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Google?s Project Fi Now Open to Public, Ditches Invite-Only System

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Google Fi ditches invite-only system and is now available to the public. Photo from Flickr by Robert Scoble at https://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/4249731778

People living in the United States can now avail of Google?s mobile network, Project Fi, as it has already waived its invite-only system, beginning Monday.

Alphabet?s wireless service that was launched on April allows clients to pay only for the Internet data they consumed instead of a bulk plan. The service is also equipped with features that are helpful to individuals including a Wi-Fi assistant, which helps the device connect when Wi-Fi is detected; a data tracker that monitors how much data have been consumed; SIM cards to make the service data plan available on other devices including tablets; round the clock customer service; and capability to use the service overseas at the same price.

?We launched Project Fi as an invitation-only Early Access program to make sure we could deliver the best quality of service to our first customers,? Simon Arscott, product manager of Project Fi, wrote in a blog post. ?Today, we?re excited to be exiting our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that people across the U.S. can now sign up for service without having to wait in-line for an invite.?

Google?s Project Fi is only compatible with Nexus devices as of now, including the Nexus 6, 6P and 5X. It also needs a special SIM card to support multiple cellular networks connection. It further revealed that the mobile phone service can connect to one of two 4G LTE networks or to Wi-Fi, automatically choosing the best connection and switch to another service without experiencing any interruptions, according to Google as cited by IBN Live.

Project Fi charges a monthly subscription rate of $20 for unlimited domestic calls and unlimited domestic and international text messaging. The company reveals that its coverage is available in over 100 nations.

Google, on the other hand, has slashed Nexus 5X?s market value to $199 to attract more people to avail of Project Fi. Moreover, Fortune reports that the company is also teaming up with Sprint and T-Mobile to cater dual coverage, swapping from the carrier to Project Fi, or vice versa, whichever offers the best coverage as of the moment.

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