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Google's Project Fi goes invite-free, new subscribers get hot deal on the Nexus 5X

Posted: , by Mihai A.

Google's Project Fi goes invite-free, new subscribers get hot deal on the Nexus 5X
Google announced today that potential Project Fi subscribers no longer need an invite to sign up for the Android maker's MVNO.

Announced back in April 2015 and launched this past summer, Google's Project Fi is an MVNO that offers wireless service to subscribers in the US. On Project Fi, smartphones will automatically and seamlessly jump between Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular data, depending on which is faster in any given location at any given moment. For the cellular data, Project Fi piggybacks on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks. Up until today, Project Fi was only available to those who've been able to secure an invite.

Project Fi is only compatible with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P smartphones. If you're currently rocking another smartphone but still want to sign up for Project Fi, Google is currently offering the LG-made Nexus 5X at a promotional price of $199 for Project Fi subscribers. That's down from a regular retail price of $349.

A subscription to the Project Fi costs $20 per month for unlimited talk and text, and then $10 for each GB of data. At the end of the month, Google refunds customers for unused data. 

As an example, if you've signed up for 3GB of monthly data but only use 1GB during a given month, Google will credit your next bill with $20 for the 2GB of data that you haven't used. This is a detail that makes Project Fi very appealing for those with fluctuating data needs.

What do you guys think? Are you tempted to sign up for Google's Project Fi now that you don't need an invite anymore?

source: Google

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posted on 07 Mar 2016, 13:44 3

1. Landon (Posts: 743; Member since: 07 May 2015)

Offer this on more phones and you'll get a lot of people interested.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 14:07

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Been meaning to try it out for a long time now. Might pull the trigger just for the 5X discount.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 18:45

8. Marienx (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

I've tried the phone.... Nah... Feels cheap. I've a Nexus 6p, huge difference.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:01

14. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 229; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)

i was just looking up specs for the 5x and 6p and im with u id go with 6p it supports more bands, so if u dont like google fi then just take the phone else where..buy yea but the specs alone id go with the 6p...tho that price really needs to come the F down..$500 isnt going to attract alot of buyers

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:34

15. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

6P is a huge phone. It's taller than the Nexus 6 (fortunately it's thinner than the Nexus 6), which was a practical joke to hold in the hand. Not to say the 6P isn't a nice phone, but it isn't worth the extra $300, after applying the discount on the 5X.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 14:18

3. redbaronk12 (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

Been on it since last October. It works fine in more populated areas, but coverage in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont has been spotty and frustrating, especially when relying on Waze for navagation and alerts. One added benefit, though, has been great coverage in Canada, even 1.5 hours north west of Montreal.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 15:06 2

4. Acdc1a (Posts: 363; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

You can get a 5X for $219 if you don't keep the service ($199 device, $20 service). That's one heck of a deal.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 21:52

11. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Can I keep the 5X after I cancel the service? Or, must I return the phone? Thanks.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 15:25

5. eman99 (Posts: 393; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

10 bucks a gig i need 40gigs a month

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 16:09

6. Acdc1a (Posts: 363; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

Yeah...not the plan for you.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 16:16

7. artificialintelligence (Posts: 160; Member since: 05 Dec 2015)

Sounds good but is the 4G as good as verizon or at&t?

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 19:22 2

9. Scott93274 (Posts: 5403; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I've been on Fi for a month now, in the city, it's perfect, but out near my work it sucks. but I work in an industrial complex far, far away from any city/town, so it really depends on where you spend the majority of your time. I still love the fact that my latest bill was $26.00 and I was paying $75.00+ before on Verizon.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 19:31

10. JunBringer (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

Finally I can get my 5x in the Ice color 32gb and for super cheap. Thanks phonearena!

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 00:00

12. Elfmonster (unregistered)

I would if I hadn't just got on T-mobile for similar price, and if any phone was avail.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 01:13

13. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

With the way T-Mobile has been investing in their cellular infrastructure lately... Oh yeah, I'm interested. 9+/- months to go on my Verizon contact... Depending on what the 2016 Nexus offerings look like, I may be jumping ship to Project Fi.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 09:36

16. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

I've had reservations about buying this round of Nexus devices. But for $200, I can look past any issues I have with the phone. I'm going to talk to my neighbor, and see how he likes the phone. He bought a 5X shortly after it came out.

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