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Project Fi Now Available to Everyone, Offers Nexus 5X for Only $199.99

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Last year, Google introduced Project Fi as an MVNO. But compared to other MVNOs in the market, Project Fi operates under the towers of Sprint and T-Mobile so it is not limited to just one carrier. Ever since it was launched, Project Fi has always operated as an invite-only MVNO. But now, it looks like Google is finally ready to make the service available to anyone in the country.

In line with this announcement, Google has whipped up an exciting deal. Aside from making Project Fi available to everyone in the US, Google has also started to offer the Nexus 5X with a $150 price reduction. Starting today, new customers may get the device for only $199 through Project Fi. This will give you the 16GB variant. If you prefer 32GB of storage, the price of the Nexus 5X will be $249.

The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen with 1920x1080 resolution and 423 ppi index. From within, the device runs on 1.8 GHz Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 2 GB of RAM and the Adreno 418 GPU. The device has a 12.3 MP rear-facing camera with 4K recording and a secondary 5 MP camera in front. Its battery is equipped with a 2,700 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. Colors available include Carbon, Quartz, and Ice. Upon release, the Nexus 5X runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

If you've always shown an interest for both Google's Project Fi and Nexus 5X, now is the best time to get both! The $150 discount on the Nexus 5X is valid from March 7 until April 7, 2016. According to Project Fi's website, a limit of 1 discounted Nexus 5X per customer is in place. Once a device has been purchased, Fi service must be activated on the account within 30 days of device shipment. Otherwise, an additional charge of $150 will be placed on Google Payments to match the full price of the device.


Source: Android Police, Project Fi

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  1. Can your Google Voice number ring your Google Fi phone?

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    1. The quote below from their site would have me believe the answer is yes.

      "Talk, text, and check voicemail on the screen nearest you

      Connect any device that supports Google Hangouts (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, or Chromebook) to your number. Then, talk and text with anyone—it doesn't matter what device they're using."

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    2. When you activate on Project Fi your existing Google Voice number becomes a Project Fi number. You can't forward it to other phones anymore like you can with Google Voice but you can use Hangouts on other phones, tablets and PCs to send and receive texts and MMS and to make and receive VOIP calls using your Project Fi number.

      See: What happens to my Google Voice number? - Project Fi Help for more information

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    3. Thank You Dennis!!

      So the answer is no.

      This is really ood info. to know before signing up for this service.

      Following your link above lead me to another informative/useful page re the service, also makes pretty clear that the answer is no.
      "What Google Voice features do I get with Project Fi?"
      https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6159953

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    4. Dennis, when I was on Fi I was able to forward my Fi number to any other non-Fi, non-GV number. I often carried a Moto E2 on RingPlus and it worked perfectly, just like with GV.

      It is a limitation that you can't forward between Fi and GV. For example, if you are using a second GV number as a substitute for landline at home, you can't forward either direction between that line and Fi.

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  2. I just got me one and waiting for Google to ship it to me. This deal is a steal for 199.99.

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  3. Nitpicking a bit, the price is $199(.00), not $199.99.

    https://fi.google.com/about/phones/#phone-prices

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  4. Too bad Sprint/T-mo networks are AWOL for me about half the time/places I need to use a cell phone. If I have WiFi I can just use hangouts.

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    1. Is there coverage map correct? I have checked several locations on project fi that shows 2g or 3g but when I check Tmobile and sprint, at least one of them has LTE in that location.

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    2. Me too. Sprint and T-mobile service are terrible in locations that I freqeunt. Also, I am not impresed with Fi rates either.

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  5. Par for a Christine article - vital info. missing -

    "This offer is valid from March 7, 2016, to April 7, 2016, while supplies last for U.S. residents ages 18 and older with a Google Payments account. There is a limit of 1 discounted Nexus 5X per customer, and terms are subject to applicable laws. The offer is void where prohibited."

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    1. Didn't find this on source article. Will confirm. Thanks!

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    2. On this page
      https://fi.google.com/about/faq/#supported-devices-3
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      "How can I receive a special Project Fi discount for the Nexus 5X?"

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    3. Come on! Take it easy on Christine!

