April 22 2015, google announced a new MVNO mobile communication service, project ‘Fi’. Looking in to this new service, it was hard to find any impressive features. The features are as followed:
-Charge: $20 per month
-Unlimited domestic talk and text(including international text)
-1~10GB of data (extra $10 per 1GB) (Refund of unused data)
-Access to both T-Mobile USA and Sprint, catches the stronger signal in your current location.
-Automatically uses WiFi (if connectable) prior to 4G LTE networks.
-For Nexus 6 only
The interesting parts of this service is the refund of unused data, connecting to stronger LTE networks and that it connects to Wifi prior to LTE.The wifi connection feature seems to be what we should focus on. This system, similar to google voice, shows googles main intention,the generalization of VOIP Call. VOIP Call can be accessed with every device that can connect to the internet. Even the quality is comparable withcircuit based networks depending on the network upgradability. VOIP makes it possible to call with your PC, tablet and smartphone. For easy access withall devices, google supports phone number storage on google cloud. Through project ‘Fi’, google has reached one step forward to their ongoing goalof seamless services between devices. Now it’s time to focus on googles new services that links various services with voice calls.
Mobile communication companies will try to stop the generalization of VOIP Call. But in the end ‘calls’ will be transferred and processed just like any form of data. Just like when MC companies that made us pay a huge amount of money for wireless internet faded after apples iphone, its expected that googles new approach will knock down the wall between ‘calls’ and ‘data’.