Google's Project Fi forces you to use or lose your Google Voice number


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Project Fi invites are on their way, and they reveal a lot about how Google’s new wireless service will work. 

A series of screenshots posted by a Reddit user show the signup process, with a key provision being that you need to use the Google Voice number tied to your Google account or choose another. 

If you don’t bring in your existing number to Project Fi you can choose another. However, your former number then goes back into the Google Voice pool. So choose wisely.

Additionally, if you port in your current Google Voice number you lose some signature features, like the ability to make calls and send and receive text messages through the Voice app or website.

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If you have an existing Google Voice number you’ll need to use it with Project Fi, otherwise it disappears. 

Nonetheless, you still can use your number through Hangouts, the service that Google continues to hint may take over for Voice.

The rest of the process involves choosing your data plan, which is rather straightforward. It starts at $20 monthly for unlimited calls and texts, plus $10 per GB for data. So 6GB a month will cost you a total of $80. Project Fi phones (currently on the Nexus 6 is the only choice) hop between T-Mobile, Sprint, and public Wi-Fi networks for coverage. 

Another perk is that you’re rebated for any unused cellular data. There’s also no overage charge; you just pay the usual cost of the higher-tiered plan. There are, however, no family plans available.

The story behind the story: Google’s Project Fi is the company’s effort to shake up the wireless industry. It had some success with this model through Google Fiber, as companies like AT&T and Comcast have started to offer faster Internet speeds that match the “Gigabit” service from the Internet giant. If more consumer-friendly plans or network-switching capabilities go mainstream, Google will already have made a positive impact on the wireless industry.

This story, "Google's Project Fi forces you to use or lose your Google Voice number" was originally published by Greenbot.

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