A search engine, web browser, operating system, and business-changing suite of applications. These are just a few of the many products and services Google already offers the world. This past week, Google announced plans to add a brand new item to their already impressive list, Project Fi, and explained it would soon be released to the public.
If you have ever been confused by your wireless bill or the various charges on your cell phone bill, this may be an excellent option for you. Project Fi is Google’s approach to wireless phone plans. They have decided to solve the “problem” with wireless carriers by making things just as simple as they do with all their Google solutions.
The billing is simple. You pay $20 per month per phone for unlimited voice, text, and international coverage. The cost of data is then $10 per gigabyte, but with an added benefit to your wallet. For example, let’s say you pay for 4 Gigabytes of data one month, but only use two. You will see a $20 credit on your bill for the unused data. Yes, you finally can stop worrying so much about usage and whether you really need to be paying for an excessive amount of data!
At this point, it may seem similar to other, prepaid services you have seen before. One thing Google has promised with Project Fi is the ability to connect to MORE Wifi hotspots. Currently, they have already partnered with two large wireless companies to enhance coverage areas. This will allow you to connect to a wide variety of cell phone towers and available free wifi services. The goal is to minimize the amount of cellular data you are using each month. So, if you pay for 4 Gigabytes of service per month now, you might be able to cut that in half with this new service!
As with everything Google, things will inevitably change as more information comes out. It just seems that with this announcement they are doing their best to change the way we pay for wireless service and perhaps change the way other companies conduct business as well.