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KY-FI: Using Project Fi in the Bluegrass
This is the first of a multipart series about the use of Google's new Network of Networks in the wilds of Kentucky. Project Fi looks to be a homerun in big cities, where Sprint and TMobile have solid coverage. Tom will find out how well it works in a more rural setting, and whether carting around the massive Nexus 6 is a reasonable compromise for $20/month unlimited talk and text.
By Tom Waggener
I come from a long line of men who hate the phone company and suspect that any and all charges incurred by phone usage are some manner of theft. The cellular age has been no different, and I have continally searched for the least offensive phone company available. Least offensive being cheapest, while allowing the most freedom, and occasionally listening as I get irate with customer service about a problem I clearly created.
For the last 2 years, I have been on Ting, an MVNO that uses Sprint and AT&T towers, and it has been good for the most part. My biggest problem with Ting is that it is really not for heavy users of any sort, and I talk on the phone a lot. This has lead to an anxious frugality towards phone use, with me constantly chasing the best way to route calls via Google Hangouts and/or Google Voice, and frequently overthinking my cell phone usage while travelling.
Googles Project Fi on paper sounds perfect for a phone-company-hater like myself. It primarily relies on a traditionally non-phone-related network: wifi (thus the "Fi"). Google's new "network of networks" defaults to wifi for everything whenever possible, which is great for them because wifi calls and data cost them nada. When not on wifi, or when leaving wifi, it "seamlessly" hands off to either T-Mobile or Sprint towers to maintain the call/Facebooks/Words with Friends. I use literal air quotes because the "seamless" seems like a stretch. I will be fervently testing this technology in my blog/long term review.
If this is your first introduction to Google's Fi, here are a few things you need to know, some of which I already said:
Next: KY-FI: No Project Fi day 1
This story was posted on 2015-08-16 09:18:28
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