As a quick recap, I was on a grandfathered unlimited data plan with Verizon until late 2015 when they announced they were jacking up the costs to $110/mo. My cheapness overcame me and I couldn’t handle getting hustled for that much every month by Big Red. Fortunately right before Verizon announced that, Google announced their phone plan as an answer to my pleas.
I’m sure I didn’t have anything to do with Google starting the phone plan, but shhhh.… just let me have this one.
“So Gwen” anonymous voice over person asks, “You’ve had this plan for 2 years now. How do you like it? Still like it as much as you did last year?”
Well thanks for asking, anonymous voice over person. As a matter of fact, I think I actually like it MORE now than I did last year.
The Price is Right
And no… I don’t mean the show we all watched while home sick from school growing up.
Pictured immediately below this is a screen shot of Mint with my mobile phone costs for the last 12 months.
My average monthly cost for my phone in 2016 was a measly $32! That’s it! That’s amazing! The stat stands well on its own, but then when you compare it to $110 a month looks EVEN BETTER!!! Sorry about the shouting, I’m just really excited.
I also thought it’d be interesting to see what two years of spending looks like compared to each other. Looks like my phone usage is fairly steady unless I’m traveling abroad. Then I have a major self-control issue and can’t stop checking social media and uploading pictures. It’s a work in progress! December 2016 was the first month of Project Fi and last month of Verizon, in case you’re wondering why it’s so much more than the rest of the year.
The coverage continues to be excellent. I seem to spend the most time on US Cellular and Sprint in the few hours per week I’m not on someone’s WiFi. Given that I’m on WiFi most of the time, I’ve only gone over the limit a few times. Again, that’s usually when I’m abroad and don’t have easy access to WiFi. Here’s a map of coverage in the US, straight from Project FI’s website. You can enter your address and it’ll show you what kind of coverage you have around there. I typed in Minneapolis, mostly because I was curious what the coverage looks like in my soon to be new town. It’s all dark green so I’ll be covered! (literally ha!)
Coverage overseas was hit or miss, depending on what country I was in at the time. So far, I’ve been to England, the Netherlands, Panama, and Ecuador with Project FI. It worked flawlessly in England and Amsterdam, and not quite as great in Panama and Ecuador. I feel like that has more to do with the countries themselves and less to do with Project Fi. I was able to use Google Maps to navigate every where I needed to, get an Uber or Lyft, and share all the amazing photos I took while not at home. It just took a bit longer depending on where I was. It’s a truly amazing feeling to land in a new country and be able get all my notifications immediately after turning airplane mode off.
I did end up needing to get a new phone this year. Last year I had the Nexus 6P which was a super great phone to have until the battery issues started getting out of control. My friend got a new 6P from Google just by calling in and complaining, so I did the same. A week later, I had a different 6P. They sent me a refurbished unit which I was ok with UNTIL I figured out the new phone had an EVEN WORSE PROBLEM than the one I sent in. I dealt with it because the phone was so great. In addition, I have a 20,000 mah battery pack that holds enough juice for 6–7 charges. It was a bit of a pain when I was taking tons of pictures in Ecuador and my phone would die 4 times a day, but I dealt with it.
Google released 3 new Project FI compatible phones this year, so I waited to replace it until I could get one of them. They released the Moto X4, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. I really wanted the Pixel, but I wasn’t willing to drop $649 on a new phone this time. I went with the Moto X4. Because I pre-ordered it, I got a $50 credit. I also got $165 for trading in my POS 6P, so that knocked $215 off the $399 price tag to end up with a very reasonable $184 upgrade price. I could’ve paid for it monthly, but preferred to buy it out right. No need to spread out the cost when I have the money now.
So far, I like the X4. It’s much smaller than the 6P which is good and bad. It’s good because I have small hands and it would start to hurt my hands/wrists if I used it too much. I do miss it occasionally like when I’m showing off pictures of my cat or travels to people. Games were also more fun to play on the big screen. However, the X4 has excellent battery life so I am no longer tethered to a power cable. It’s so freeing! The 6P had a slightly better camera which makes me a bit sad, but I’m more or less over it. The wide-angle lens came in handy when I was taking pictures of my new unit to put up on Craigslist. I am super careful with my phone around water, but if I were to somehow let it fall into water, the X4 is water-resistant. Hopefully that would mean I’d be able to rescue it before torching my only phone.
Overall, I’m really pleased with Project Fi and will continue to extol the benefits to anyone that asks both in person and online. If you’ve thought about switching, I would love it if you used my referral link to join. I’m not a huge fan of affiliate links and programs, but am happy to help out others in this instance since I use it and can 100% recommend it. If you do use my link, 3 things will happen. I’ll love you forever, you’ll get $20 off your first month, and I’ll get $20 for the recommendation.
Thanks for reading my review! What phone plan do you use? Do you have any questions about Project Fi I can answer?