With Google’s Project Fi Mobile Service, Users Pay For Only The Data They Use

April 23, 2015  |  

Google has only just debuted its new mobile service, Project Fi, but it is already being praised for offering a la carte service in an industry that relies on high-priced bundles.

Here’s how it works: You are charged $20 a month for unlimited calls, texting, mobile hotspot usage, and international coverage. Additionally, you pay $10 for every gigabyte of data you want to use in a month. But if you don’t use all the data you have purchased, Google refunds you the difference. Yes, refunds it. Currently,  Google is the only wireless carrier to offer such a deal.

Although T-Mobile and AT&T permit users to roll over unused data to the next month, they still must pay the full price for that data even if they use it or not. And if you go over you data plan with AT&T and Verizon you will be charged extra.

Project Fi seems like a great deal all around, but it does have its limits. Right now it’s not available nationwide and it works only on the Nexus 6 phone from Motorola. (This is now more or less a testing phase.)  Ultimately, it will come to Android phones, but that leaves out all of the iPhone users. Though Yahoo Finance editor Andy Swerver thinks, if it takes off and even prompts users to move from iOS to Android, Apple may put pressure on AT&T and Verizon to provide a comparable plan.

And the coverage isn’t great either. “Google is also using Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks to host the data, but Sprint and T-Mobile generally have poorer coverage compared with AT&T and Verizon,” reports Business Insider.

But it will be interesting to see if other carriers follow Google’s cash back move.

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