As you will have previously read I somewhat recently converted from iOS to Android. I am still enjoying the switch but I have yet again upgraded! I purchased a Pixel XL a few months ago and also dropped my Verizon wireless data plan to usher in a new cellular provider in the form of Google’s Project-Fi service! So far, I am extremely impressed with both the new Pixel XL device and Project Fi’s service. I’ll focus more on Project Fi in this update but most likely won’t be able to avoid dropping some love on the Pixel devices!
Project Fi is simple
The biggest standout feature of Project Fi is it’s reliable service at an affordable price with no long term commitment. I did not have to sign a contract! Woohoo! Project Fi has simplified pricing and billing by giving you two categories unlimited talk/text at 20 dollars a month and data at 10 dollars per gigabyte used. The amazing thing about this pricing is there are no overage fees. You just pay for exactly what you use in terms of data. So if I pay for 2 GB of data and use 2.3 GB instead my next bill will have an extra 3 dollar charge for the .3 GB, which if you are a mathematician you can tell that they charge me for specifically what I used with no penalties! Surprisingly if I were to use 1.5 GB on this plan I would see a discount of 5 dollars on my next bill. Incredible!
it’s easy to switch
Their pricing is unbeatable if you can manage your data, but many of my associates and friends are afraid to switch because they aren’t “tech savvy”. As I pointed out in my last post switching devices and operating systems wasn’t too bad and I feel confident regular end users could handle the transfer well! However, switching Service providers is even easier. I used Project Fi’s website to sign up preemptively for their service and was shipped my sim at no cost. During the sign up process you will need to know some basics about your current plan if you would like to port you number to Project Fi. I waited about a month to put my new sim card in while my Verizon contract died a slow death! Once I popped my phones sim card tray open and replaced the Verizon sim card with my new fancy Project Fi sim card, my service started. It took a few hours to port my phone number over but my data was activated immediately.
text from your computer
The nicest feature of Project Fi for me personally is that I can use the hangouts app to receive and send SMS. This allows you to then send texts from any web browser using hangouts either through hangouts site or through gmail! It is great to not pick my phone up while I am in the middle of building servers or sites to see my texts and shoot a quick reply. It also makes little things, which everyone loves the little things, easier like copy and pasting links from emails. I can even text photos via my browser that I took with my phone since its synced to google photos. I would actually pay extra for this Project Fi feature! However, I am paying much less!
Overall, I am over the moon with the results of my Project Fi foray. My bill has been slashed from 100 dollars a month to an affordable 34 dollars (average depending on my data usage) a month! I encourage anyone and everyone to do some research into Project Fi and what they can offer you. Also I promise to post more. I have some past due projects and revelations that have been collecting dust while waiting to be shown to the world!