Google's Project Fi is straight out of the future. It's the company's ambitious new project that aims at changing the way you make calls or use cellular data, on the go. Launched in typical 'Google fashion - Project Fi was made available to the general public (in the US) via an invite-system, roughly 10 months ago.
Starting March 7 - the service is now open to everyone in United States without any invite - meaning it is expected to receive an extremely high response in the coming weeks. If you are still confused as to what it exactly does, here is a list of all the features and specifications of Google's Project Fi.
Project Fi is a program that is intended to experiment with newer ideas in wireless connectivity. Project Fi works in partnership with major cellular networks in the US - Sprint and T-Mobile - to offer Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks for making phone calls, sending texts and using the Internet. With Google's Project Fi, users can make calls and send texts even when on a Wi-Fi network.
The one thing that differentiates Project Fi from regular cellular network connections is its unique pricing structure. The plan comes with a one-time monthly fee of $20 that includes unlimited voice calls and texts. For data connectivity, Google charges $10 per GB of data used in the month. Also, leftover data will be carried forward to the next month's plan, a feature that isn't offered by any cellular operator in the US.
Till it was in the beta stage, Google's Project Fi was supported by Sprint and T-Mobile in the US. More partners are expected to hop onto their service soon. The service offers users to access the features even when they are travelling outside of the US. 120+ countries are currently supported for eligible usage of the service. Google is also planning to expand the service to other major markets for capturing the audience that is always online.
HOW FUTURISTIC IS IT?
Project Fi is an interesting concept that is dependent upon the frequency of Public Wi-Fi networks in your area. As you travel towards your destination, it tracks the strength of an open Public Wi-Fi network and connects to it automatically, prompting the user about the same. To offer a seamless experience, Project Fi also manages the transition well enough to allow for uninterrupted calls and texts on the go.
While the service was launched around a year back, it has been invite-restricted. With Google testing the feedback on the service, figures and numbers are already expected. Google claims that users of the app are using roughly 1.6GB of data each month. Also, they claim that a majority of the users are using public Wi-Fi hotspots on a daily basis. A little but substantial fact that 90% users check their data usage everyday tells us the intensity of the importance that people give to their usage patterns.
WHAT'S SLATED FOR THE FUTURE?
This ambitious project has been launched by Google to counter the messed up networks and plans that cellular operators provide. With a direct focus on smartphones, Google has not yet abandoned plans of moving on to other devices, with hinting towards a similar launch for tablets. The company claims that SIM-card compatible tablets are getting popular now and getting them onto this service will not be difficult.