Over a decade ago AT&T started an innovative new promotion; roll over minutes. The company began allowing customers to keep unused minutes from month to month. Today, most plans come with unlimited cell phone minutes, but mobile data is quickly becoming a constraint. Today, Google has decided to enter the mobile provider market, and is looking to enter the pool with a cannonball.
Project Fi is Google’s new program; for now the program is labeled as “early access”, and only available on Nexus 6 smartphones. To join the program, all that is needed is a special sim card; new and existing Nexus 6 are able to enroll. Rather than build their own infrastructure Google has arranged for customers to use T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks for their service.
What truly sets the new plan aside is the payment structure. Google has decided to completely forgo contracts and data plans. Instead, customers simply prepay at a rate of $10/GB of data. If you use more than this in a month, you are charged at the same rate, but if you use less than the prorated data, you will be refunded based on your unused data. Google is also boasting the ability to send and receive calls and texts through your computer over wifi even if you are away from the phone. Designers tried this trick at a Bulletproof Coffee location with great results, just check it out on facebook.com. Users can opt into Project Fi on this website. Google has stated it will send out several invitations each week.