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San Francisco: Google opened its Project Fi mobile phone service to anyone in the United States using its latest model Nexus smartphones.The public launch of Project Fi marked the end of a 10-month, invitation-only test phase and comes as the internet giant’s first foray in being a mobile phone service provider.”We’re excited to be exiting our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that people across the US can now sign up for service without having to wait in-line for an invite,” product manager Simon Arscott said in a blog post.”With Project Fi, we deliver fast wireless service with the flexibility to use it where you want — even internationally — and a monthly bill that’s simple and easy to understand.”Project Fi is only available for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6 smartphones from Google and work with a special SIM card that supports connections to multiple cellular networks.Project Fi enabled smartphones can link to one of two 4G LTE networks or to Wi-Fi, automatically selecting optimal connections and switching from one to another without interrupting service, according to Google.”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,” Google said in a blog post.”Once you’re connected, we help secure your data through encryption.”Basic Project Fi plans cost $20 monthly for unlimited domestic voice calls as well as unlimited domestic and international text messaging. Fi boasts cellular coverage in more than 120 countries.Data service costs $10 per gigabyte, with people only charged for what they use.Google promoted Fi service with discounted prices on Nexus 5X smartphones.The move by Google is seen as a way to lure consumers away from Apple and promote Google-branded Android phones with an a low-cost mobile plan.
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