Date
26 May 2017
Google's new wireless service in the US will work only on Nexus 6 phones. Photo: Bloomberg
Google's new wireless service in the US will work only on Nexus 6 phones. Photo: Bloomberg

Google launches new US wireless service

Google Inc. launched on Wednesday a US wireless service that will help consumers keep phone bills low by switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use.

The service, called Fi, will work only on the firm’s Nexus 6 phones and will be hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile networks, Reuters reported.

Fi, which marks Google’s first entry into the wireless industry, will automatically switch between the Sprint and T-Mobile networks and more than one million open, free Wi-Fi spots, depending on which signal is strongest, according to the report.

The service will cost US$20 a month plus US$10 per gigabyte of data used. Customers will get money back for unused data.

If successful, Google’s service could pressure wireless providers to further lower prices and better adapt to the rise of tablets and wearable devices, an analyst was quoted as saying.

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