On Wednesday, Google unveiled its wireless service, called Project Fi, and it’s an appealing offer for smartphone users.
Customers will pay $20 a month for talk and text plus $10 a gigabyte of data (you pay for what you use). That makes the plan between $15 and $20 cheaper per month than many competing offers from the major carriers, making the search giant a viable competitor of Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and other service providers.
Google also said it would credit the accounts of customers who don’t use all their data in a given month and default to free Wi-Fi airwaves when available.
Google’s VP of communications products Nick Fox wrote:
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. 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.
But don’t get too excited because it is invitation-only and you need a Google Nexus 6 to use the service.
Sorry, iPhone users!