July 12, 2016
Google’s Project Fi is teaming up with U.K. cell carrier Three to bolster international data speeds for travelers.
Google’s partnership with Three will give all Project Fi subscribers access to high speed data in more than 135 destinations as well as speeds that are 10 to 20 times faster than before. And that comes with no extra fees for using data internationally. The cost remains $10/GB.
“Leaving home shouldn’t mean leaving connectivity behind. With the addition of faster speeds and more countries for the same fair price, we’re one step closer to making your phone as easy to use abroad as it is at home,” Google said in a blog post.
“Fi customers now have access to high speed data in over 97% of the places Americans travel internationally.”
To kickstart the new service, Google is offering $150 off the Nexus 6P for the next week beginning at 10 p.m. — but only for those that buy and activate with Project Fi.
Fi is currently available only for U.S. residents and enables users to pay only for the data they actually use. When data is not used up all by month’s end, the customer will be credited for the unused amount.
Google, for $20 a month, offers all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries) as well as 24/7 support. Data comes in at a flat $10 per GB for cellular data whether you are in the U.S. or abroad — so 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month.
Anyone who goes over the data allotment would be charged the same flat rate for each additional gigabyte. Google’s plans can be seen here.