Google’s up-and-coming wireless service platform, Project Fi, is expected to gain a sizable boost to its publicity and ubiquity in the coming weeks. The search giant will reportedly expand the availability of Project Fi compatible offerings to officially include support for Samsung, iPhone devices and more, according to a DroidLife report based loosely on a since-removed article from BGR.
Benefits of Project Fi
Project Fi represents Google’s moonshot MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) platform, which combines coverage from T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular to offer customers a new and unique option for wireless service based on a straightforward pricing structure:
Unlimited calls and texts on Project Fi cost just $20 per month, and mobile data costs just $10 per gigabyte (GB). But one of the many things that make Project Fi unique is that customers will only pay $10 per GB for data until they reach 6 GB. After that, any additional data becomes free of charge, though customers should expect to encounter slower 2G/3G speeds if they consume more than 15 GB within a billing period.
Among the current field of Project Fi devices — those which Google has personally deemed “Fi- Ready” — include its own Pixel 3, 3 XL, 2 and 2 XL flagships, LG’s G7 and V35, and Motorola’s G6 and X4 (Android One edition) which are currently for sale directly via Google’s Project Fi store.
While Google’s gearing up to make its big announcement of Project Fi availability on a wider range of devices, including flagships like Apple’s iPhone XS, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and the OnePlus 6, DroidLife notes in its reporting that even though Project-Fi support is coming to more devices, the current slate of “Fi-friendly” phones offered by Google, directly, will always “provide the best overall user experience for subscribers.”
That’s certainly a vague statement, making it even more unclear what Google actually has in store for those wanting to give Project-Fi a test-drive — but we can expect to know more once the search-giant makes its official announcement in the coming days.
In either case, by opening up Project-Fi to some of the latest flagships like Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy and more, Google is sure to benefit since so many previously-alienated consumers will now have the freedom to try and decide whether Project Fi is a good fit for them.