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Google announced FI Cellphone service. $20/month for worldwide service. Tethering is included. Nexus 6 only for now.

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Last Edited by mlacey3 April 22, 2015 at 12:18 PM
Just announced. Google FI.

$20 worldwide service. They use both Sprint and T-Mobile as their carrier. Data is $10 per GB. The key thing is Google will refund the price for any unused data. So it really is only pay for what you use.

http://fi.google.com/about/plan/

"For $20 a month users get talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries. They pay a flat $10 per gigabit GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, customers get credit for the full value of their unused data. So if a user goes with 3GB for $30 and only uses 1.4GB one month they get $16 back"

http://venturebeat.com/2015/04/22...ata-rates/
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Last Edited by Ratamacue June 5, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Minimum monthly plan
$20 (Fi Basics) + $10 (1GB data) = $30 + taxes & fees (10% to 20%)
$10 per additional GB of data.

Example, 5GB data plan is $20+ $10x5 = $70 + taxes & fees.
  • Unlimited domestic talk and text
  • Unlimited international texts
  • Low-cost international calls (more expensive than Google Hangout rates)
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • Coverage in 120+ countries (data speed is limited to 256kbps/3G)
Pros
  • Effectively a pay as go you data plan at $0.01 per MB ($10 per GB) unlike fixed bucket data plan with "use or lose" or data overage penalties. competitive compare to other pay-as-you-go data plan. Majority of other pay-as-you-go plans are $0.066 ~ $0.10+ per MB.
    http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2...plans.html
  • Uses both Sprint and T-mobile network (more coverage than just T-mobile or Sprint MVNO)
  • Unlimited international texts, coverage in over 120 countries
  • Free Data Roaming in 120+ countries at same $0.01MB rate ($10 per GB) but international speeds capped at 256kbps/3G (better than T-mobile Simple Choice which limited to 128 kbps/2G but Tmobile has unlimited international 2G)
  • Explicitly allows data tethering for no extra fee
  • include Wifi-calling using your phone number. Meaning send/receive calls to your phone number whenever you are connected to internet
  • automatically switch to use VPN when connect using open Wi-Fi (protect your connection when using open Wifi)
Cons
  • privacy issues (if you care about it, which you should): Google gets to track all your phone calls, text messages, data usage, etc etc. Note: most likely AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Tmobile already doing this.
  • Not the cheapest base plan (Ultra Mobile $19 all in unlimited talk & international text, Ringplus $20 all in unlimited text & talk)
  • Noncompetitive $0.01 per MB data rate compare to fixed bucket data plan with "use or lose" and if you able to use most data in the bucket (or use a lot of data), no free unlimited 2G throttling after overage (unlike T-Mobile, Straighttalk, Cricket, MetroPCS, Ultra Mobile, Platinumtel)
  • International Data roaming is pay as you go and not unlimited like T-Mobile Simple Choice plans
  • Need to buy Nexus 6 phone
  • This will be an MVNO (Sprint/T-mobile network), likely get lower data priority (2nd or 3rd tiered QoS). Also most likely not going to roam on AT&T network unlike T-mobile Simple Choice which include roaming.
  • Not unlimited data compare to T-mobile or T-mobile MVNO (slower but unlimited 2G speed throttle after 4G allowance is reached)
  • Does not include 10% - 20% taxes/ fees (meaning need to pay extra in additional to $20 + $10/GB) compare to prepaid competition pricing (Cricket, MetroPCS, Straighttalk, Lycamobile, Ultra Mobile, H2O, Tmobile prepaid)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
http://fi.google.com/about/faq/
  • How do I get money back for unused data? Where does it go?
    The value of your unused data is applied as a credit toward your next month's bill. For example, if your data budget is 3GB and you use 2.2GB, you'll get $8 (for 800MB of unused data) to use next month to lower your bill.
  • What happens if I go over my data budget?
    Project Fi will first alert you if you're getting close to your data budget. If you go over, you'll still get full-speed data and data is charged at the same $10 per GB rate. For example, if you go over your data budget by 350MB, $3.50 will be added to your next bill.
  • How much are monthly taxes going to cost?
    Taxes and government surcharges vary per state, but are normally between 10-20%. For example, if your monthly bill is $40, the taxes on your statement could be between $4-8.
  • Which 120+ countries will I get international data without roaming fees?
    If you travel to 120+ countries, data usage will cost the same $10 per GB as in the US. Note: data speeds are limited to 256kbps (3G). Please check our international rates for information on specific countries.
    http://fi.google.com/about/rates/
  • Can I call and text to another country while I'm traveling?
    Yes, if you're traveling to one of the 120+ countries where we have coverage you can call and text to anywhere in the world. Unlimited international texts are included in your plan. If you're using cell coverage, calls cost 20c per minute. If you're calling over Wi-Fi, per-minute costs vary based on which country you're calling and you're charged only for outbound calls. Please check our international rates for more information.
    http://fi.google.com/about/rates/
  • How do I make calls over Wi-Fi?
    If you're using your Nexus 6, just make a call like you normally would using the phone dialer. If you're not using your Nexus 6 and you've opted-in to use your number to talk and text on other devices, you can make calls over Wi-Fi using your number through Google Hangouts.
Pay one rate for data around the world

In 120+ countries, data usage costs the same $10 per GB as it does in the US, but the speed is limited to 256kbps/3G.


Just to compare with one of the best BYOD GSM Providers (Cricket wireless that runs on ATT)
$35 a month with autopay for a sigle line, group line discount down to $20 each if you buy 5
NO need for a NX6 to use, cheap $200 GSM G2 will be good or G3's will get cheap or samsungs for a similar price point
unlimited T&T + 2.5gb Data
HSPA+ 8mbps DL
Better cell network coverage in the US - not for global usage

Nexux 6 deal
The Nexus 6 can be purchased for about $144 (plus tax and 2 weeks of AT&T service) from the Citi AT&T credit card promotion.

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Seems pretty good...
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#4
heard it on the radio this morning.
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$10 per GB....?????????? Geeesh

Pass.
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Do they track you and serve you ads?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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Last edited by doboy007 April 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM
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Thanks for the heads up!
And for anyone who things 10$/GB is a bad deal, it's essentially exactly the same price as ST, but better if you use less data than you paid for. Heck, it's better if you use more, i'd LOVE to quickly adjust it if I suddenly blew my data cap halfway through the month and didn't want to be hamstrung for the rest of it.
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Seems pretty good...
Bring your own phone? Android only?
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Bring your own phone? Android only?
Nexus 6 only, OP should definitely put that in the title.
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only for nexus 6 right now...hopefully they ramp that to other devices quickly
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Do they track you and serve you ads?
Knowing Google, you can pretty much count on it.
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#12
I prefer the $30 5GB/unlimited with 100 minutes T-Mobile plan. Using google voice to talk on Wi-Fi/LTE ameliorates the situation of minutes. Great VoIP quality using google voice. Best part? NO taxes! $30 is $30.

This plan? The data is quite damn expensive with a base price of $20. For 1 GB of data, it's $30 PLUS taxes+fees.

Edit: Also, do realize that this will be an MVNO, thus you'll be getting 2nd or 3rd tiered QoS.
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Last edited by InEvX April 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM
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Sprint and T-Mobile, that knocks me out... Around here, if it's not Verizon or AT&T you can forget getting a signal.
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#14
You need Nexus 6 Smartphone to work on their networks
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#15
So $20 base plus $10 per GB.

That $10 per GB is going to add up fast.
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