After nearly a year of waiting, Google has finally announced that it is opening up its Projec Fi mobile network to people in the U.S. Previously, Google would only let consumers pay for the amount of data they used every month.
According to Simon Arscott, Fi’s product manager, through a blog post With Project Fi, Google delivers fast wireless service with the flexibility to use it where you want (even internationally) and a monthly bill that’s simple and easy to understand. Since its launch, Google says more than 15% of our customers have used Project Fi abroad. ‘’From Mexico to Montenegro, customers have visited 110 of our 120+ supported countries all while paying the same rate for data that they would in the U.S.’’
He adds that over the past 10 months, they have learned a lot about how people use Project Fi and wanted to share a few of these insights with their consumers.
‘’We launched Project Fi as an invitation-only Early Access program to make sure we could deliver the best quality of service to our first customers. Today, we’re excited to be exiting our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that people across the U.S. can now sign up for service without having to wait in-line for an invite,’’ Simon Arscott adds.
Google has also created Wi-Fi Assistant – a tool that automatically connects to high-quality hotspots and helps secure consumers connection and it says over 50% of Project Fi customers are connecting to public hotspots using Wi-Fi Assistant on a weekly basis.
To welcome Project Fi , Google says it will from next month be offering the Nexus 5X starting at $199 when you buy and activate through Project Fi.
Project Fi is Google’s virtual mobile network that uses open Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks owned by Sprint and T-Mobile to provide voice, text, and data services to consumers. The service allows users to make phone calls and texts even while only on a Wi-Fi connection