Project Fi invites are on their way, and they reveal a lot about how Google’s new wireless service will work.
If you don’t bring in your existing number to Project Fi you can choose another. However, your former number then goes back into the Google Voice pool. So choose wisely.
Additionally, if you port in your current Google Voice number you lose some signature features, like the ability to make calls and send and receive text messages through the Voice app or website.
The rest of the process involves choosing your data plan, which is rather straightforward. It starts at $20 monthly for unlimited calls and texts, plus $10 per GB for data. So 6GB a month will cost you a total of $80. Project Fi phones (currently on the Nexus 6 is the only choice) hop between T-Mobile, Sprint, and public Wi-Fi networks for coverage.
Another perk is that you’re rebated for any unused cellular data. There’s also no overage charge; you just pay the usual cost of the higher-tiered plan. There are, however, no family plans available.
The story behind the story: Google’s Project Fi is the company’s effort to shake up the wireless industry. It had some success with this model through Google Fiber, as companies like AT&T and Comcast have started to offer faster Internet speeds that match the “Gigabit” service from the Internet giant. If more consumer-friendly plans or network-switching capabilities go mainstream, Google will already have made a positive impact on the wireless industry.