By Gaurav Pradhan
Google Project Fi, which has become official, has create a buzz in the market. It is betting on new technology and operator framework which can revolutionize the way a mobile phone is working today. This move by Google is ready to provide, for now the Americans, more smart and economical mobile access plans. So what does Google’s Project Fi has in store for consumers?
Google Project Fi’s Features
Google Project Fi is backing on its below mentioned infrastructure to provide the services:
- T – Mobile and Sprint supported Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)
- Supporting for now only the Phablet sized Nexus 6
- Monthly service plans for US $20
- Extra per GB packets of data for US $10 per month along with credit facility for unused data
- Cloud-based numbers leading to unlimited access to calls and texting
What Consumers can expect?
Consumers can expect a seamless connectivity, having the capability to identify and connect to the fastest and reliable network, irrespective of public, private WiFi hotspot or a carrier network partner like Sprint or T-mobile in this case.
- All transmissions over WiFi will be encrypted automatically
- Calls and text can be made via WiFi in absence of cellular network coverage
- Calls can be easily routed from Cellular network to WiFi and vice versa uninterruptedly in case you are mobile, on travel
- With the help of your number, you can use any device having Hangouts to make calls and messages. It is giving you freedom from devices.
Present limitations are many for Google Fi. The most important is the device limitation – it is presently available only on Nexus 6, which is a pretty high priced gadget to carry. Another problem is connectivity. Because of only two telecom players and unclaimed WiFi hotspots, the scalability factor is not showing. But Google is promising seamless connectivity and security via VPNs. Another limitation or so to say a me-too feature is the cloud services. Other players like Apple and Samsung have already streamlining their ‘text from anywhere’ feature which is being promised by Google.
Future Lying Ahead
These limitations are presently location based and more controlled. The scalability can only come when the mobile operators will start to feel the heat of this upcoming technology which provides seamless connectivity with less impact on consumers’ wallet.
With increase in demand, this technology will definitely revolutionize telecom industry in days to come. Many people will like to have a cell phone number which can do more than just call and text from a single device.
But the only thing which will hamper this upcoming service is government regulations which are normally unwelcoming to the change. We can only hope for the best and see our phone numbers letting us getting seamlessly connected everywhere in this world.
(Author is a Management student of IIM Bangalore having an experience in Manufacturing Industry, Follow On Twitter @GauravToYou)
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