Google Fi is a new project from the search giant and it’s basically an MVNO. In layman terms, this is basically a mobile virtual network operator. The idea is that this is an entity which offers you wireless service. The cool thing about Google Fi is that since it’s basically a phone carrier, it brings you mobile data service on all the major mobile networks in the US.
The phone can switch between those networks and you can also use Wi-Fi to make calls and also send texts as fast as possible. What makes Google Fi nice is that it has a true focus on a simpler billing system, and that’s always extremely important to have. The trick with it is that you are paying $20 every month so you can get unlimited texting and talking, and there’s also a flat rate of $10 for every GB of data you use. If you use more than 6GB, you will have an unlimited plan tier and that will help you save a lot of money.
What’s nice is that you never have to focus on buying an unlimited plan. You just get the regular plan, pay based on how much data you use and you are good to go. Google Fi does an amazing job at helping you scale up the service only when you need it. And in order to protect yourself from too many extra charges, they decided to create a very powerful and distinct system that actually helps you get all the value and support you may need.
If you want you can also go with a Group Plan that allows you to share a single account and billing source for up to 6 people. This is a very interesting option just because it helps you spend less. However, there can be data limitations for every user, and that’s always a nice thing to have.
How does it work?
Google Fi uses a special SIM card that will authenticate you on the carrier. And then it will switch between the carriers on the fly. Aside from that, Google Fi will also try to use Wi-Fi whenever it can. You will notice that as you move in the city, the phone will have a Wi-Fi assistant tool that will be constantly looking for new networks that you can use. This is quite an interesting approach and one that has the potential to bring you rewarding results in the long run.
Lastly, the great thing about Google Fi is that whenever you are connected to a Wi-Fi source, they will route you via a VPN for your personal safety. You won’t have to worry about any changes or doing anything. It’s just Google doing its best to keep you safe and protected no matter what happens. So yes, Google Fi uses a very interesting and downright revolutionary system that has the potential to change the way we think about networking. Is it the gamechanger? That’s hard to say, but a lot of people do expect that from it. Whether it will indeed happen or not, we will just have to wait and see.