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Google Fi: What You Need To Know

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New technology: Fi service connects users to the best wireless network available, whether a Wi-Fi network or the Sprint and T-Mobile LTE networks. The phone connects to more than a million free Wi-Fi hot spots to make calls and access data, then hops in mid-call or in mid-data session onto the Sprint and T-Mobile networks when it moves out of hot-spot range. The phone, however, does not hop from a cellular network to a hot spot; the phone remains on the cellular network until a call or data session is completed.

Low cost: Google offers only one single-user plan, and the price is low thanks to the reliance in Wi-Fi hot spots to make calls. The plan is priced at $20/month for unlimited talk, text, Wi- Fi tethering and international coverage in more than 120 countries, plus $10 per GB/month for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad. Unlike the major carriers, Google also offers a credit for the full value of unused data in a given month.

Available phones: Fi service is available for now only with the Motorola-made Nexus 6 6-inch phablet, available at $649 from Google for the 32GB version and $699 for the 64GB version. Consumers who pay in 24-month installments pay $27.04/month for the 32GB version and $29.12/month for the 64GB model.

Consumers who already own a Nexus 6 can also sign up for service and get a SIM card shipped to them. Motorola also offers the Nexus 6 direct to consumers without contract starting at $649.

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