Lawsuit claims that Google MVNO Project Fi charges for Wi-Fi usage

Lawsuit claims that Google MVNO Project Fi charges for Wi-Fi usage
According to a lawsuit filed in San Jose district court in Northern California by Gordon Beecher, Google's Project Fi hybrid MVNO has been charging subscribers for using Wi-Fi. The MVNO allows its subscribers to make calls and consume data using Wi-Fi hotspots. When out of range of these hotspots, subscribers can connect in the U.S. with the Sprint, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular 4G LTE networks. The suit charges Google with unfair business practices, false advertising in violation of California law, and breach of contract.

According to Beecher's complaint, which is seeking certification from the court to become a class action lawsuit, Google is allegedly taking credit for all data that a Project Fi customer uses, even data that travels over Wi-Fi. If true, this would inflate the bills being paid by Project Fi subscribers. Google charges Project Fi members $20 per month for unlimited talk and text, and $10 for each GB of data that the customer expects to use for the month. With the new Bill Protection plan, an individual never pays more than $60 a month for unlimited service. This is a sliding scale, and for an account with 6 people, each person never pays more than $30 a month for unlimited service.

Beecher claims in his complaint that Project Fi overcharged him $200 during his first three months, for data that Google did not provide. Similar complaints have been discovered on the Project Fi support forum, and on Reddit.


You can check out the complaint (via pdf) by clicking on this link.

source: TheRegister

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2 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hmmm, makes sense. Why hasn't Google accounted for this? Any protected router the user has a password to should be exempt.

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Its things like this that lead me not to switch to an MVNO. Xfinity, Project Fi, etc. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is

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