Google Project Fi Expands Coverage and Improves Nexus Devices


Google’s Project Fi has decided to expand its coverage even more. Previously operating with WiFi hotspots and the 4G LTE networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, the company announced over the summer that it will be adding U.S. Cellular coverage to its services. Project Fi claims 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.  Project Fi is an innovative form of wireless service that offers a feature called “WiFi Assistant.” The WiFi Assistant can be turned on and off and helps users get the fastest data speeds possible based on current location and connection. If there is a poor data connection, it looks for a verified and secure WiFi connection to help. Or, if the WiFi connection was slow, it would automatically begin to use cellular data. Currently, Project Fi offers well over a million WiFi hotspots nationwide. Ideally, the transition between cellular data and WiFi is so smooth that you won’t even notice any differences. That is, until the end of the month; when you should see a decrease in your data usage and potentially your bill. This feature used to be exclusive to Project Fi users, but Google is now expanding it to anyone that purchases Nexus device, regardless of what carrier they choose to use it with. Now with WiFi Assistant on all Nexus phones, users of these devices will be able to transfer seamlessly from the normal networks to any of the verified WiFi connections. These hotspots are all free, and they are all confirmed as secure. Nexus phones are the leaders with this technology. Apple offers only half of this feature, as it can use data if the WiFi connection is slow, but it does not have access to all of the hotspots for free WiFi. Project Fi, Google’s own prepaid phone company, operates only using premium Android devices created by Google. Currently, it offers the Nexus 5X and 6P. You can purchase the phones from Google outright or with a payment plan. Google’s unlimited talk and text plans start at $20 a month, with data going for $10 per GB. Perhaps the best feature is not having to pay for unused data. Even if you only had .5 left at the end of the month, you would get $5 back. You can check Google Fi coverage in your area, get more information, or sign up here.]]>

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