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Google loves to try new things constantly (something I can more than get on board with). I love when companies try things for the sake of trying even if it fails. This one is far from a failure.
I used to be on a family plan with my parents, in order to save money, but Ms. Blue Ribbon and I were getting sick of the family drama that comes with it. We were on that big RED mobile network provider that likes to verify if you can hear them but if Ms. BR and I were just by ourselves our bill would have been around the neighborhood of $80+ a month. *VOMIT*
Which Carrier To Use?
I looked at other companies, the bright yellow, pinkish one, and even all the no contract ones. Nothing could come close to the $50 a month we were paying my parents for cell phones (I hadn’t heard of republic wireless yet). Then Google decided to throw their hat in the ring with Project Fi (financial independence?).
Project Fi was a no-nonsense program where they charged you a flat low monthly fee of $20 for unlimited talk and text and then you paid per every megabyte you use. Worked for me since I didn’t really use much data and neither did Ms. BR. The icing on the cake was the fact that your phone would bounce off Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks! Whichever was better in the area the phone would automatically use that one.
In order to help you save money, they will automatically connect to open wi-fi and then secure the connection so your data isn’t viewable by any hackers on that wi-fi.
Drawback of Project Fi
I was apprehensive from telling you all about Project Fi since it has a major drawback. You could only use Nexus or Pixel phones on the network (these are phones Google made). While these are great phones, the Pixel is an expensive phone. Not something that someone trying to be budget conscious may want to be spending money on. That is until last week when Google started opening up their phone line. You can now get the Moto X4 which is a more budget conscious phone.
This phone is to replace the old Nexus line which was the phones that were cheaper but by no means low-grade phones. I hope Project Fi goes the route that Republic Wireless went and increases the variety of phones so people have more options.
What I Love About Project Fi
There are so many things they are getting right with this program. I have a simple and clear bill that breaks down exactly what I was charged and why (none of those weird charges you have to call and wait for a representative to explain). They also only charge you for what you use. If you aren’t a hungry data user then you will only pay for the little you use but if there is a month where you need a lot of data then you don’t have to worry about going over your allotment.
I haven’t used this feature but I know any travel hackers will love the international pricing program. The data costs the same for almost every country and the calling prices are very reasonable (plus free texting because seriously who makes a phone call anymore if they can help it).
The icing on the cake is why I am bringing them up to you. Have you ever had to call any carrier to troubleshoot an issue with your phone? It can be hell! You will likely sit on hold for 15 minutes or more, explain who you are, what problem you are having, go through countless troubleshooting processes for them to maybe replace the phone but more likely tell you to call the manufacturer or insurance provider you signed up with when you bought the phone.
My phone decided it was done with me and everything I stood for so it started restarting and didn’t stop until I forced it to shut down. I logged onto my Project Fi account, hit the chat button and 10 minutes later the representative had a new phone ordered and expected to be delivered the next day.
Is Project Fi right for everyone? No, there is no one-size-fits-all to anything but it is definitely an option and one I suggest you take a look at.
If you do have to learn more check out this link. You will get a $20 credit and so will I.
What carrier do you use? Do you like them? How much are you spending for how many people?