Google recently confirmed they were working on launching their own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) service, and now some potential details of what the Google wireless service will look like have come to light through a leaked app.
The app, dubbed “Project Fi” and first noted on the XDA Developers forums, was then obtained by Android Police and went through a rigorous teardown. The teardown holds some interesting information regarding Google’s upcoming MVNO launch – which may or may not be present in the final iteration of a Google wireless service.
- the app allows you to pay bills, access usage stats, change plan details (as do most standard mobile carrier apps)
- the app would allow you to activate service, requests a new number, or initiate a transfer
- pay for only what you use – if you don’t use your allotted amount of data, you’ll be credited for the unused amount at the end of each month; if you exceed your data allotment, you’ll be charged the same rate for additional data
- data would be charged by the GB
- calls and texts within the US are unlimited
- support for multiple lines and shared data
- support for data only service (presumably for 4G enabled tablets)
- supports switching your primary device from one phone to another easily
- Sprint & T-Mobile appear as launch partners
- allows for auto-switching between supported carriers
- ability to port your Google Voice number over
- options to finance a device (i.e. Nexus 6) through the service
- usage tracking for ads
As we mentioned above, any or none of these features could be included in a final Google wireless service launch, but it does give a better idea of what we can expect from a Google MVNO. What do you think about some of the information extracted from the leaked Project Fi app? Are you getting more excited for a Google MVNO wireless service? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.