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

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



1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

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

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

8. Marienx

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

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

14. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 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 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

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

3. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

4. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 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.

11. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

5. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

10 bucks a gig i need 40gigs a month

6. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah...not the plan for you.

7. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

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

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

10. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

12. Elfmonster unregistered

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

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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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