By announcing Project Fi today, Google has taken to the wireless spectrum.
In summary, Project Fi allows the user to pay one rate for data around the world, only paying for used data, unlimited domestic talk and text (with unlimited international texts), which is alongside low-cost international calls, WiFi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries. The first (and currently only) phone to support Fi will be the Nexus 6, built by Motorola. In the U.S., service is provided by Sprint and T-Mobile, both of which will seamlessly be switched on your device depending on signal strength.
Pricing for Project Fi (currently invite-only) starts at $20 a month, which nets you all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries). After that, it’s a flat $10 per GB for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad — 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Again, one of the primary strengths of Fi is that a user will only pay for used data, so say you paid 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month; $16 will be credited to you.
It’s a project, a concept really, but it has the potential to change the way consumers look at wireless coverage, which is interesting above all else. Promo vid, after the break.