan is just simple. At the end of the day, the subscribers would enjoy the uninterrupted network usage. It is highly advantageous in today’s technological world. However, along with services, the second thing taken into consideration is the cost. Let’s discuss the cost whether it is worth applying or not.
The costing starts from $20 per month for unlimited calls and messaging. You have to pay $10 per month for per gigabyte data usage. If you consume less data than the subscribed one, the amount for unused data will be credited back to the account. But, if data usage is more than the stipulated or subscribed one, $10 will be charged additionally for per gigabyte. If ISD calls were made from the USA, $ 0.20 will be charged per minute. However, messaging will be free of cost. Also, a Group plan where additional subscription of members by the referred people called managers cost $15 per user additionally. Also “Group Repay” is introduced where individual usage and billings were reliably done to make payment easy and usage carefree.
It’s a nice concept. Hope to get it in India too at affordable rates after mingling with different cellular network companies like Jio, Airtel, idea, etc
Hope the article proves helpful to you and was worth reading. Do share your views about the Google Fi in the comment section!