As rumored for months, Google has just announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service.
Here’s what we know so far:
- It’s called “Project Fi”
- It’s for Nexus 6 owners only, at first.
- It’s invite only right now. You can sign up for an invite here.
- It’s built on top of Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks
- No contracts
- Subscribers pay $20 for unlimited talk/text, and then pay $10 per gig of data. So a 3GB plan would be $30 on top of that $20, coming out to a total of $50.
- You only pay for what you use, but in sort of a strange way: if you pay for 3GB of data per month ($30) but only use 1.5GB, you’ll get $15 back at the end of the month.
- It’s all tied into Google Hangouts, which will allow you to place calls from your number on any Hangouts-enabled tablet or laptop in addition to your phone.
- WiFi Tethering is included.
- This is what their US Coverage map currently looks like (Montana gets basically no love):