In an effort to further expand its service coverage in the United States, Google’s wireless service Project Fi has officially added US Cellular as its third wireless carrier partner, effectively including the fifth biggest mobile service provider in the country as one of the available networks in Project Fi’s roster.
Prior to adding US Cellular to its fold, Google has claimed that users of its Project Fi cellular service had an available signal 99 percent of the time. Moreover, 95 percent of that time, the signal enjoyed by users was 4G LTE. And now that Google has brought on US Cellular, Project Fi’s coverage should only improve. But it bears noting that in order to get support for US Cellular, mobile users will need to update their Project Fi mobile app.
What makes Project Fi so advantageous for mobile users is that it is designed to select the best available connection based on location. But in order to pull this off, the service needs to have an existing cellular infrastructure in place. This is where its wireless carrier partners come in. Apart from US Cellular, Project Fi already has joined forces with two major US wireless carriers, namely T-Mobile and Sprint, with Wi-Fi networks also made available.
More than just additional coverage, US Cellular joining the club means more options for better signal quality. Sure, T-Mobile and Sprint are giants in the wireless industry, but in certain areas in America, US Cellular’s signal may prove to be the best. Project Fi will then choose that signal, and when it ceases to serve as the best connection, Google’s wireless service try to look for another.
Google officially announced its Project Fi wireless service back in April of last year. Some may view Google’s Project Fi as essentially a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), due to its nature of leasing capacity from other wireless carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint). The core plan basically costs $20 a month, with users paying only for the data they use on a monthly basis.
By December of 2015, Google revealed that the service had begun having support for data only mobile devices such as tablets, wearable devices, and other connected gadgets. In order to take full advantage of Project Fi though, users will need a mobile device that is compatible with the service (like Google Nexus handsets). When going abroad, users can still utilize Project Fi -- the service works in more than 120 countries around the world.
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