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Month: October 2015

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

Google Project Fi – Testing do you use less data?

My Project Fi testing and review.

I have wanted to test Google’s Project Fi service for a while. 2 things have been stopping me.

  1. I needed to buy a new phone that works with it
  2. I have unlimited data with T-mobile and I use alot of data.

With the a new Nexus 6P about to arrive at my door any day now, my first excuse was gone.

I currently commute 4 hours a day 3-4 days a week right now and I chew thru data like crazy while trying to pass the time or be productive. I hit close to 10GB a month pretty consistently. on Google Fi that will cost me close to $120 a month.   I have unlimited with T-mobile at $70 a month that works out to be $78 out the door.

Why would I ever switch?

  1. I think there is chance that I could use less data on Fi. Fi uses Sprint, T-mobile and WiFi hot spots and data is free over hotspots. and there are alot of hotspots along my commute. including Cablevison that runs its own mobile service over it’s wifi hotspots. as a Cablevision customer i get access to those hotspots as well.
    • Why doesn’t this work today?  it isn’t smart enough without google fi’s system.  EX: If i am on hotspot A and request a website, but since i am moving by the time the website comes back I am on to hotspot B. the webpage data thinks I am still at Hotspot A and can’t route it to me.  Fi’s could brain should be able to figure this all out.
  2. Improved Service coverage.  Since Fi uses 3 different networks at once, coverage should be better than t-mobile alone.  T-mo is pretty good in my area, but there are chunks of my train ride where data coverage drops out for good amounts of time. Not to mention no coverage in any of the tunnels or subways.  I am not sure is Sprint has coverage there either, but i am gonna test it.

 

Risks of going to Google Fi .

  1. They will screw up my google voice number.  I think this risk is low, but that is the number everyone knows and I do business on.
  2. The service will be shut down. It is called “PROJECT” Fi and the word Project doesn’t seem to inspire confidence that the service is a fully developed product that Google is committed to. The big G has a history of shutting down projects on a whim or because of “Insert corporate BS here”.
  3. Monitoring and Privacy – Google already knows more about me than I ever will, what is giving them this too going to change?

 

My Fi sim card will be here shortly. I am not letting go on my t-mo plan yet so I can test them side by side and let you know who comes out on top.