Every month, your cellphone bill comes and somehow still manages to surprise you. No matter what you do, your bill seems to keep growing higher. Whether it's caused by data overage charges, hidden fees or apps you've downloaded, the cost just skyrockets out of control.
That's why you'll be happy to hear that a cheaper option is now available. It's a service called Project Fi by Google that costs only $20 per month, and it's now available to everyone in the U.S., with one small catch.
The plan is only available for those who use newer models of Nexus smartphones - the Nexus 5x, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P, in particular. But, if you use those phone models, or are willing to switch over, the $20 basic service includes unlimited domestic talk, texting and tethering, as well as cellular access in over 120 countries. Another selling feature is that there are no data plans. Users are charged only for the data they use, and the cost is just $10 per GB.
Project Fi has been in the testing phase for the past 10 months, and is hosted by Sprint and T-Mobile's networks. It is designed to switch automatically between the two 4G LTE networks, for uninterrupted service, and can use Wi-Fi for Internet access.
As the name suggests, Wi-Fi is a big feature of this cellular service. A Google spokesperson recently explained, "As you go throughout your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable. Once you're connected, we help secure your data through encryption."
Google is reportedly hoping that Project Fi will attract Apple customers, and convince them to make the switch to this low-cost mobile option.
Would you switch over? Let us know in the comments.