Project Fi Update: Google’s MVNO Now Works With US Cellular Network
Google’s Project Fi mobile network has been using using bands from T-Mobile and Sprint networks to provide its customers with cellular and Wi-Fi coverage since it’s inception in April 2015. However, the MVNO or mobile virtual network operator will now employ cellular and Wi-Fi service from the regional carrier U.S. Cellular to expand its coverage.
A mobile service like Project Fi user WiFi and cellular connections from other larger mobile networks to power its service at a lower cost.
Typically, MVNOs are associated with one network; however, Project Fi will connect users to the strongest cellular or Wi-Fi network in an area. The service is owned by Google, but the tech giant has partnered with T-Mobile, Sprint and now U.S. Cellular to provide users with optimal service.
When Project Fi first launched there was concern that it would not have a far reach because its national coverage was localized mostly to metropolitan areas on the East and West coasts. However, by adding U.S. Cellular, Project Fi expands its coverage to more rural areas, particularly in the Mid-West. U.S. Cellular is based in Chicago and supports 4.8 million customers across 23 states with LTE and CDMA coverage.