Review: Project Fi by Google

Growing up, my mother owned 10 AT&T wireless franchise stores.  I worked at her company for years before I landed a full-time sales gig a year out of college.  If you worked for AT&T corporate or at a franchise location, you were entitled to their pretty sweet discounted cell phone rates.  I believe it was $40/mo for unlimited everything, not a bad deal.  However, after I moved on, it was time to say goodbye to my discounted rate plan.

I was with AT&T for years, paying ~$135/mo, until I made the switch over to Project Fi in November of 2016.  The reason why I’m doing this personal review on their service is 1.) they have a great program and 2.) I’m saving a bunch of money.  Here at Climb to Million, it’s all about cutting expenses, saving, and my journey to financial freedom.  That being the case, it’s worth sharing my experience with Project Fi thus far and how I’m able to save $1,200 annually by switching providers.

The Plan

Their plan is extremely simple.

  • $20/month – Unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, Wi-Fi tethering, and access to cellular coverage in 135+ countries.
  • $10 per 1 GB – I’ll explain the data usage below.

The way they structure their data plan is very cool.  When you’re setting up your plan, you choose how much data you expect to use within a given month.  It’s set at $10 per 1 GB of data.  For me, I chose 2GB for $20/mo.

They charge you at the beginning of the month, for that month’s service, and credit you back any unused data from the previous month.  For example, let’s say you only use 1.5 GBs in January.  When you’re billed on February 1st, it will be $20 (call/text) + $20 (data) – $5 (unused data from January) = $35.  This is where I usually end up.  Take a look:

The Service

I’ve been with Project Fi for roughly 4 months now and I can happily say that I’ve never had an issue with their coverage.

Your phone will automatically connect you to the best available network, through Wi-Fi and three 4g LTE networks (Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular).  Click here to see if there’s coverage around your location.  You definitely want to make sure you do this before signing up with them!

When there’s a free, open Wi-Fi network that doesn’t require any action to get connected, Project Fi will link you up.  This will definitely help you reduce your data usage month over month and, well, save you money!

The neat thing about Project Fi is their international capabilities.  I’m not a huge traveler, but if you are, it’s worth taking a look at their international rates.

The Phone

Switching to Project Fi was a no-brainer for me, but the biggest concern that I had before making the leap was that I had to part ways with my iPhone.  They offer their services on 4 different devices, the Google Pixel (first phone built by Google and the one that I purchased), Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6.

The Pixel is amazing.  The camera takes incredible shots.  It has fast processing speeds.  And, if you are a Gmail user, it syncs up with all of your accounts so easily.  Not too mention, you get unlimited photo and video storage through their online backup with Google Photos.

The Summary

All in all, I’m very pleased with my decision to switch over to Project Fi.  I’ve brought my monthly cell phone bill from $135/mo to $35/mo (this doesn’t include the cost of the phone itself).  Over the course of a year, it’s roughly $1,200 in savings.  So, between switching cell phone providers and not paying for coffee, you’ll be well on your way to financial independence!

If you’re thinking about signing up with Project Fi, use this link.  If you’re on for 30-days, you’ll receive a $20 credit towards your bill (along with myself!).

Are you a current subscriber to Project Fi or made the switch to another provider to cut monthly costs?  Leave a comment about your experience below!