Since its debut Project Fi users jump between two networks: Sprint and T-Mobile. Although the Un-carrier is known for one of the best coverage, there are areas where the carrier’s signal is weak. And what if neither of carrier’s coverage is satisfactory? From now one Project Fi users won’t have such a dilemma any more as US Cellular has just joined the project. Google claims that the new partnership will give its customers better coverage and raise the chance of staying on ultra-fast LTE data.
Project Fi gets a additional coverage boost thanks to Google’s partnership with the US fifth major carrier. The US Cellular signal will reach your phone in coming weeks.
Project Fi is Google’s wireless service that allows its users to switch between partner carriers and Wi-Fi networks. The process of hoping from network to network is automatic and Project Fi connects your phone with the strongest signal in your area. In practice is means that the project’s subscribers always take advantage of the fastest available network. According to Google the Project Fi users stay connected for 99% of the time of which for 95% they enjoy the speedy 4G connectivity.
Google claims that thanks to their co-operation with US Cellular the figures concerning coverage may improve even more. US Cellular is one of the top carrier’s nationwide with 99% of its subscribers staying on LTE connectivity. It offers its services in 23 states and is known from good coverage in both urban and rural areas. This new coverage will spread gradually, so you should see the carrier’s signal reaching your phone in the coming weeks. If you don’t have it already, just give it some time.
Project Fi assumption is to give its users high-quality cellular services without charging from them money for the unused data. Project Fi plans offers unlimited calling and texting for $20, while data allotment is divided into 1GB chunks each costing you additional $10. In case you didn’t manage to use your data it will be transferred to the next month, but the chunk is credited at the same rate. Although the deal offered by Project Fi seems to be pretty lucrative, it has one serious flaw – it is reserved only to Nexus phones. Among the supported devices we can find Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Plus data-only plans are also accessible for Nexus 7 and 9 and several other non-Nexus tablets like for instance Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Although Project Fi is something of an experiment, it gains on popularity pretty fast. The past few month have been big for the service as Google not only enhance the Fi coverage but also released a special deal that may help the company to popularize its product even more. Since Project Fi services applies only to Nexus devices, Google started to sell the Nexus 5X for just $199 giving its new subscribers good reason to switch.
source: Android Official Blog