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  6. I have had FI for a few months. Not good for me. Missed calls, especially when in WIFI. Doesn't work at all in some places where I go regularly. Am gonna switch back to ATT based MVNO. Harbor Mobile and Bluegreen mobile have 2.5 or 3GB data for $30.00 which is much more than FI. Good thing Nexus 6 is unlocked to any of the 4 carriers.

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    1. Totally agree. There are plenty of other MVNOs that charges less for what you get with Project Fi.

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  7. I love the idea of Project Fi but $10/ GB is crazy. I have have 10gb of LTE on T-Mobile for $35. My wife has 10gb of LTE for $30 on Boost. Project Fi would cost us $240 per month if I understand correctly.

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    1. I love the idea too, but until they put it on actual extensive national networks, it's just a limited beta-test.

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  8. Which plan that you are using that made ypu get 10g at 35$ on tmo & 10g at 30 in boost??

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    1. Style correction: The $ comes before the dollar amount in typed American English: $35. It backwards-is if you it type it other way any.

      Not any sort of grammar-nazi, but this goof is annoying when repeated: just like with those who say "supposably" instead of "supposedly".

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  9. Deal Math: You have to pay tax and shipping, and sign up for at least $30/month, with a refund or credit for any data you do not use.
    The phone, tax, shipping ($10?) and first month service cost me at least $251 (6% tax), with a possible $10 credit if I do not use any mobile data. By the time I get the credit, I will have paid for month 2. Still a good deal.

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  10. This is how you do it and pay the least amount possible. Buy the phone and sign up for service. When you get the phone activate it and never used the data. You can disable data by going into settings. You only pay 199.00 plus 20 for service and any tax on top. so your looking at 220 plus tax. which is still and steal for 349.00.

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    1. If one just wants this phone to use on an existing account (T-Mobile) what exactly would I need to activate? And furthermore Google store is offering 24 months no interest on this phone, do I have to keep fi that whole time to qualify for this financing?

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    2. "activate it and never use data" sounds like a fun smartphone experience.

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    3. Yes, Zach. Gets rid of a lot of headaches. Stop trying to make calls, and it gets even less stressful.

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    4. Why fiancing its already low as is. You can't afford don't even bother. I don't care about the data experience. I just want the cheap for cheap by activating and then cancel the plan when my due date is up. You are not obligated to keep the service to get the price for the phone.

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  11. Anonymous @ March 7, 2016 at 11:06 PM. I'm on Smartel Pink Gold plan. It's now called Blue green Mobile and $10 more. My wife is on a Boost promotion from last September/October that cut Cricket plan prices in half.
    Boost is offering a family plan @$30 per line or less with each line receiving 10gb. I will move to that if Blue green raises my price to $45.

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    1. I thought those were business plans only?

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  12. I can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere, does anybody know if the 5x tethering work out of the box for T-Mobile proper (non fi account) I'm not talking about masking tethering, I'm talking about the portion Tmobile allows.

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  13. For what you get for the money, it's still not as great of a deal as T-Mobile's secret plan. Data is more important to me than "unlimited minutes." $30/month for unlimited text, 100 minutes, @ least 100 MB courtesy tethering tacked onto 5GB of 4G LTE, the value you get from the secret plan still puts Project Fi to shame!

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  14. Dennis? My biggest question is.. If I buy this phone, and just get one month of service.. can I then "move" this phone to another prepaid plan?? Is this "unlocked" or is it tied to project fi?

    thanks
    Gus
    FT WORTH TEXAS

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    1. The Nexus phones from the Play Store are unlocked.

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  15. Just wondering if it's possible to totally avoid data consumption on Project Fi, if I have access to wifi almost all the time? Or there are any small print gotchas in Project Fi contract that they extract some or fraction of $$$ from me. In other words, can I switch off the network data physically on my Nexus 5X/6P phone? Thank you very much, in anticipation of your or expert readers' response!

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    1. You can disable data on all Android phones including the Nexus 5X and 5P. You can also disable it on an app by app basis.

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  16. Project Fi is addind US Cellular to their coverage. 23 states have US Cellular towers. This helps fill in dead spots and capacity.

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    1. It doesn't do much. Check their own coverage map. For all but a few of those 23 states, US Cellular only covers a small part of the state. Some portions as small as 5% of a state's territory.

      This does it take to turn Fi from an experiment into a viable national plan.

      Fi needs to add a big national carrier instead of a tiny one which is really only good in about 4 or 5 states.

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