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Starting today, anyone in the US can sign up for Project Fi – Google’s cellular network – without an invite.
The company announced the change in a blog post today, where it also articulated a few statistics it’s noticed from its early users, including their tendency to travel and that the average Project Fi customer uses 1.6 GB of data per month.
If you’re not familiar, Project Fi is Google’s take on revamping cellular networks and their plans. It breaks the phone plan into a fairly simple price scheme: $20 per month for unlimited talk and text (including international texts), and an additional $10 per every gigabyte of data you use.
Better yet, Google credits you back for any unused data; so if you paid $20 for data but only used 16 GB, you’ll be credited back $4.
The service also brings along some neat features like Wi-Fi calling and the ability to use two LTE radios at once to assure the best data coverage thanks to a special multi-cellular SIM card. You can also receive texts and calls on your tablets and PC via Google Hangouts.
There were two main caveats: you need to have a compatible device (the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6), and you needed to be invited to try it. Thankfully, one of those requirements is now gone.
If you want to sign up now, the company is also offering a Nexus 5X starting at $199 if you buy and activate it through Project Fi. However, there’s no word on whether new customers will also recieve the Project Fi Lego kit.
➤ From “Hi” to Fi to “Goodbye” to invites: 7 things we’ve learned about Project Fi [Android Official Blog]
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