Project Fi is Google’s own mobile virtual network (MVNO) which function on top of other existing networks of various carrier companies like Sprint, T-Mobile as well as US Cellular. However, in recent times, the MVNO has fallen behind other similar projects in terms of features. More specifically, Project Fi users could not make calls over 4G LTE, unlike T-Mobile users.
However, Google has recently announced that in the coming weeks it will begin testing VoLTE support for a select number of Project Fi wireless service users. Making phone calls over the 4G LTE network will mean a higher call quality and faster data connections required for mapping apps and other various services which use data.
The news comes from a post on the Project Fi product forums. The announcement also states that Project Fi users will be informed that they are making a VoLTE call through their signal indicator, which will continue to display the LTE sign instead of dropping to H (HSPA) when making a call before the new service rolled out.
Currently, the feature only works for a small number of Project Fi subscribers, and it’s unclear how long the testing period will last or when Google plans to fully release the VoLTE support for all of the service’s users.
If you’re not familiar with Project Fi, you should know that Google’s service operates on top of the previously mentioned US networks. Project Fi subscribers will be able to automatically switch between the three networks based on which one has the best coverage in your current area. The service will also connect to public hotspots around you, in order to keep your data usage down.
While doing so may present a risk, the service will automatically set up a VPN in order to protect your data while you are connected to any public networks such as those found at various locales. Google initially launched the service back in 2015, and it’s currently available on a limited number of devices such as the Pixel phones, the Nexus 6, 5X and Nexus 6P. The service costs $20 every month with an additional $10 for every GB of data you want or need per month.
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