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Google is offering 43% off a Nexus 5X when you join Project Fi

Google announced that Project Fi, its wireless service, is dropping the requirement to get an invite. A discount for if you purchase the Nexus 5X through their service was also announced. We have the details for the discount and other Project Fi information you need to know. 

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Google is dropping its invite requirement from Project Fi. / © Google

Project Fi is Google's mobile virtual network operating system. It's a pre-pay service that doesn't use contracts and lets you cancel the service whenever you want. It works by switching between Sprint and T-Mobile services and only subtracts the exact amount of data from your account.

Previously, you could only get this service with an invite, but Google announced it's axing its Project Fi invite program, making it easier for you to try. Minimum pricing for the plan is at US$30 and there is a US$20 fee for unlimited calls and texts and a US$10 charge for each GB of data you use. 

To entice new customers into its cell phone coverage program, Google is offering the Nexus 5X smartphone at just US$349. That's a discount of US$150. That's quite a bargain but there is a catch. Google didn't pick a Nexus 5X arbitrarily. Because of the network switching feature, you must use either a Nexus 5X, 6 or 6P. This limited device compatibility issue is a downside of Project Fi. 

What do you think about Project Fi? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • "Minimum pricing for the plan is at US$30 and there is a US$20 fee for unlimited calls and texts and a US$10 charge for each GB of data you use."
    Minimum pricing? Really? Is this a joke?
    I pay €4.45 a month for unlimited calls, texts and 5GB of data! I live in Estonia, by the way. What's the benefit of Project Fi?

    • Thank you Aivar for your question. One benefit could be that Google is looking to improve texting the future. Stay tuned, it might improve.

  • I've been watching the project fi since last fall and while it sounds good at first, there are a few issues I have with it. I travel quite a bit for business and both the sprint and t-mobile networks do not provide the coverage I currently have with big red. I can also use my phone internationally and have not found out if this can be done as easily as I do it now (all I do now is turn on international service). The other issue is with a family of five I would have to buy five new phones, which really jacks up the cost cause not everyone will want the 5x. And at this point there's no family plan to keep it all on one bill. Not sure I want to track five separate bills. And then there's the Google uncertainty of longevity cause in the past they have pulled the plug on some of their projects. I'll continue watching project fi though and maybe at some point in the future it will be something to switch to for me and my family. Maybe it'll take off where Google won't have a reason to shut it down.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Offer is really great but device limitation & non availability of this program in India is sad part. Looking forward for Project Fi in India.