Google has its own wireless service called Project Fi. Gabby and I signed up about two years ago, and we’re both very happy with it. I think Project Fi can save a lot of people money and improve their cell phone service, so I want to tell others about it.
I also want to take advantage of a referral promotion Google just started. If you sign up for Project Fi after clicking this link, you will get a $20 discount and I will get a $20 discount. That would be a nice boost to our new frugal lifestyle.
Here’s why you should consider Project Fi:
- It’s cheap. Gabby and I average $40-50 each month for our combined cell phone service (not including device payments). Unlimited text and voice is $20/month for one person and $15/month for each additional person. Data is $10 per gigabyte; if you use less, you get a credit. As long as you don’t use more than 1 or 2 gigabytes of mobile data each month, it’s very affordable.
- It’s a prepaid month-to-month service with no contracts. That means you can try it for one month and cancel if you want. Or switch to another carrier at any time. It’s flexible and doesn’t lock you in.
- It has great cell coverage. Project Fi uses three networks: T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. The phone uses whichever has the strongest signal. I’ve never had an issue with reception.
- It’s great for traveling. Project Fi works and costs the same in hundreds of countries. When my wife and I took a trip to Paris and Geneva last year, we didn’t have to think about our phones at all. We used them like normal and it didn’t cost extra.
- It’s simple and easy to set up and use. There’s a handy app that handles everything you need account-wise.
Sounds great, right? But there’s one major caveat: Project Fi only works with select phones (because they have to support that network-switching). They are all, of course, Android phones—no iPhones.
These are the phones that work with Project Fi (with links to YouTube reviews):
Those are all great Android phones. You can get the first three on installment plans with Project Fi (you can get the Nexus phones second-hand), and you can probably trade in whatever your current phone is (including iPhones) towards one.
So there you have it. If you aren’t in a committed relationship with an Apple or Samsung phone, I think Project Fi is the best service out there. You should check it out; it could save you money and improve your service.
And it could save me money, too. If you use this link.