As revealed by Google through its official blog site, its Project Fi wireless service now offers a new group plan that can include up to six users on a single plan for an additional $15 per month for each line of service. The extra $15 a month price already provides subscribers with all the standard Project Fi inclusions, as well as unlimited voice calls and text messaging. And like the service’s individual plan, customers are free to get an extra gigabyte of data for $10 per month. If the user consumes less data than he paid for, Google will refund the unused gigabytes to his bill.
Project Fi’s individual plans have a starting price of $20 a month, so by availing of the $15 a month costing per line of service of the new group plan, customers get to enjoy savings of $5. In the group plan, users are allowed to appoint a person from their group to serve as sort of a manager that monitors the data usage from every line of service. These so-called managers can track how much data is consumed by each member and can even set limits so that nobody in the group uses up too much of the group plan’s data.
Project Fi has made some significant progress after it was introduced by Google last year. The wireless service makes full use of a combination of local Wi-Fi connections and cellular networks. In order to provide cost effective wireless Internet connectivity, Project Fi gains access to over a million Wi-Fi hotspots. In case a Wi-Fi connection is hard to come by, Google’s service takes advantage of existing cellular networks from wireless carriers such as T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.
There are others who will think that Google’s decision to add a new group plan to its services is an effort to shore up its repertoire, especially with the overall wireless industry getting more competitive. A month ago, cable giant Comcast had revealed its intention of launching its own wireless service by 2017, and one that is similar to Project Fi in mixing affordable Wi-Fi with carrier cellular connection. And as always, the Big Four -- Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- will surely continue to outdo each other with promos and special offers as we enter into the holiday shopping season.
Meanwhile, Project Fi is welcoming Google’s new smartphone devices, the recently announcedPixel and Pixel XL handsets, into its fold. Before, Google’s wireless service had only had support for a trio of devices, namely the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei, release last year), the Nexus 5X (made by LG, also launched last year), and the Nexus 6 (by Motorola, released 2014).
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