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Google Fi adds monthly price cap for unlimited data

Thursday 18 January 2018 | 09:33 CET | News

Google announced changes to its Project Fi mobile service pricing in the US, in an attempt to match the unlimited plans offered by major operators. Fi customers will benefit from a USD 80 per month cap on their spending, known as 'Bill Protection'.

Fi bills customers according to usage, at USD 10 per GB. If customers use more than 6 GB of data per month, the company will cap charges for calls and texts plus data at USD 80, and the customers can continue to use high-speed data at no extra cost. 

The new 'Bill Protection' also comes with a fair-use policy, with slower speeds once a customer passes 15 GB of data per month. Google said less than 1 percent of Fi users exceed that level. They can opt out of slower speeds by paying USD 10 per GB again for data usage above 15 GB.

The new pricing still includes a refund for customers who don't use all their data in a month. So for example, if they only use 1.4 GB of data, at the end of the month they pay just USD 34 instead of USD 80. The monthly cap also applies to spending on roaming and tablet data. 



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