Google Opens Project Fi to All Customers
Published on: 8th Mar 2016
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Google has dropped the restrictions on customers signing up to its Project Fi mobile phone service.
Since it launched 10-months ago, the service has been by invitation only, in the standard Google model of using the restriction to slowly test its new product, while also building up a wall of anticipation for when the invites dry up.
"We're excited to be exiting our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that people across the US can now sign up for service without having to wait in-line for an invite," product manager Simon Arscott said in a blog post.
However, Project Fi is only available on a select number of Nexus branded Android smartphones, and requires a special SIM card that supports connections to multiple cellular networks.
The service will allow a smartphone to connect to one of two LTE networks, or a local wi-fi hotspot.
"As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable," Google said in a blog post.
Basic Project Fi plans cost $20 monthly for unlimited voice calls and text messages, and charges $10 per gigabyte of mobile data usage.