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And that was the end of my Project Fi test. In summary, it's too expensive.

Other than that, it works great, although the back-off to Sprint is not that awesome, sometimes it was slower than T-Mobile EDGE.

For more details, see here as well as other previous posts: https://plus.google.com/+DanielVelazco/posts/NZa6oq1QEW3
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Yeah, and for someone like me who burns through 10-15GB a month, I may as well go with Verizon :\
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Project Fi update

TL;DR: Works great, but switching back to the T-Mobile SIM card in the next few days.

Works great, really, I can finally use my phone when I go to some places where T-Mobile has bad or no reception, like my local Costco.

However, battery life takes a hit, it uses up almost double the life than what a regular SIM card does. Probably because of it looking up for the best possible signal between the different providers?

Also, it's too pricey for me. I personally use anything between 3-6GB/mo on my phone. I decided to add 3GB on my Project Fi account to try and stay under, and because that is the only way for it to be more affordable than T-Mobile, once I go past 3GB, I end up paying more than what I'm paying with T-Mobile. With T-Mobile I get unlimited data (yes, unlimited) and 5GB hotspot (2G speeds after that), and I pay almost the same I'd pay for 3GB with Fi.

3GB is clearly not working out for me, as seen on the screenshot below, so I just won't do it. My T-Mobile SIM Card is going back into the phone as soon as I finish using this up. Thankfully I didn't transfer my number to Project Fi, I just got a new one and forwarded my calls to it, and since I never make phone calls it doesn't matter.

I also hope that T-Mobile launches that 700mhz LTE spectrum soon, that could fix my reception issues with them.

With all this said, I think Project Fi is a step in the right direction overall, the technology is great and the service works very well. Google would need to lower Project Fi's prices a bit more in order for this to be competitive and relevant, but I don't think that will happen.

One last thing, why are we still paying for data as if it was some sort of exhaustible resource?
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+Daniel Velazco Interesting, on multiple levels. :D
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Oh, I never heard that one. At least not specifically about BMW drivers... 
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Quick Project Fi update

Today I found the value of Fi. Every time I go to my local Costco store, I never have any signal with T-Mobile, Fi automatically switched to the Sprint network while I was there, as expected, and then switched back to T-Mobile once I was out of there.

Not bad.

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Btw, I get that you're a Sprint troll. I don't care. 
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Project Fi

I just got the SIM today. There's a pretty big difference between Sprint and T-Mobile, when it comes to data speed. There's no real way of knowing which network it's currently on except for the external IP address, which I've been using to do whois lookups.

So far it works fine, but I haven't really moved from this place.

I'm pretty happy with T-Mobile when I'm in the city, home or work, but it would be nice not to lose signal whenever I go 30 miles away to remote places, so that's why I wanted to give Fi a try, Sprint is not necessarily the best out there either but maybe the combination and overlap of the two makes it better, we'll see.

Also, I didn't transfer my number, just going to try it for a month and I'll go from there.
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Already installed..  Thanks +Daniel Velazco 
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I haven't exercised for real in a really long time. I know it ain't much, but it's a start, and I'll keep going at it.
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Keep it up. One day at a time. 
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With all the BS apps and ideas coming out as of late, I'd say this isn't one of them. Let's see how it plays out for them.
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That kid will have that memory for the rest of her life. So awesome.
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Both keynotes were by turns interesting, fun, and cringeworthy. Apple Music was mostly an embarrassment for a company known for immaculate launches—it was unfocussed, rambling, and uncool. Google’s event had moments that were good for a quick nap. There is vaporware in there. And both events were very long and yet oddly short on technical details.
 
Good read on the (tiresome) topic of Apple vs. Google.

I personally have a lot of time for Apple seemingly taking a strong stand for user privacy. But I do agree that their position feels somewhat convenient given they still seem hopelessly outmatched compared to Google when it comes to services, data crunching and the like.

And I also agree there's every chance Apple will have to walk their position back to some degree at some point (likely as a fully anonymized and opt-in way).
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All these modern-wanna-be websites need to stop using those JS Smooth Scroller libraries. It doesn't help with scrolling, and it's not smooth, it just makes it worse.

Hey, http://www.idescout.com
I'm calling you out on this... Stop. Cool product, want to try it out, but I've had 3 seizures since I opened your website.

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Update: Very nice, they heard the feedback and fixed it.
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Project Fi Update

Battery life seems to be taking a hit compared to using my regular T-Mobile SIM card, but other than that, pretty good.

Data is normally fast, and I wrote that little app that tells me which carrier my phone is using by doing an external IP whois lookup, kinda hacky but whatever. What I noticed is that when the phone was connected to Sprint, data speed was abnormally slow, compared to T-mo, like 0.2Mbps vs 38Mbps.

Phone call quality is a bit worse than using T-Mobile, I guess that's because of HDVoice (or whatever) not being used, and that Fi seems to be VoIP, but I'm still not sure about, but voice quality varies sometimes.

Edit: For those wondering about the little ongoing notification telling me the carrier, it's a hack, source is here: https://github.com/velazcod/project_fi_current_carrier and there's a debug apk on the release section of the repo

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Feel free to send a PR, I honestly don't think I'll spend too much more time on this little thing lol, just wanted it during this time while I learned more about Fi.
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Awesome. Very much overdue.
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