Google has signed up US Cellular for Project Fi, an addition which is expected to make a substantial difference to the quality of service offered to customers. For those who don’t know, Project Fi is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that rides on the services of various telecom companies as well as available Wi-Fi hotspots, to deliver optimum coverage to users at affordable prices.
US Cellular is the fifth largest carrier in the US and proffers 4G LTE in 23 states. This covers 99 percent of its subscribers in both urban and rural areas. Project Fi already piggybacks on Sprint and T-Mobile networks. The advantages it has over services provided by other telcos make it a tempting option for potential customers.
Project Fi analyzes multiple cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots available in the area the user happens to be in, to automatically connect him or her to the best possible one. This results in fewer dropped calls and faster network speed. It also allows for voice calls and messaging over Wi-Fi. Connections to public hotspots are secured by Google.
Subscribers can send texts or dial up someone from a tablet or notebook too since their Project Fi number exists in the cloud. The basic plan inclusive of voice, text, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage, is $20 monthly. Add in $10 per GB of data and you’re good to go. The cost of unused data is credited back to your account each month.
US Cellular coverage will be reaching all subscribers very soon, says the official Android blog. The only downside is that Project Fi is only available for Google’s Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 smartphones. Read the FAQs by heading over to this page.