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mak63
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4/30/2015 | 6:42:14 PM
invite
I registered for the invite, even though I don't own a Nexus.
If I read the article correctly, I might still qualify. We'll see. I'm on the "list" for now.
tzubair
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4/28/2015 | 5:25:30 PM
Re: Google isn't as "altruistic" as they appear...
 

"From what the article says, it already knows the locations of free WiFi spots all over the world and connects to them accordingly. Therefore, they could build this functionality right into Android for ALL Android phones. This would still reduce people's usage of wireless data and would allow us, the consumers, to lower our data plans as we see actual reduction of usage. "

@GAProgrammer: I think it's different to know the locations of all free WiFi hotspots and to actually point out their locations and enable the users to connect with them. The free WiFi hotspot owners may not be too happy on this without their consent and they may require their prior approval before any user is given connectivity.

 
tzubair
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4/28/2015 | 4:59:17 PM
Re: Data ransom
"I would prefer to pay for actual usage and I suspect many others do too. Wi-fi connectivity and safety are my biggest concern with the new service."

@Michelle: I think when you have a back up connection in the form of 3G or LTE and WiFi is just one of the connectivity options, it may not be so bad. You will not be solely dependent on that and connectivity may not be a big issue.
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4/27/2015 | 7:10:39 PM
Re: Beautiful theory, problemtic execution
Interesting. This plan sounds extra beneficial to consumers that are mostly hooked up through their wifi.
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4/27/2015 | 2:44:25 PM
Beautiful theory, problemtic execution
Notwithstanding the already mentioned high priced point of entry, even if consumers have the extra jack to buy a Nexus 6 phone, that still doesn't guarantee being able to use Project Fi since like Grand Central before it was purchased and rebranded as Google Voice, participation is restricted to invitation only.

 

 
GAProgrammer
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4/27/2015 | 11:59:21 AM
Re: Data ransom
Technically, you already can - you have a fixed amount of data then pay for any extra, usually per GB. I am assuming you mean you want LOWER prices for the data when you go over?
GAProgrammer
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4/27/2015 | 11:58:17 AM
Google isn't as "altruistic" as they appear...
Let's be honest - Google could ALREADY release this right now as a free app or integrate it directly into Android. From what the article says, it already knows the locations of free WiFi spots all over the world and connects to them accordingly. Therefore, they could build this functionality right into Android for ALL Android phones. This would still reduce people's usage of wireless data and would allow us, the consumers, to lower our data plans as we see actual reduction of usage. 

Instead, they are getting a piece of the action and selling devices directly to customers, possibly getting a kickback from the service as well. If they were really wanting to "modify" the carrier's behaviors, this is what they would be doing instead. Not to mention, are we now letting Google decide who to punish, what is "fair" and who to control in the global marketplace? Scary stuff..

 
Canamjay
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4/25/2015 | 2:47:26 PM
Re: Data ransom
This article is confusing to say the least....IF the service works (no problem) with 'other' phones, why is the NExus 6 required to open an account? there is no mention of the role a Google Tel # subscription... why can't these semi-technical articles be better written?? one last time... CAN one subscribe to this service without owning/buying a Nexus 6? and does/will a subscribed google # suffice using any other smart phone...  HTC1 for example.
Michelle
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4/24/2015 | 5:16:31 PM
Data ransom
I am curious to see how this plays out. Big carriers have definately discovered a way to convince customers to buy more data now so they don't get hit with overage fees later. I would prefer to pay for actual usage and I suspect many others do too. Wi-fi connectivity and safety are my biggest concern with the new service.
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4/24/2015 | 1:03:10 PM
Re: Yes! Let's Disrupt Wireless
@jastroff: heres' to hoping that too. The only gripe I have is that this technology is limited to Nexus 6. Hopefully that won't be a problem in the future.
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