Google has announced it will be starting up a fascinating new wireless service that has unique pricing quite different from how the market operates now. For starters, no annual service contract will be required. Also, there will be one plan only for one price -- $20 a month, and for that you get voice, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in over than 120 countries. For data usage, you'll additionally be charged $10 per gigabyte a month. However, if you don't use all of the data you bought in any period, the company will refund the amount you didn't use.
(For instance, if you buy 3 GB of data for a month, that would cost an additional $30 -- $10 times the 3 GB. But if you only use 1.4 GB of that, you'll get $16 back.)
Google won't be building its own wireless network, but has a deal for access to piggyback on the networks of Spring and T-Mobile.
There's no start date yet from the program, which right now they call Project Fi. At the moment, it is by invitation only, which you can sign up for at Google here, and at first it will only be available for Google's own Nexus 6 phone.
You can read more information about the program in Google's announcement.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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