Project Fi: Google's Own Phone Network is Here – But We May Never See it in the UK

By Mario Aguilar on at

Google’s Project FI is the company’s long-rumoured wireless carrier service for mobile devices. But far from a traditional plan, Google’s might be the most flexible out there—while also saving you a bundle of money.

Unlike Google’s other public infrastructure program being rolled out across the US, Google Fiber for which the company is actually putting fibres in the ground, Google isn’t actually building out a network of cell towers for Project Fi. Instead, it’s piggybacking on network carriers Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks (this is also how BT provides similar MVNO services in the UK, using EE's existing infrastructure.) Project Fi will dynamically switch between networks depending which of those is offering the best service in your area. The plan offers 4G/LTE coverage, and wireless tethering, and Wi-Fi calling all included.

The new costs $20 (£13.33) for starters, which gets you talk, text, and wireless tethering. Then it costs $10 (£6.67) per GB of data. So if like me, you’ve got 3GB per month, then you would pay $50 (£33.32) per month. The kicker is that if you don’t use all the data you pay for you’ll get paid back for what you don’t use. We've bracketed GBP prices next to the US prices as an indication – this isn't coming to the UK any time soon, if ever.

Google’s currently in an invitation only phase of the program. Google implies reliability, but I also don’t know how much more control over every aspect I want to give Google.