New service from Google

New service from Google

Nowadays everybody uses wireless networks to carry out different tasks, but Google promises to make this process more pleasant with Project Fi.

Nowadays everybody uses wireless networks to carry out different tasks, but Google promises to make this process more pleasant with Project Fi.

Project Fi is similar to the existing wireless services from AT&T or Verizon, but it also offers better conditions and other notable differences.

First of all, you don’t need to connect to some special wireless networks. Recently, Google negotiated with Sprint and T-Mobile and will spend more than $1 million into free-of-charge wireless hotspots all over the world. Project Fi offers automatic switching between Google’s hotspots and other Wi-Fi networks, opting the fastest one. No matter, what network you’re using or whether you have an active Wi-Fi connection, Google will let you make calls, surf the web or use your device as usual. As an additional plus, Google will automatically encrypt your data, when you’re connected to the unprotected hotspot.

Project Fi, personal cabinet

Project Fi, personal cabinet on Motorola’s Nexus 6

The minimum price for the service is $20. This fee includes unlimited voice calls, messaging, low-cost international calls and roaming. After the paid-up pack of services is finished, Project Fi costs $10 for every other used gigabyte. If you use less data than you’ve paid for, you can get the rest of the unused sum on your credit card or if you use more, you’ll be charged only for the amount of data that you’ve used. For example, if you subscribed to the 3 GB plan and used only 2,5 GB, you’ll get $5 back on your credit card.

But this new program has its disadvantages as well. First of all, there isn’t many devices on the market that support Project Fi. To be exact, only one smartphone, Nexus 6 from Motorola supports these networks. The price for the gadget is $649. Also, some time will pass before this technology will be made public. Google adds users to the newly created network very slowly in order to prevent the ‘network down’ situation and test the network in general. If you are living in the Project Fi nearby area, you can be sent an invitation to join the network.

The head of the Google Products Department, Sundar Pichai, announced this service in February, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. He said that Google’s part on the wireless market will be very small and the goal of Project Fi is not to become a new rival for the existing products of the Big Four network giants, but to stimulate the development of wireless technologies.

But there’s also a risk of failing. If something goes down with the connections that T-mobile or Sprint provide for Google, customers won’t blame them for the inconvenience, but they will be angry at Google.

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