This is an important question. With more and more services being available on WiFi, people use traditional text and call services less and less. Why would you use those when you can connect with iMessage, Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Voice, or any other communication tool that works over WiFi? Plus, cell coverage is…well…not always great. It doesn’t work underground, in that one spot in your house, or when you’re off on an international adventure, unless you want to pay the price for that.
Google is on to something with Project Fi. It is a wireless network that will run off of T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks. The service will then determine which service, T-Mobile, Sprint or Wifi is strongest in your area and will route your call accordingly, even if you’re in the middle of a call. Customers will pay Google, and Google will pay the providers.
The technology that makes this even possible is a new type of SIM card made by a German company, G&D. Right now Project Fi is available to a small number of people, and it’s not clear how much it can grow with only 2 networks on board. Plus, only those with Google Nexus phones can use the technology right now, so, that blocks a lot of people from trying this service.
However, Apple is also starting to get in on this game because their latest iPads come with a cross carrier Sim card, for most carriers but not Verizon. This is good because then you can switch carriers for your iPad without having to get a whole new device, though you can only have one carrier at a time and can’t switch mid call like Google Project Fi imagines.
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