Ars Technica: Google Fi gets a cheaper “unlimited” plan, bundled cloud storage

Ars Technica: Google Fi gets a cheaper “unlimited” plan, bundled cloud storage. “Google Fi, Google’s MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) cellular service, is launching a second plan for users today. Besides the original pay-per-megabyte plan with unlimited calls and text, Google Fi is now launching a full blown ‘Unlimited’ plan (with throttling after 22GB) for $70, and it comes with 100GB of cloud storage thanks to a bundled ‘Google One’ membership.”

Neowin: Best Buy starts selling Google Fi SIM cards

Neowin: Best Buy starts selling Google Fi SIM cards. “Just a couple of months ago, Google’s Project Fi service became Google Fi, and upon dropping the ‘Project’, the firm immediately took steps to make it more mainstream. While all GSM unlocked and T-Mobile phones already worked on the network, ‘official’ support was added, which meant that you can now activate a device that’s not officially made for Fi, rather than having to activate an official Fi device and swap the SIM card to another phone.”

The Register: Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam’s cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

The Register: Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam’s cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it . “A Vermont state employee drove 6,000 miles in six weeks to prove that the cellular coverage maps from the US government suck – and was wildly successful. In fact not only did he prove conclusively that reports delivered to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by mobile operators aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on but also swung a spotlight on just how bad bureaucracy can get when it comes to Washington DC.”

Project Fi Now Has Group Plans

Google’s Project Fi now has a group plan. “With Project Fi, wireless service is simple and easy — you get seamless access to three 4G LTE networks, use data abroad at no extra cost, and you send and receive texts and calls across multiple devices. Last week we expanded our device options to include Google’s new Pixel phones, and today we’re excited to introduce Project Fi’s group plan: an easy way to share Project Fi with the people who matter most to you. With Project Fi’s group plan, you can now have up to six people on one plan, making it easier to pay your bill, track data usage, and manage settings for everyone, all from one place.”

FCC, Tech Companies Teaming Up to Stop Robocalls

A bunch of tech companies are teaming up with the FCC to stop robocalls. We can only hope. “Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has asked wireless and wireline phone companies to offer call-blocking services to customers at no cost. The robocall strike force plans to report to the FCC by Oct. 19 on ‘concrete plans to accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions,’ AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement.”

Google Opens Project Fi to Everyone

Google has opened its Project Fi cell phone service to everybody. “With Fi, which runs on the networks of T-Mobile and Sprint — depending on which one offers better receptions in a given area — customers pay a base fee of $20 per month and then an addition $10 per GB of data. If you overpay for your data in a given month, the service simply refunds you the difference.”