Owned by Google, Project Fi is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) that provides cellular service through Wi-Fi and cellular tower coverage provided by Sprint and T-Mobile. Project Fi has created a SIM that can access and use both networks. The service will switch between both networks using whichever service is stronger and faster in a general area. Project Fi is also engineered to connect to any available Wi-Fi hotspot. If making a call through Wi-Fi, Project Fi will automatically switch users to a cell network if their Wi-Fi coverage isn’t strong enough to make a call. Basically, Project Fi connects its customers to the strongest available network between Wi-Fi and two 4G LTE networks.
Project Fi is only available for users who have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6. These 3 devices are the only devices compatible with the Project Fi SIM which uses T-Mobile, Sprint and any connectable Wi-Fi.
If a potential user would like to sign up with Project Fi but they do not have one of these devices, they can purchase one through Project Fi. Customers have the option to either purchase the phone outright or if they qualify, over a 24-month payment period. Even though members can only use Project Fi on these specific devices, if users want to switch services down the road, they can use these devices with other service providers as the phones come unlocked.
Following the purchase of a device, customers will receive a one-year warranty within the purchase date of their Nexus. Project Fi also offers device protection for the 6P and 5X. With this protection, users can have their phone replaced from self inflicted damage outside of the warranty. Device protection wont be available for the Nexus 6.
The most basic plan with Project FI includes unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, Wi-Fi tethering and access coverage in over 120 countries. Wi-Fi tethering is free at no extra charge, however, it does use the monthly data amount. Data usage cost $10 per GB additional to the $20 basic plan.
If users get to the end of the month and haven’t used all of their data, Project Fi will credit them roughly 1 cent per MB of unused data. This credit will then be applied to the following month’s bill.
If a customer decides to leave Project Fi, they will only be charged the remaining balance of their bill if and only if they chose to pay for their device over a 24-month payment period.
When traveling to other countries, users can select to add extra GBs to their data plan for the same price as it cost in the US. Users can also use their data in over 100 countries at no extra charge.
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