In months when you use less than 6GB of data, you only pay for the data you used - and your bill is going to be lower than it would be with an unlimited plan from any other carrier.
Project Fi isn't getting rid of its pay for what you use approach for those who use under 6GB, but merely capping the maximum amount you will be charged each month. It's perhaps fair to say that anyone using 15GB of data per month is likely streaming and prefers higher speeds. This works out great for users that are nearly always near a Wi-Fi network, but not so much if you use plenty of cellular data.
It's been almost three years since Google first lifted the lid on Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that flits between Wi-Fi and the cellular networks of T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Three. Project Fi will now cap your total monthly bill at a certain amount, based on how many people are on your plan.
Google (googl) said it could slow the speed of a customers' downloads if they used more than 15 GB per line per month, unless they paid another $10 per GB over the $80 charge.
Before bill protection, users would pay $20 for 2GB, $45 for 4.5GB, $50 for 5GB, and so on. Also reasonable, you can optionally opt out of slower speeds by paying $10/GB for your individual data usage above 15 GB.
And here's the kicker: with Bill Protection you'll never have to pay for unlimited data in months when you don't actually need it.
Here's how it works: you'll still pay $20 for talk and text and $10/GB for up to 6 GB of data.
Project Fi was a great deal when it was first introduced, minus the fact that the only compatible phone was the Nexus 6.
At $80 per line, the Fi unlimited plan isn't that cheap, but it is more flexible than the competition.
Project Fi charges $20 for unlimited texting and calling in the US, with data costing $10 per GB.
Bill Protection begins rolling out today to all Project Fi customers.