Google’s wireless service, Project Fi, which only works with the tech giant’s own branded mobile devices powered by its Android mobile operating system (more on this later), is introducing a new feature called Group Repay. This latest feature is basically an automated system that allows a customer of Project Fi to split his group plan among up to half a dozen members of that same plan.
What happens is that the members of the group plan will receive specific bills on a monthly basis, telling them to pay a specific amount based on their mobile usage. The plan members also get reminders to complete their monthly payment, and they can do just that by paying their fair share of the monthly billing by way of Google Wallet.
According to Google, customers can split a bill through various means, and they can even choose to set up the options via the Project Fi mobile app. Participating members will not need worry about any computation because regardless of the option they pick, Project Fi will do the calculating for them. Moreover, customers of the plan can also decide to automatically cash out repayments to a debit card or checking account.
It has been about a couple of years since Google had officially introduced its Project Fi wireless service. For those still not familiar with the service, it takes full advantage of both cell coverage courtesy of major US wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, and local Wi-Fi connections. Project Fi makes this possible by utilizing a technology that is capable of detecting which available network option (cellular or Wi-Fi) delivers the better quality in terms of connection, and conveniently letting the customer switch easily between these networks in case one option is faulty or absent.
To date, Google’s Project Fi wireless service works with the tech giant’s flagship devices (the Pixel and the Pixel XL handsets), and its Nexus lineup of smartphones, which include the Nexus 5X (made by LG), the Nexus 6 (made by Motorola), and the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei). In terms of wireless plans, Project Fi’s Basics option is priced at $20 per month and already comes with unlimited domestic voice calls and text messaging. Customers then pay $10 for each gigabyte of data and then get credit for any unconsumed data they buy. Users are also free to add up to five other members to their plan, with members charged a base fee of $15 a month.
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