Google adds unlimited data option to Project Fi MVNO at $80/month

Google adds unlimited data option to Project Fi MVNO at $80/month

It's been almost three years since Google first lifted the lid on Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that flits between Wi-Fi and the cellular networks of T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Three. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls "Bill Protection".

For individuals, the way it works is that users pay the same $10 per gigabyte rate for the first 6GB of data used, prorated to the nearest cent.

Bill Protection allows customers to use more than 6 GB without breaking the bank. This is what Google specifically wants to change.

2 people never pay more than $100 ($50 each) for unlimited data ($10/month until 10GB is topped); total monthly bill $120.

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However, there is a small caveat here. Go over 15GB of data a month, and you'll still have a monthly bill that's capped at $80, but Google will slow your data. Compared to other carriers with various tiers of "unlimited" plans, data add-ons, rollover buckets and introductory offers, it's a refreshingly simple setup. The user can either ditch the reduced speeds, paying for each gigabyte as they go, or wait until the next billing cycle for full speeds to return. Google is retaining that quality of Project Fi but it's now trying to offer the best of both worlds with a new feature called Bill Protection.

As with all unlimited data plans, there is a catch. That's a much lower threshold than what the Big Four carriers attach to their unlimited plans. The new feature starts rolling out today. and should appear during your next billing cycle.

On the high end of the spectrum Google says it may slow data speeds if one were to hit 15GB of data in a month. Now, those carriers do mess with your data a little more, most notably by maxing out video quality at 1080p, but the unlimited plans from Verizon or T-Mobile still make sense for heavy data users, especially anyone with a family plan.

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