Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Google's Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

Google's Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

So if one month you max out, and the next you only use 3.5GB, you're bill will reflect the different amounts used and save you some money. They may use 6GB+ a couple months out of the year, but the rest of the time they're using less but still paying the same amount for an unlimited plan.

Thus far, the pricing model has been fairly straightforward: $20 per month for unlimited calls and texts, plus $10 for every gigabyte (GB) of data used. The company says only 1 percent of current Fi users actually use that much, but then that number may go up once you don't have to pay $150 for using that much data.

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.

If you are on a family plan or group plan with your wireless carrier, sometimes you have to ask everyone else on the plan to pay his or her share of the bill.

And here's the kicker: with Bill Protection you'll never have to pay for unlimited data in months when you don't actually need it.

Bill Protection allows customers to use more than 6 GB without breaking the bank. Project Fi also says speeds are reduced once you pass 15GB; that's a bit lower than the threshold for other unlimited plans (AT&T's and Verizon is 22GB, and Sprint's is 23GB).

Project Fi's plans appeal to many people, like me, who need data but don't use a lot of it. If you go over 15 GB, you can always opt to pay $10/GB to get faster speeds again (or, in Google's word, "opt out of slower speeds").

Here's how it works: you'll still pay $20 for talk and text and $10/GB for up to 6 GB of data.

Back in August 2016, T-Mobile announced its unlimited ONE plan, starting a trend that caused all major USA carriers to jump on the unlimited bandwagon.

Project Fi was a great deal when it was first introduced, minus the fact that the only compatible phone was the Nexus 6. The new feature starts rolling out today. and should appear during your next billing cycle.

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