Project Fi, Google’s New Wireless Service
Google has entered the ring of wireless carriers by pairing with Sprint and T-mobile. Google’s Project Fi promises, “fast speed in more places and better connections to Wi-Fi.” The main point of Project Fi is to allow customers to be able to have network coverage in the U.S., but not have to be tied down to a single carrier. However, this service is only currently provided to customers that use a Nexus 6 smartphone.
Project Fi is not only benefiting the consumers, but it also benefits Google’s research and development efforts. “Google can test out carriers at network-level features and potentially build them directly into the Android OS, which would give the platform an edge—especially in low income areas and emerging markets. Project Fi might also be enticing for those who need a supplemental phone for travel, but don’t want to bother dealing with their carrier.”
Google Fi is attempting to solve three problems: “ensuring you stay connected via the strongest network wherever you are, making it easy for you to communicate with those in your life, and simplifying your mobile experience so that you’re not constantly scratching your head about your wireless service.” This service is aimed at saving you time and money. Google has basic plans starting at $20 dollars, but the only downside is that Google does not offer family plans. What Google does offer however, is a credit back to your bill for any unused data.
The way Google Fi works is by connecting automatically to public open Wi-Fi networks to allow you to make phone calls and transmit data. There is a list that Google manages that contains a list of hotspots that have reliable connections. Now I am sure you are asking yourself, when can I sign up for this? As of today, you can request an invitation to join Project Fi. If Google accepts your request they will send a Project Fi SIM card that will work with your Nexus 6 smartphone and you can officially join the Google Network.
Google has increasingly been expanding their reach through multiple sectors as well as supporting consumers who wish to bring their own ideas to life. Communication, as a whole, is another huge sector in itself due to the fact that virtually every individual and business is continuously connected to a network of some sort all the time. With Google giving consumers more freedom to choose how they stay connected, it will begin to open up doors for many businesses who rely on a constant and stable network in which to communicate their ideas and foster growth.