Read the official press release here.
The Scoop: Google announced in a press release this Tuesday that they have added Three, an international mobile company, to their network. With this addition, they have enhanced their international high speed data coverage in 135+ markets to now have data speeds that are 10-20x faster than before. To add: no surcharges or extra fees required to use the faster international data.
The Fuss: This won’t mean squat for you folks that don’t travel much. But for those of you who do, Google’s international pivot could be a game changer. For international business owners it’s a big decision when deciding which mobile network you trust to rely on when conducting business overseas. Even more than that, it’s difficult to do said business if the coverage is stuck in pre-2010 data speeds.
With Google’s growth in the mobile market, they now compete well with the likes of the big three: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. With 97% of the travel destinations Americans go to now supported by Project Fi, there’s a great chance that you won’t have to stay tethered to WiFi. This is a good move and all, but only time will tell if Google’s investment into the mobile networking space will pay off.
If this news has you wanting Project Fi, Google is running a deal to get its Nexus 6P. Right now you can get the device for $150 off when activated on their network. Great phone + Great Network = ??? Let me know in the comments below.