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Unlimited calls $20/month no contract 4G LTE smartphone plan expanding across U.S.

Unlimited calls $20/month no contract 4G LTE smartphone plan expanding across U.S.
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This is a really great deal we're excited to tell you about. You pay a lot for cellphone service, right? How much? $80 a month? $100? $200?

Whatever it is, it's too much. If you're like us, you're always looking for a way to save money on your cellphone plan.

Try this. You can save a few bucks if you call your cellphone provider and talk them down. And carefully read through your bill every month. If you see any hidden fees, call them and demand they take it off your bill.

But there's an even better way to save a lot of money. It's Google's Project Fi and it's expanding to more locations around the country. It just added U.S. Cellular to its network of carriers, which also includes T-Mobile and Sprint.

For just $20 a month, you get unlimited text and talk. You get unlimited international texts and cell coverage in 120 countries. Plus, you can use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can connect to the Internet from anywhere.

For data, you just add $10 for each GB. For example, if you want unlimited talk and text, a Wi-Fi hotspot, unlimited international texts and 1GB of data, your bill will be $30. For 2G, it'll be $40.

Here's how Project Fi works and why the addition of U.S. Cellular is so significant.

Project Fi is a mobile virtual network operator. That just means Google's using other companies' cellphone towers to connect your calls.

The more partners it has, the more cellphone towers are available to connect you. Google says its Fi customers have connections 99 percent of the time and 4G LTE connections 95 percent of the time.

Here's how Google described the importance of U.S. Cellular in a statement:

"In most areas, multiple cellular networks are available - in fact, the majority of Project Fi usage occurs in areas where more than one of our partners offers LTE coverage. But factors like obstructions from nearby buildings can meaningfully impact the speed and coverage available from each LTE connection. By analyzing speeds from each network, Project Fi is able to predict the fastest network at your location - down to the city block - and automatically connect you. We're constantly adapting to consider how factors like new cell towers and newly available radio frequencies are impacting real-world speeds."

Note: There is one important catch. Right now, Project Fi is only available on Google's phones, specifically Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6.

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