Project Fi Expands Cellular Coverage with U.S. Cellular
Google has announced that its prepaid wireless provider Project Fi is getting a third cellular network partner. Project Fi expands cellular coverage with U.S. Cellular, a regional carrier whose network reaches 23 states. Project Fi already operates on T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s network as well as on WiFi.
Project Fi switches between these networks for providing the strongest possible signal strength for customers at that given time and location. With newly added U.S. Cellular network, Project Fi customers will get better service with more speed and coverage.
Technology that Project Fi uses analyzes speeds from each network and connects users automatically to the fastest network at the location. The carrier says that “Fi users have a connection nearly 99% of the time, and spend about 95% of cellular time on LTE — which will improve even further with the addition of U.S. Cellular.”
Customers will get access to U.S. Cellular networks automatically over the next few weeks.
Project Fi is compatible with only three handsets, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Their service plan with unlimited talk, text and international text is available for $20 per month. Data can be added for $10 per GB per month. Project Fi refunds customers for unused data while for going over data allotment, they are charged $10/1GB rate. Customers can also use their data internationally in more than 120 countries at the same rate but speeds will be reduced to 256 Kbps. They can also call U.S. over WiFi for free.
Unlike Project Fi, which uses three handsets, Republic Wireless has improved its prepaid phone lineup significantly, going from few Moto devices compatible with Sprint network to a number of smartphones that work on a newly added network partner, T-Mobile. They have also introduced new plans for new GSM service and smartphones that start at $15 for unlimited talk, text and WiFi data or $20 for unlimited talk, text, WiFi data and 1GB of cellular data. In fact, all these improvements on Republic Wireless will take place in July 2016.
But unlike Republic Wireless, Google’s Project Fi now has coverage where U.S. Cellular network operates.