Everything you need to know about Google's new wireless carrier project
Following years of speculation about Google's will-they-won't-they entry into the mobile service provision, the Internet giant has put all rumours to rest by confirming the launch of its new Project Fi. Here, Buro 24/7 Middle East, breaks downs the ins and the outs of the new U.S cell service and lets you in on how the new 'network' is doing things differently.
What does a Project Fi package look like? For only $30 per month, users will receive unlimited domestic calls and texts as well as 2G-only international service in more than 120 countries and unlimited international messaging. Users can deicide on their own data usage and just pay for that, and anything that is not used, will be refunded.
So how does it work? Project Fi, is not, in-itself, an actual mobile phone network. It works by mashing up existing networks such as T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S, users will instantly connect to whichever signal is stronger wherever they are, making sure that the service remains uninterrupted. It will do the same with Wifi connections, as Google has linked up with thousands of approved Wifi networks across the U.S. Some of these will be very familiar such as the 7000 or Starbucks networks. Some will not be so well known and these will all be passed through a secure Google VPN to protect users. Google is also working on its Google Fibre project to bolster Wifi gaps in the U.S.
If you happen to be in an area that doesn't have a Wifi network approved by Google, or at all, then automatically the 3G network from T-Mobile or Sprint will kick in to keep your data flowing. This is the part that is chargeable.
Another neat function of Project Fi is the full integration of messaging across all devices, Chromebook, and tablets can keep on top of all of your messaging so you can switch seamlessly from one device to another. Although we saw Apple launch this with iMessage some years ago.
The leading drawback is that Project Fi is only compatible with one device – the Nexus 6. And that's not all, this is an invitation-only service for the time being. Hopeful early adopters can register their interest online and expect to hear back one way or the other within 30 days. The requirements are straightforward; you must have a Nexus 6 device, and you must live in an area of good T-mobile or Sprint coverage in order to started. We are super interested to see how the first wave of users find this unconventional service. Stay tuned to Buro 24/7 Middle East as we monitor this story for you...