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Google Releases Mobile Service in U.S

By piranha

27th April 2015

Google are always looking for new products and services to help them gain customers and now they have announced that they will be releasing a mobile phone network in the U.S.

Rather than building a brand new infrastructure, which would require both time and money, Google will be renting the data from phone firms Sprint and T-Mobile.

These plans were first mentioned in February by Google’s Chief of Android, although very little detail was given.

The project, which has been named ‘Project Fi’, will only be available to Nexus 6 owners initially. If it proves to be a success, Google hopes to make the network available for other handsets at a later date.

A small number of invites will be sent out each week to people who have registered their interest on the Project Fi website. Sim cards will then be sent out to users so that they can start using the Google phone service.

Google want to give customers a superfast connection without high costs. Instead of having to pay a fixed standard rate, customers will only be charged for data which they use and will be reimbursed for any that is left over at the end of the month.

Subscribers will be switched between Sprint and T-Mobile’s 4G service, depending on which has a stronger connection at the time. When these signals aren’t available, Google will transfer the browsing to 2G or 3G.

When these connections are unavailable, Project Fi will try to access a free Wi-Fi hotspot. There are more than a million in the world, which means that you should be able to find a strong connection wherever you are!

Google said on its blog that, “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.”

“Once you’re connected, we help secure your data through encryption. When you’re not on Wi-Fi, we move you between whichever of our partner networks is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places.”

The success of this project will depend on how willing phone users are to switch their provider. Many people are already tied into existing phone contracts which means that Google could struggle in convincing them to use their new service.

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