Google said it was expanding its “virtual” telecommunication service that was limited to select Android-powered smartphones to a wider range of devices, including iPhones.
The “Google Fi” is introduced with the intentions to take on traditional carriers by letting people pay based on how much data they use and as well roam internationally.
Fi “intelligently” shifts smartphone service between Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Wi-Fi hotspots to provide optimal signals, according to Google.
“Our plan now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones,” Fi director Simon Arscott said in a blog post.
Fi plans in the US offer unlimited domestic call and texts, plus texting internationally, for $20 monthly. Data costs $10 per gigabyte with a maximum data charge of $60 for an individual user, according to the Fi website.
“When we launched Project Fi in 2015, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair,” Arscott said.
“We’re proud that we’ve achieved a customer satisfaction score of over 90 per cent.”
Google said the service allows people to use their devices for data in 170 countries and territories under agreements with carriers in those locations.