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Google Project Fi Service

Google Project Fi Wireless Service

Google Project Fi Wireless Service

Although the service was invitation-only when Google launched it in April, 2015, the company has since opened it to everyone. If you’re steamed by your mobile bill and shopping for a carrier, you might take a look at Google’s Project Fi.

Google's Project Fi Wireless Service
Google’s Project Fi Wireless Service

Project Fi

At the highest level, Project Fi is a phone carrier offering from Google. It works by giving you mobile data service on three mobile networks, which your phone will intelligently switch between it also uses Wi-Fi to make calls and send texts whenever available. Project Fi is focused on simplified billing. Project Fi puts you on the best available network between Wi-Fi and three 4G LTE networks.

How does it work

Project Fi works with a special SIM card and a little software on your phone that can authenticate you on T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, and switch between them on the fly based on a variety of factors. When you use Project Fi, you also get some of the same features that have made Google Voice popular over the years.

Why do I want it

Project Fi’s pricing isn’t dramatically lower than other carriers out there, and whether it makes a good choice financially for you depends on your data usage and which features you want. There are lots of cool features that make Project Fi a good choice, like the simplified billing, included international features and improved network coverage through the use of three carriers and Wi-Fi networks.

Project Fi Features

The service automatically switches between networks depending on signal strength and speed, and automatically connects to open Wi-Fi hotspots that meet certain criteria while securing data with encryption through an automatic VPN. Project Fi works with Google Hangouts to bring you the best features from Google Voice. These services work regardless of whether the Project Fi phone is powered on or off.

Project Fi relies on Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular for wireless networks, switching among them depending upon signal quality and your location.

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