Google opens up Project Fi to all — but just for today

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google is giving out instant invites to Project Fi for the next 24 hours.

Google’s Project Fi mobile service usually requires an invite (and subsequent wait) to get in, but to mark the official release of LG’s Nexus 5X, anyone in the United States can get an “instant invite” right here for the next 24 hours.

With a massive 6-inch display and a relatively high price ($649, 32GB), at least in Nexus terms, Android’s latest flag bearer marks a step in a bold new direction for Google. Project Fi works with both of the new Nexus smartphones, so it’s definitely in Google’s interest to advertise the MVNO service alongside its latest mobile hardware. It’s 5.7 inches, WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4, and sports something Google calls “fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating.” Welp. Project Fi starts at $20 per month for voice and text, and then charges users $10 for each gigabyte of cellular data they need; you’re only charged for the data you actually use, and Google credits back any unused portion.

Now, compared with the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy Note 4, it’s still going to require more feats of manual dexterity, but my thumb reach and grip confidence are effectively on the same level here. The Nexus 6 checks all the requisite smartphone boxes: insanely sharp display, incredible camera, long battery life, and unyieldingly fast performance in a well-built package. Our own Greg Kumparak referred to that device as “cumbersome.” While I feel like the 6P’s “heft” could turn some folks off, I wouldn’t call it a roadblock.

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