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Google’s Project Fi holds a special place in my heart. It launched during my first week at TPG, back in April of 2015, and — in my opinion, at least — has motivated other US mobile carriers like AT&T and Verizon to drastically cut the rates of their international data packages.
I now find myself roaming on Verizon more often than swapping in a Google Fi SIM, despite VZ’s 500MB daily cap — since Verizon’s $10/day package includes voice calls and texting with my “regular” phone number, too — but if you’re willing to shift all your business to Google, Project Fi is worth a very serious look, especially if you’re overseas often.
Today, the program just became even more appealing — for power users in particular. Project Fi is now capping monthly data fees at $60, creating an “unlimited” plan of sorts. It isn’t a data free-for-all, unfortunately — speeds drop down to 256kbps once you hit 15 gigs consumed in a month — but you can always opt to resume paying $10 per gigabyte to unlock full LTE speeds.
That $60 cap applies to individual users only, who pay an additional $20 per month for calls and texts. Group plans have data cost caps as well, as outlined below, and these are even more appealing since the 15GB full-speed allowance is applied to each line rather than to the entire account.
The same $10/GB rate applies to international usage as well, with service available in more than 135 countries. That covers most of the world, including usual suspects like Australia and Canada, along with more off-the-beaten-path destinations like San Marino and Papua New Guinea.
Unlike with AT&T and Verizon’s $10/day plans, which include access to your regular voice allowance, calls not placed via Wi-Fi cost 20 cents per minute, though unlimited texts are included at no additional charge. Still, you’ll most often come out far ahead with Project Fi, especially you tend to consume more data than most.
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