Google has just announced the two newest members of the Nexus family, the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Not only will these new phones play nicely with all major mobile carriers in the U.S., both phones will also be compatible with Google’s Project Fi network. This makes the 5X and 6P the first phones outside of the Nexus 6 that will work with the company’s own mobile network.
Project Fi uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots to provide inexpensive access to the Internet, as well as cellular networks from Sprint and T-Mobile when Wi-Fi access isn’t available (or if the signal is too weak). The phone will always pick the fastest network available. This service is similar to other mobile services such as FreedomPop, Republic Wireless and Scratch Wireless.
Currently, paying $20 per month will get you unlimited calling and texting with Project Fi, and each additional gigabyte of data will cost you $10 extra. Perhaps the nicest thing about Project Fi, though, is that Google will refund you for the data that you don’t use.
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