Today Google announced a nice customer friendly billing change to its Project Fi MVNO. Called “Bill Protection” it caps data charges at $ 60 per month. Project Fi costs $ 20/month for unlimited talk and messaging plus $ 10 per GB for data. Starting today, single line Project Fi customers will never pay more than $ 80/month even if they use more than 6 GB of data. As before, customers who use less than 6 GB in a month will receive a prorated account credit for unused partial GBs of data.
Single line customers who use more than 15 GB of data will see their speeds reduced to 256 kbps for the rest of the month. Users who need more than 15 GB of high speed data can still purchase it for $ 10/GB.
The capped data price for multi-line plans is higher; $ 100 for two lines, $ 120 for Three lines, $ 140 for four lines, $ 160 for five lines and $ 180 for six lines. There’s also a $ 15/month line charge for each additional line after the first.
Project Fi operates on a combination of the Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular networks. WiFi calling and messaging is also available. Project Fi phones will automatically switch between the three networks and WiFi as needed. Hotspot is included at no extra cost. International data roaming in 135 countries is available at the same prorated $ 10/GB. Bill Protection applies to international use too. Texts are free while roaming internationally and calls are 20¢/minute.
Project Fi requires special software to accomplish its network switching magic. A supported phone is required. Currently the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Android One Moto X4, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6 are supported. In addition to launching Bill Protection, Google put two of its phones on sale today. For a limited time, the Android One Moto X4 is $ 299 (reg $ 399) and the Pixel XL is $ 549 (reg $ 669).
Sources: Google, Project Fi, BestMVNO