Google Releases More Details on the Death of SMS in Hangouts

After a surprise announcement made its way onto reddit last night, Google has spent a good chunk of the morning doing plenty of clarifying over what’s actually happening with Hangouts and SMS integration. To be clear, though, last night’s information is 100% correct and SMS within Hangouts is going away for most people, but Google has post in a variety of its product forums today to help answer any questions Google Voice, Project Fi, and general Hangouts users might have.

Below, we’ve done our best to compile the important stuff.  (more…)

Project Fi Intros ‘Group Plan,’ Up to Six People on One Plan

Project Fi now offers a family plan, called Group Plan. With it, up to six people can all be under the same plan, only paying for the data they use. To break it down, access to the plan is $15 a month for new lines (still $20 for the initial line), which comes with unlimited talk and text. Like a standard single plan, each 1GB of data is priced at $10. However, if you don’t use all of your data in a month, the money you paid for that data is credited back to your account.  (more…)

Project Fi Gets Faster International Data, Will Shave $150 Off a Nexus 6P If You Sign-Up

Google is fully aware that when traveling abroad, your data connection is a major pain point. Not only is it expensive to use data when traveling outside of the US, it’s also often quite a slow and frustrating experience. Today, to help reduce those struggles, they are introducing better roaming to Project Fi by adding connectivity through Three’s network.  (more…)

Project Fi Adds US Cellular to Gain More Coverage and Speed

Project Fi added a third network today in US Cellular. That means Project Fi users now have access to three different networks, further enabling the ability of Fi to get you on the best connection at all times.

For those not familiar with US Cellular, just know that it’s one of the larger mobile networks (they claim to be the 5th largest) in the US with coverage in 23 states. The company is headquartered out of Chicago, has 4.8 million customers, and runs a network on LTE and CDMA.  (more…)