The announcement of Google’s Project Fi service nearly a year ago was big news for the mobile community. Here we have the introduction of this new prepaid carrier by Google of all companies, and the features that set Project Fi apart from other prepaid carriers were tempting to say the least.
The lowest price you can pay for Project Fi’s mobile phone service is $30 a month, which gets you unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of data. It might not seem like much, but it’s actually a pretty good deal, particularly if you’re around WiFi networks often. Should you use less than your 1GB allotment, you are repaid for what you didn’t use; alternatively, if you go over your preset amount, you are still charged at the same $10/GB rate. No insane prices for overages here, and you are paid back if you overshoot your estimate.
One downside is that not very many smartphones are supported. Currently the only supported phones for Project Fi are the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P (North American versions). The reasoning for Nexus-only devices is, according to Google, because these devices are currently the only ones to support Fi’s network of networks (Sprint and T-Mobile) - which means the possibility for future phone additions isn’t out of the question. For tablets (which can be used with Project Fi’s data only plans, starting at $10) you can use the Nexus 7, Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, and Galaxy Tab S.
Another downside, initially, was that you had to wait for an invitation to use Project Fi. Keyword: was. Google lifted the need for an invitation just a few days ago, and to celebrate the departure of invitations they’ve decided to put the Nexus 5X on super sale with a hefty $150 discount. A 16GB Nexus 5X through Project Fi will only cost you $199 (and 32GB model will run you $249).
Personally, I found this deal too good to pass up.
I’ve been considering switching carriers for some time now. My phone plan each month currently runs me $80 (and was more before I paid off my phone); this gets me unlimited talk and text, and about 6GB of data. It’s a little on the expensive side, but I justified sticking with it because I enjoyed having free range choice of most phones that ever came out (AT&T always seems to offer most phones I take interest in). But I am intrigued by Project Fi’s service, and this seems like an ideal time to, at the very least, test the service out and see if it works for me.
I’m bummed that I can’t bring my iPhone with me. After all, I’m still quite happy with iOS. But I also miss Android from time to time (doubly so now that Android N is starting to make headlines) and have been interested in the Nexus 5X since it was first introduced. I’ve also been interested in Project Fi, so this seems like an excellent way to kill two birds with one stone. Besides, since certain iPads are supported, I wouldn’t be surprised if future iPhones will be supported as well eventually. It’s certainly a possibility.
With Project Fi being a prepaid service, there’s no repercussions should I decide at some point down the line that I’m not happy with the service – just cancel and be on my way. With the Nexus 5X also having as big of a discount as it does right now, I find very little reason not to give it a go.
Readers, will you be trying out Project Fi now that invitations are no longer necessary? Let us know in the comments below!