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Google's Project Fi: Disrupting Wireless As We Know It
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SunitaT0
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4/24/2015 | 1:01:39 PM
Re: It'll be interesting to see how carriers respond
The best thing about this service is that Google gives you back the amount of money for the data that you did not use. I think connectivity aside, this is the best strength of the system.
SunitaT0
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4/24/2015 | 12:55:57 PM
Re: Wifi isn't all the prevalent
@DDURBIN1: You can say that again. Most public WIFI aren't good enough for uploading/downloading but if you talk about IOT though, it makes a lot of sense to use wifi zones because IOT data packets can be transmitted fast and securely.
DDURBIN1
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4/24/2015 | 10:27:43 AM
Re: Wifi isn't all the prevalent
You can say that again.  If you want to stream content over public WiFi  go luck.  Most spots are only suited for catching up on your email.  I've never been to a McDonald's or other such free retail WiFi spot that perfomed correctly, never.
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4/24/2015 | 10:06:04 AM
Re: It'll be interesting to see how carriers respond

As long as Google Fi is using the carries' services, it won't be that competitive.  Sprint and T-Mobile will not be giving the milk away for free.  The best part of Fi service is the phone's ability to use Sprint, T-Mobile, or WiFi networks.  But using problematic networks to begin with won't impress prospects.  Using three bad eggs doesn't make the omelet any better. Now if Google had contracted with both Verizon and AT&T instead of or in addition to Sprint and T-Mobile, this would be interesting.

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4/24/2015 | 9:45:55 AM
Not that disrupting
It requires a Nexus 6 phone and no others, so you'l need to purchase same (32GB is $700).  The "free" WiFi spots are available to any and all WiFi capable devices not just Fi services or a Nexus 6.  The lowest data plan is 3GB not 1gb or 2gb.  It's basicly a Sprint/T-Mobile repackaged plan at $50 per month.  The best thing about it is its month to month with no contract.  How will other carries respond?  Well Spint and T-Mobile already get a cut of the pie since its their networks in play.  Not much different than Virgin Mobile or Cricket Wireless reselling other carries' services, just add Google to this list.  I expect this offering to do no better than one of these resellers as both Sprint and T-Mibile networks don't compare to Verizon and AT&T even if the phone can use either.  The only hope here is that Google helps Sprint and T-Moble better build out their infrastructure to better complete.  Until then, I'll keep my grand fathered unlimited data plan with Verizon.
Gary_EL
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4/24/2015 | 12:07:27 AM
Wifi isn't all the prevalent
I live in a major city, and I often use a tablet. I can tell you that unless I'm in a mall or a coffeshop, there isn't all that much wifi around - especiallty wifi that doesn't require a password. There is, however, a bit more wifi around that has has passwords that a merchant will gladly give a customer, that a device remembers and automatically uses the next time you're in the area. I wonder if Fi "remembers" these types of passwords, and can switch automatically and seemlessly into those services?
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4/23/2015 | 3:43:14 PM
This can work as it exists today
When I travel internationally, I save money on nonurgent phone calls or multimedia texting by using an instant messaging app on free wifi at coffee shops, stores, etc., its akin to finding a public phone to make a call, as you have to stay within the wifi zone for the duration of the call.  This obviates having to subscribe to an international plan, or getting a local SIM card.   You have to have a messenger app between parties, and on Android that universal app would be hangouts as it uses either wifi or LTE as its transport layer.   However, switching betwen Wifi and LTE as needed, is a manual procedure today.   Using Wifi to make calls and texts has treatened the cellular model for some time, and they responded early by using a fixed fee for unlimited domestic calls and SMS [ as low as $20 on some consolidators like ChitChat Mobile], but subject multimedia on MMS to dataplan quotas.  So pretty much all the pieces are there and are known to work, Google just needs to integrate it to make it seemless. 
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4/23/2015 | 3:35:50 PM
Yes! Let's Disrupt Wireless
Here's hoping this isn't another Google Glass...and this one works

Bringing down costs and making connectivity easier are two things that should get the attention of current carriers who have been enjoying a kind of monopoly and overcharging customers for years. 

>> In other words, the carriers have figured out how to get consumers to overpay for wireless service.

A good way to sum it all up:

>> Google wants to see the wireless industry change. It wants to see people connect to and use networks more seamlessly, use a variety of devices and platforms for base communication needs (calls and messaging), and, eventually, pay less for the wireless communication services they use.

My current "cableco" offers a $9.99 wi-fi phone/service using their cable wi-fi signal. If you subscribe to their Internet services, you can get their (and others) wi-fi on the road. But, the phone only works on wi-fi and not on the cellular network. The user also has to buy the special phone. This is not a disruptive offering, nor an offering to expand usage. It is an offering to make more money for the cable company while giving limited services to the user.
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4/23/2015 | 3:34:46 PM
Republic Wireless
Its has already been done. It is a great service available to anyone and it is called Republic Wireless. Check it out. 

 
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4/23/2015 | 3:05:04 PM
Project Fi, quality of voice reception
Will Project Fi feature HD audio or some equivilent? For those of us, hard of hearing  with clarity problems this would be  godsend. The major carriers keep stalling on this, mainly I suppose because of cost.  
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