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Google Project Fi

Last Updated:  January, 2018

Project Fi is a new kind of phone service....  

The service preferentially uses wi-fi connections for all services, and if wi-fi is not available, can automatically select and switch between T-Mobile and Sprint mobile LTE services.  Data is $10 per Gigabyte; and you pay only for what you use.

International 3-G and LTE data (140 countries) is also just $10/GB.  Free text messaging is included.  Voice calling over wireless, 3G and LTE networks is relatively inexpensive, $0.20 or less to/from most of the 120 supported countries.

I started with the service on July 30, 2015.  So far, I've used the service in the US, Canada, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Portugal and Spain.  It works as advertised, with a few minor glitches in international use.  When entering a new country or "service area" and attempting a voice call, the phone would often state that it wasn't provisioned.  Turning the phone off and back on cures that.  Total international "roaming" cost for a two week period was less than $2 even with frequent use of Messenger, GMail, News & Weather, Google Maps, Google+, and Facebook.   On my latest 2017 trip to Portugal and Spain, LTE data speeds were better than hotel wireless in many areas.

One nice feature is automatic voice-to-text "transcription" of voice messages.  Does a great job, very few mistaken words, and every call-back number left in a voice mail  so far has been correct.

The service currently requires a Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Android One Moto X4, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, or a Nexus 6 phone.  

I highly recommend the Google Fi service for general use and international travel.