After years of being on hold with hard-to-understand AT&T agents, having Verizon Wireless attempt to charge me ~$400 despite returning a MiFi within days, and not once having my name spelled correctly on a cell phone contract, I gave up on traditional telecom companies.
I vowed never to go back and to instead wait until the industry changed. Approximately 4 years later, that day has come.
When I went off the grid, I created a Google Voice account and started using Voice over IP for my calls and texting needs. While I was connected to WiFi, this was nearly identical to having a normal cell phone contract (minus paying for it, of course).
For the most part, Google Voice has been a fantastic experience. The only limitation is when I am on the road or at a venue without public WiFi. I have also saved thousands of dollars by putting my existing internet bandwidth to work.
In the next 4 to 8 weeks, I will be receiving my invitation to Project Fi, Google’s experimental approach to cellular and data service.
I will now have access to a no-contract, no-nonsense cell phone plan from a stellar company. I will pay $20 for unlimited calling, text, and WiFi tethering. Then, it’s $10 per gigabyte of data. I will even get refunded for any data that goes unused.
I can’t express how satisfied it is to know that I didn’t give in to the lackluster telecom companies of yesteryear. Instead, good things have come to me for waiting.
You can read more about Project Fi’s website. I will provide updates once I get my service activated and have a chance to test drive it.