Project Fi by Google: How Does it Work?

Project Fi is Google’s attempt at entering the mobile network business.  As you’d expect, it tries to be a little bit different, using a hybrid of WiFi connectivity and Mobile Networks, piggy-backing off of several other carriers to create what they call a ‘network of networks’.

Can I sign up to Project Fi?

Up until recently, it was only available by invitation.  Google have however now opened it up to the public, albeit with some pretty selective criteria.

First of all, for now, it’s only available in the US.  Google has promised there will be widespread coverage soon, though.

It’s also currently only compatible with the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6.  This is because these phones were built to receive data signals from multiple providers at once.

How much does Project Fi Cost?

Unlike most mobile providers, there’s not much choice when it comes to pricing.  It’s pretty simple and there’s not much room for manoeuvre.

How much does it cost: Project Fi Pricing list

Unlimited national calls & texts come as standard.

Then for each 1GB of data you use, you pay $10, which is roughly £7.  Then you get refunded for what you don’t use each month.

You can use data in 120+ countries without paying any roaming costs. International texting is also free to these countries.

When will it come to the UK?

There’s no immediate plans, but Google will want to lure customers away from Apple if they can, with around 35% of the UK’s smartphone market using an iPhone.

With no fixed term contract required, no roaming costs and credit returned for any unused data, it’s likely to be a hit here.

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