Google has recently confirmed rumors of launching their own wireless service called “Project Fi.” The company says its goal is to create a fast and easy wireless experience.
However, not everyone will be able to dive into the new service right away.
Project Fi is currently invite-only and can only be used by those owning a Nexus 6 smartphone. The Nexus 6 is the only smartphone that supports the hardware and software required for Project Fi.
Google has found a way around building their own network of cell towers by partnering with Spring and T-mobile to utilize millions of WiFi hotspots.
Nick Fox, Vice President of Communications explains on the official Google Blog,
In today’s mobile world, fast and reliable connectivity is almost second nature. But even in places like the U.S., where mobile connections are nearly ubiquitous, there are still times when you turn to your phone for that split-second answer and don’t have fast enough speed. Or you can’t get calls and texts because you left your phone in a taxi (or it got lost in a couch cushion for the day). As mobile devices continually improve how you connect to people and information, it’s important that wireless connectivity and communication keep pace and be fast everywhere, easy to use, and accessible to everyone.”
Google claims to have developed technology that connects you to the fastest available network at your location as you move.
Google boasts that this new technology can transition from WiFi to cell networks without disrupting any conversation.
No annual contracts are required for Project Fi. For $20 a month, users will receive unlimited talk, unlimited text, WiFi tethering, coverage in more than 120 countries, and international calling for 20 cents-per-minute with data bring priced separately.
Those with a Nexus 6 smartphone can try out Project Fi by requesting an invite from google at this link: https://fi.google.com/signup?u=0