Google Fi Now Available Nationwide
Pay-as-you-go mobile service previously was invite only
March 14, 2016
MOUNTAIN VIEW—Google’s Project Fi, which relies on Wi-Fi with cellular backup from the Sprint and T-Mobile U.S. networks, is now available nationwide as a pay-as-you-go mobile service. Initially it was available by invitation only.
The big wireless carriers are keeping a close eye on Google, and many “breathed a sigh of relief” when the company declined to register as a bidder in the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction. “For now Google appears content to operate as a mobile virtual network operator with a heavy reliance on Wi-Fi,” according to rcrwireless.com.
The network’s “flagship” smartphone is the LG Nexus 5X, a 5.2-inch, Android 6.0 LTE smartphone designed around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 chipset.