In a new Google announcement about its new wireless service, Project Fi, the company plans to integrate both wireless and data services with your phone. How do you get it?
— Alex Lopez (@alex_lopezt) April 22, 2015
Well, for now, the service is only available by invite, as reports Google. Current, Project Fi is in an Early-Access phase which is only available to Nexus 6 users. For now, it’s the only phone with the appropriate hardware and software capabilities to handle Google’s new wireless service and its components.
While partnered with T-Mobile and Sprint, Google proposes that Project Fi will help customers get the “highest quality connection” at any given time. In case you’re not quite keen on what the Google service actually does, it switches your phone between data connections and wireless connections, seamlessly — so that you’d always have the best connection, as aforementioned. As in, you would not have to manually do so yourself because the service would do it for you.
Essentially, and according to Google’s Project Fi, there would never be a case when your internet connection — or phone call or text — would be slow or “dragging.” About the wireless service, Google states as follows.
“As mobile devices continually improve how you connect to people and information, it’s important that wireless connectivity and communication keep pace and be fast everywhere, easy to use, and accessible to everyone.
Project Fi aims to put you on the best network wherever you go. As you move around, the best network for you might be a Wi-Fi hotspot or a specific 4G LTE network. 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. As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we’ve verified as fast and reliable.
Project Fi works to get technology out of the way so you can communicate through whichever network type and device you’re using. Wherever you’re connected to Wi-Fi—whether that’s at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave—you can talk and text like you normally do.”
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— CerTified Gentlman• (@khaphoor) April 22, 2015
Right now, there are services that allow users to make Wi-Fi calls from their numbers as well, yes. However, it’s not the same as Project Fi from Google. As an elaboration, Google continues its statement.
“If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat. We also want to help phone numbers adapt to a multi-screen world. With Project Fi, your phone number lives in the cloud, so you can talk and text with your number on just about any phone, tablet, or laptop. So the next time you misplace your phone, you can stay connected using another screen.”
Though “fast and reliable” and a cloud-applied number are great, is Google‘s wireless service safe? Be it that these are open Wi-Fi spots, would they be internally secured and different from a user connecting to “free wifi” at McDonald’s or similar places?
What are your thoughts about Google’s Project Fi? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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