Google Project Fi rolls out support for US Cellular's network

Google Project Fi rolls out support for US Cellular's network
Project Fi, Google's Mobile Virtual Network Operator, is now also using US Cellular's network to provide service to its users. A couple of weeks ago, Google announced that Project Fi will soon add support for the nation's fifth-largest carrier by subscriber count, and it looks like today's the day.

Up until today, Project Fi relied on Sprint's and T-Mobile's networks to provide cellular coverage to its users. As some may already know, Google's Project Fi MVNO automatically switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to provide the best coverage for its users. The addition of US Cellular as the third supported carrier will expand Project Fi's coverage in the Midwest, a region where most of US Cellular's LTE coverage is to be found.

To be able to use US Cellular's network on Google's MVNO, you'll need to update the app by heading to the Play Store source below. Once the app is up to date, Project Fi will switch between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular to provide the best signal. Aside from adding support for US Cellular, the update also includes undisclosed bug fixes and performance improvements.

Google charges $20 a month (before taxes and fees) for unlimited voice and texting in the US as well as unlimited international texting. Each GB of data is priced at $10, but the interesting thing here is that Google fully reimburses Project Fi subscribers for any unused data. Unfortunately, however, the service is only available on select Google Nexus smartphones, which is a major limitation for the MVNO.

What do you guys think? Will the addition of US Cellular as the third LTE carrier supported by Project Fi improve your overall experience on Google's MVNO?

source: Project Fi

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8 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

My wife is annoyed that when someone sends us a group message, I always receive my message 10 to 20 seconds before she gets hers and she's on at&t. I'm excited for the new provider, I just don't think they have coverage in my area. Maybe if I travel for work it might be relevant to me.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Data is costly.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But it's the plan to have if you intend to do some international traveling. :)

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Fi is a joke for data. When they announce an all-you-can-eat data/talk/text plan, then we can talk. Until then, Fi is garbage.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I suppose if you had no life and streamed youtube videos all day every day then I guess Fi wouldn't be the service provider for you. But for those of us that don't have an unhealthy relationship with their phone then Fi is a legitimate option, offering good coverage and a stellar price and international travel options that NO ONE ELSE provides as part of their basic package.

3. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

nah... we can do better. 4 lines for $100 no taxes and fees and 2GB of data per line.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

T-mobile has that plan lol. Well there's taxes but that's to be expected.

8. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

this is not a carrier to go with if u use alot of data....$30 for unlimited talk/text with 1GB, which is the same plan that metro pcs offers but with Fi u get sprints network as a backup when u hit those dead spots, sprint network might suck for data and lack of LTE but at least ull have talk/text to use when not in a good t-mobile area... im on the t-mobile $40 3GB now if i get FI ill lose 1GB of data ($40 at 2GB) but ill gain access to sprints network to "roam" on when i dont have t-mobile service....i just came back to to t-mobile and thought they wont have their network upgraded like they said but after giving them a year to work on things but still have coverage gaps and i know for sure that sprint has service in all the areas that t-mobile doesnt so based on all that i think its a hell of a deal for most ppl...

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