One less caveat to deal with on Google’s carrier.
Project Fi has always been a great solution for those who use less than about 4GB of data per month, but now Google’s giving the nod to people who want more. A new feature called "Bill Protection" effectively gives Project Fi users an unlimited data option, taking on the big carrier competition that has swung back to heavily promoting unlimited data plans.
So here’s how it works. From the start, everything is the same as it always has been. You pay $10 per month for each gigabyte of data you use, and any data you don’t use you aren’t charged for. But with Bill Protection, once you hit 6GB of data, or $80 for the month ($20 "Fi Basics" + $60 of data), your bill is capped — but you continue to get data service, just like a flat-rate unlimited plan from other carriers.
Really, it’s the best of both worlds. In months when you use less than 6GB of data, you only pay for the data you used. If you have a heavy month of usage and you crest over 6GB, it’s all included and billed as a flat $80. Not only does that $80 figure line up nicely with the competition, but it also is effectively much lower since most unlimited plan users don’t actually use over 6GB of data per month every single month.
The only catch, as is always the case with "unlimited" plans, is that Project Fi does start to throttle speeds once you’ve hit 15GB of data usage for the month. At that point, your speeds drop to 256kbps. Somewhat counteracting that is the ability to switch back to full speed if you want to start paying again, at the usual rate of $10 per gigabyte. Other carriers start to throttle in the 15-25GB range, and often don’t offer any sort of full-speed buyout option, so it seems like a fine compromise to me. That 15GB of data usage on Fi used to cost you $170 for the month, too — and now it’s just $80.
January 17, 2018 at 07:52AM