Project Fi, the wireless service from Google, can already be used by American mobile users when traveling to other countries. By using Project Fi abroad, these users need not avail of international plans that could prove costly. And now, Google is giving Project Fi using travelers even more reason to rejoice by boosting its wireless service’s international data speeds. It bears noting that Project Fi is still made available to mobile users based outside the United States, for those American travelers looking for cost effective solutions to their international data needs, the latest increase in Project Fi’s international data speeds should be welcome news.
For those still not familiar with how Google’s Project Fi works, basically it allows mobile users to switch between cellular networks and Wi-Fi connections seamlessly and automatically, without any dropped calls or disruption in video content streaming. By doing so, Project Fi gains an advantage over regular wireless carriers, at least in terms of flexibility. Moreover, because Project Fi runs on a number of networks owned by some of the top US wireless carriers (namely, T-Mobile, Sprint, and more recently, US Cellular), it provides more options for mobile users anywhere they go.
Project Fi is part of a larger initiative of Google that aims to make wireless services more easily available to all kinds of users. In the area of Internet connections, Google Fiber is the counterpart of Project Fi. And there is also Project Loon, which makes clever use of balloons in order to provide Wi-Fi connections over rural areas that have limited coverage.
With Project Fi, mobile users can avail of a plan that costs $20 a month, and already comes with voice calls, text messaging, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage. For each gigabyte of data consumed in a month, users can expect to pay $10 a month. But if the data gigabytes are not used up by the customer, Google will refund him or her for the unused data. In terms of international coverage, Project Fi is working to expand its reach to over a dozen new countries that include the Bahamas, Montenegro, and Macao.
There is no doubt that Project Fi is a good idea and all, but not all can make use of it due to some specific requirements. First of all, the wireless service only works with a specific roster of handsets designed by Google, including the Nexus 5X (built by LG) and the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei).
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