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    Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    But this new US MVNO is limited to Nexus 6 smartphone owning invitees.
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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    Very interesting, this has the potential to really shake the market up.
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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    It's a good idea, I love the fact you can have your number on any android device so you can be contacted on whatever you're using at the time.

    However I don't like the pricing it's really poor. I know tmobile in America do unlimited data for $60 - 80, I expected Google to be focusing on the data cost but 10 dollars per gb is bad.


    Hopefully if it comes to UK the price is better because I pay£15 on three for unlimited everything (5k fair usage of mins and text but no limit on data). Three told me I averaged at 15gb a month... That's $150 per month!

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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    For talk/text, they are close to the bottom when it comes to price amongst all the players in the US. The data side is somewhat high to very high, especially when there are services out there that offer unlimited T/T/D for $49/month (albeit throttled after a certain amount).

    Right now, the stake through the heart is the extreme limitation in hardware. I'm guessing it's going to take some rather specialized stuff to be able to jump through everything that Fi is going to support smoothly. 2 carriers, multiple connect options which are supposed to switch on the fly, and smoothly... all that adds up to expense, and not seeing any indication that Google is planning on offering phone subsidies/leasing.
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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    For someone like me, who rarely uses data, this is perfect. I can get data if I want it (trips or something of the like) but I can have an extremely cheap talk/text plan. I, for one, love it. Also, most carriers don't allow you to use a smartphone with only talk/text (some data is almost always required) so that is also an added benefit. The cheapest plan with data I could find (including prepaid networks) was $35 a month for something like 500MB of low-speed data and a limited number of texts...

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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    Quote Originally Posted by plexabit View Post
    For someone like me, who rarely uses data, this is perfect. I can get data if I want it (trips or something of the like) but I can have an extremely cheap talk/text plan. I, for one, love it. Also, most carriers don't allow you to use a smartphone with only talk/text (some data is almost always required) so that is also an added benefit. The cheapest plan with data I could find (including prepaid networks) was $35 a month for something like 500MB of low-speed data and a limited number of texts...
    Straight Talk (Walmart) has 1500mins talk/unlimited text/100mb data for $30/month. The only reason this may be a better option is simply this - the choice of phones. Fi has one... Smart Talk has dozens, including the ability to bring your own. A couple of the pre-paids are somewhat on the shady side, with Trac-Fone actually having been found to be selling customer information illegally. But much like Google fiber, it's not something I expect to see in my area any time soon - as in never...
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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    how does "auto connect between carriers depending which is fastest" work?! Because if it goes by signal strenght then you can get very dunked if the tower it connects to already is working at the max capacity.

    edit: also why the hell three.co.uk prices have gone up for sim monthly plans? O2 prices affecting three already!?
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    Re: Google launches Project Fi mobile network

    Quote Originally Posted by aniilv View Post
    how does "auto connect between carriers depending which is fastest" work?! Because if it goes by signal strenght then you can get very dunked if the tower it connects to already is working at the max capacity.

    edit: also why the hell three.co.uk prices have gone up for sim monthly plans? O2 prices affecting three already!?
    Seems it's some sort of VooDoo that only the Nexus 6 can accomplish right now. As for the pricing, I'm on the wrong side of the mud puddle to comment on UK cell pricing.
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