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On Monday, Google began sending out automatic invites to join Project Fi, the company’s new take on smartphone plans, to Google Store newsletter subscribers.
I received one of these Project Fi invitation emails, which basically sums up what Project Fi is as well as what it offers. The email also states that you can can sign up to use Project Fi by December 30 to gain immediate access to the service, whereas you would typically have to apply to receive an invitation to join Project Fi.
Project Fi is essentially Google’s combination of different networks into one supreme mobile data service. It features access to typical wireless data networks from partnered carriers (Sprint and T-Mobile in the United States) as well as instant, encrypted access to free WiFi networks. Project Fi devices can easily switch between these various networks, which ensures the devices use the strongest signal available.
In addition to the cellular data aspect of Project Fi, the service also supports phone calls and text messaging, both of which can be synced across your different devices. This synchronization allows you to make calls, listen to voicemails, or text on any non-Project Fi device that supports Google Hangouts. This is due to the fact that Hangouts, Google’s convenient calling and messaging platform, is where the calls and texts are stored. Fortunately, mobile devices (Android and iOS) as well as computers (Chrome OS, OS X, and Windows) support Hangouts, so Project Fi calls and texts can be accessed on many devices.