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Project Fi Expands Reach With US Cellular Network

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Just recently, Google announced that they have signed up with US Cellular as a network partner for its prepaid wireless provider, Project Fi. Prior to this partnership, Project Fi operated on Wi-Fi as well as through the networks of T-Mobile and Sprint. By partnering with US Cellular, Project Fi is able to add a third network provider whom they can switch from to provide the strongest possible signal strength for its customers at certain locations and instances. Through this partnership, Project Fi will be able to expand its cellular coverage; especially since US Cellular has a network reach of up to 23 states.

According to Google, Project Fi uses an intelligent technology that analyzes the speed from each network. With this data, it lets users automatically connect to the network that is fastest at the location where he/she is in. Access to US Cellular networks will automatically be available over the next few weeks. 

As of this writing, Project Fi is compatible with three devices namely the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. They offer a service plan with a rate of $20 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and international text. To add data, an Add On of $10 per GB per month may be purchased. Any unused data gets refunded to the customer. On the other hand, when an individual goes over the data allotment, a $10/1GB charge will be given. When traveling internationally, customers may use their data in over 120 countries at the same rate; however the speed will be reduced to just 256 Kbps. There is an option to make calls to the US for free through Wi-Fi. 


Source: Google

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  1. That's a very interesting thing. I wonder how service looks once all the networks are combined.

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    1. Fi PM says your phone will connect to the strongest signal available, and use the fastest data connection. They do not aggregate across the 3 carriers.

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  2. So if I pay $30/mo plus $200 for a Nexus, all I'd get is 1GB/mo?

    HAHAHAno.

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  3. Better but sprint, tmobile coverage a mediocre for me and no USC coverage in my area. Not much wifi either. However with the addition of USC, it is a lot more attractive for those that can use it. Not crazy about those rates either.

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  4. $20 for unlimited talk and text is roughly the going rate at this time, but there may be a few providers undercutting that mark. $10 per GB that is essentially pay-go again seems around the low-end of the going rates currently, yet there are a few places where it's possible to get cheaper service depending on usage. Personally Fi isn't for me because I don't use $20 of talk and text in a month, and I can get cheaper service to meet my needs elsewhere, but if they added a pay-go type of talk and text option I'd give them a shot.

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  5. This is a very good move by Google, despite being an MVNO! Next move should be opening up compatible devices. There are many ardent Google fan boys and are looking forward to the second step.
    Google has commoditized many services/devices. Given its resources, this commoditization is something Google can do it.

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    1. Don't all the ardent Google fan boys have a compatible Nexus phone already?

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