by ANDRE RAYGOZA
Google said on Wednesday it was launching its own US mobile wireless service, with considerable potential savings for customers using their devices at home and for international travel. The service is called Project Fi, is only available by invention for now, and only for the Google Nexus 6 smartphones. The service will use wi-fi hotspots along with the US mobile networks of Sprint and T-Mobile and also may be used in 120 countries without roaming charges.
It will be offered at a monthly cost of $20 for basic services plus $10 per month for each gigabyte of data used. Customers will only pay for the data they use, unlike some carriers which offer packages. Said by a Google blog,
“Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what is possible.” “By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate.”
Google said the connections will be encrypted and the phone number “lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet, laptop.”
For global travel, Project Fi will enable low-cost calling in many countries, and data access at 3G speeds without additional charges. The new service could give a boost to the Nexus handset line from Motorola, which was sold by Google last year to Lenovo, and eventually to other phones powered by Google Android operating system.