Google steps into wireless industry

The internet giant’s new service will provide refunds for unused data

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Google introduced itself into the wireless industry on Wednesday with a new service in the US named Project Fi. Fusing Wi-Fi and cellular networks together, Google wants users to experience multiplatform connectivity while keeping phone bills low.

Project Fi will work on only Google’s hardware, namely Motorola Nexus 6 mobile phones. Multiplatform service will be hosted on Sprint and T-Mobile networks and provide a seamless connectivity by automatically switching between these mobile carriers and more than 1 million open free Wi-Fi spots across the world.

Google’s senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai said that the scale will be small so it won’t disrupt the wireless industry, when he hinted of the service in Barcelona Mobile World Congress in February. Pichai underlined that the aim of Project Fi won’t be to unseat the wireless behemoths, but is rather to exert pressure for more innovations in the industry.

The service starts at $20, including unlimited talk and texts besides international coverage in 120+ countries at no additional cost. Then for every 1GB extra $10 will be charged. But if you use only 0.3 GB, you will get a $7 refund.

For now the Google’s service is invite only. A small number of people are allowed to join Project Fi each week.

TRTWorld and agencies