Project Fi is now invite-free in the US, Nexus 5X available for just $199 with activation

by: Jimmy WestenbergMarch 7, 2016

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Google first introduced its Project Fi service about 10 months ago, and it’s achieved quite the reputation since its launch. It’s easy to use, affordable (depending on how much data you use), and also offers data-only plans if you have a tablet you’d like to add to your account. The problem is, Project Fi has been an invite-only service this whole time. Now, invites for the service aren’t particularly difficult to get a hold of, but the fact that they’re still required seems to label Project Fi as more of a beta service than something that’s ready for the general public.

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With that said, it looks like Google is ready to take the next step forward with Project Fi and eliminate the invite system for good! Now people in the United States can sign up for Google’s service without having to wait in line for an invite.

Perhaps the more exciting news here is a new promotion Google is launching to celebrate the axing of the invites. For the next month, Google is offering up to $150 off the Nexus 5X when you buy the device through Google and activate it on Project Fi. Yes, really — you can get the LG-made Nexus 5X for just $199 if you activate it on Project Fi.

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You’ll need to activate Fi service on your account within 30 days after the device ships, otherwise an additional $150 will be charged to your Google Payments account to make up for the discount. Also, if you happen to purchase a 5X for full price from the Google Store while this offer is valid and activate it on Fi within 30 days, Google will send you a partial refund to match the promotional price. The offer is valid from March 7 to April 7, and there’s a limit of one discounted Nexus 5X per customer.

As far as pricing is concerned, you can either pay for the device upfront or over time. The 16GB Nexus 5X will cost $199, or the 32GB variant will go for $249. If you choose to pay over time, the 16GB model will cost you $8.29 per month for 24 months, and the 32GB version will cost you $10.38 per month for 24 months.

Despite having just 2GB of RAM and not-so-impressive battery life, the Nexus 5X is definitely worth the $199 price point. It runs the latest version of Android, has one of the best cameras available on a smartphone to date, and comes with a super fast Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor on the back. For more details on this offer and to order one for yourself, follow the link below for the details.

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  • Tom Shepley

    i wonder if i can purchase the phone and activate for 1 month then deactivate the line and keep the phone, so essentially the phone would cost $230 (plus taxes and fees)

    • Frankie Bloise

      i came to ask the same question :)

    • Aaron Mullet

      I called Google Fi and asked them and they said yes, that’s fine, as long as you sign up for the first month and try it.
      Just bought my phone, 32GB, came to about $265 with tax and free shipping.

  • Hel Thanatos

    Is it still going to be named project fi or hmm…

  • Daggett Beaver

    More like “if you get project Fi now, we’ll include a booby prize for $199”.

  • Daggett Beaver

    “As far as pricing is concerned, you can either pay for the device upfront or overtime.”

    The pricing should be time-and-a-half for overtime. It’s the law.

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Har har. Fixed. :)

  • Nibbler

    is the fi service good?

  • Kevin Davis

    I’m neutral on the nexus 5x,nice phone,but it needs another GB of ram.on the other hand,I really do like the concept of project Fi.I hope it continues to grow and perhaps expand the number of eligible phones that work with it.

  • GP

    Sometimes i just wish i lived in the us ….

  • Vinod Kalathil

    DO NOT buy this phone. It’s sad that critics are still writing about how great the camera is. And it is – if you can get it to work. The phone works fine for about a month and then it starts lagging and freezing all the time. Especially the camera is so bad. Half the time you get a black screen. Other times the photos just won’t save. The only way to fix is to reboot and by the time your photo opportunity is gone. The message boards are full of complaints and Google has not come out with a solution for an issue reported last November. There is a reason why the price is dropping. This is a lemon. Period!

    • Aaron Mullet

      They are releasing an update right now to fix many of the issues, hopefully including the camera.

  • Karly Johnston

    They must be really desperate to sell that buggy phone at 50% off.

  • VanceVEP72

    A decent midrange phone for $199? We decided to go for it… ordered two 32GB versions for $249 each. I see 4.5 star average reviews for the Nexus 5X most places I look. Considering what else you get for that price, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal to get an unlocked phone that works on all carriers. We use to be flagship phone enthusiasts, but have become less excited about shelling out $600+ for a phone. Coming from two Galaxy S4s, I think we’ll transition just fine to the Nexus 5X. Plus, based on our current data usage, we’ll save about $40/month on Project Fi over Verizon.

    • Aaron Mullet

      I agree. It was either buy this phone, which gets pure Android and high quality standards, or buy a Huawei P8 Lite or Honor 5X for slightly less money. At this price point, it just made sense to me. Bought the 32GB version for about $265 after taxes. Will be a huge upgrade from my last phone!