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Google enters the wireless industry with Project Fi

Google’s Project Fi aims to redefine how mobile phone owners utilize and pay for WiFi and LTE.

Today, the search engine giant Google announced through its official blog Project Fi, a program that they intend to use to revolutionize mobile contracts. Those with smartphones are certainly familiar with losing connection as well as the hindering effect weak wifi or cellular connection can have on performance. To combat this, Project Fi allegedly uses technology that automatically switches users from LTE to WiFi and back, depending on the strength of connection and options within range of the device. If this feature works properly, it could potentially eliminate the hassle of manually switching between data and WiFi.

Project Fi’s other potential draw is its pricing model, which starts with a flat rate of $20 a month for talk, text, WiFi, and international coverage for some 120 countries. Beyond that, Google plans to charge based on cellular data used, at a rate of $10/GB per month. The other upside is that if a user decides to go with a larger plan and uses only a fraction of the data, what is left over is converted into credit (at a rate of $10 per unused GB) that will be used to pay the following months' cellular bills. This pricing model makes far more sense for the average consumer, as other carriers charge for the allotted GB amount no matter how much data was actually used in a month. Google is partnering with Sprint and T-Mobile for Project Fi, and the first compatible smartphone with the program is the Nexus 6.

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Joseph Lambert, 2015-04-22 (Update: 2015-04-23)