Project Fi is one of the few wireless carriers in the U.S. to refund you for the data you don’t use, meaning that if you churn through 3.5GB data in one month on a 4GB plan, you are credited the remaining 0.5GB. Fi’s network relies on a combination of U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, and Sprint’s network for coverage, and compatible phones switch between the three depending on network congestion and signal strength.
Google’s Project Fi is all about data-efficiency. The service automatically switches between Wi-Fi and different 4G LTE data networks to intelligently handle your connectivity. While many service providers have developed similar systems, they still typically rely on a single 4G LTE network. Project Fi’s data connection, on the other hand, is handled through a partnership with T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.
Project Fi Plans
Project Fi has “one simple plan for everyone,” with a single line of basic service. Unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texting, Wi-Fi hotspot, and 24/7 support cost $20 per month, plus $10 for each GB of data used. Therefore, a plan with 1GB of data will only cost you $30/month plus taxes and regulatory fees (about $2-$3 each month). Additionally, you only pay for the data you use. So if you use less than 1GB, your bill would even be less than $30.
You can add up to five additional people to your Project Fi plan for an additional $15/month per user, with data shared across all devices. This can be very cost effective for a large family — six users sharing 6 GB of data comes down to $25.83/line per month (plus taxes and fees).
Project Fi Phones
Previously, Project Fi’s phone selection was limited to only the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Pixel devices. But criticism about the lack of choices has encouraged Google to add several new devices such as the Moto X4, Moto G6, and the LG G37 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ. With the addition of the Moto G6 and X4, you can now spend less than $300 to take advantage of the network.
This is because these phones have the technology to automatically switch between the T-Mobile and Sprint networks which again is what Project Fi uses to provide coverage.
You can also purchase any of the currently supported devices used or unlocked from another retailer and use the “Bring Your Own Phone” program.
So how do you sign up for Project Fi
Well, the sign-up process is very simple and very easy, simply go to https://fi.google.com/signup and select the Google account you would like to use and enter your ZIP Code and then choose either bring your Google voice number to Project Fi or sign a new number and lose your Google voice number forever.
I personally recommend you bring over your Google voice number keep in mind that you will have to put your number to Project Fi when you get your SIM card and activate your service, which means they’ll be about a 24 hour period where you will not be able to send or receive phone calls or texts.
Next, select the plan you want then choose which device you want or you can select to order a Sim card for free if you already have a device.
You place your order and your shipping and billing information and the Google will send out everything you ordered.
How you complete your setup process: it could be little different depending on what you ordered but all you have to do is insert SIM Card into your compatible phone and go to the Project Fi application to get everything set up and working properly.
Your online account gives you a clear overview of current usage, plan settings, payment method, account settings, call, and text settings.
The current psycho graphic gives you a nice overview of the current billing period and data usage. Your plan tab gives you info about your current plan, device and phone number and offers some international features.
- The plan tab page you can manage the amount of data in your plan rename your device and order device protection, order a data only Sim card for free, buy a new device and pause or cancel your service at any time.
- The payment method tab simply lets you manage the card you use to auto pay for your plan.
- The call or text settings tab you can view all your previous calls, texts and listen to your greeting and add a call forwarding number.
- The Account settings tab you can change your service address change your work preferences and change your privacy settings.
The website design is clean simple and informative and you can also view all this information from the project Fi application on your device, you can also use your device to set a data limit and a data warning to make sure you do not go over your data allotment.
Something else cool about Project Fi is that it puts your Google voice number into a Sim card I already made a post explaining Google voice and hangout, this is really awesome because it allows you to make phone calls and send text over Wi-Fi.
So when you have Project Fi you will get coverage anywhere there’s Sprint coverage and T-Mobile coverage and anywhere you have Wi-Fi connection.
Project Fi integration with Google voice also allows you to use Hangouts as your default messaging application, hangouts will sync all your messages across all of your devices and will also automatically transcribe voicemails into text.
Consider checking out my review of Google voice and hangouts for an in-depth look at all the features.
So at the end of the day Project Fi is an incredibly amazing cell phone service at a very affordable price, alone Sprint and T-Mobile definitely have weaker coverage areas but combined they can easily be rivaled the coverage of Verizon or AT&T, with strong coverage and affordable cell phone plans.
The biggest limiting factor of Project Fi comes down to the phone selection, if you don’t like the Nexus line up then you’re out of luck, however if you like the Nexus 6, 6P or 5X or if you already have one of those phones then you should definitely consider Project Fi, existing Sprint and T-Mobile customers should also consider Project Fi because by switching you will increase your coverage area while still being able to pay an affordable price on cell phone service.
Project Fi is an amazing service with excellent coverage for affordable pricing and some of the best android devices out there. I would recommend it to anyone with a Nexus device or anyone on the Sprint and T-Mobile network.