Google launches mobile service.
Project Fi allows Nexus 6 users to buy calling, text, and data directly from Google, using a combination of two mobile networks in the US (T-Mobile and Sprint), along with Wi-Fi to maintain strong reception.
More info at fi.google.com or join the early access program.
“We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it’s Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks,” the company said. Project Fi also supports voice calls and texting over Wi-Fi, lending subscribers more flexibility and how and where they can communicate with their contacts. Google also says it’s using secure tech (there’s a key that shows up in your menu bar) for when you’re using public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Project Fi phone numbers “live in the cloud,” according to Google, enabling you to text and place voice calls from a laptop or tablet without your actual phone nearby. When youare on the phone, Google says calls can seamlessly transition to LTE when you leave a Wi-Fi network.