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How to save on mobile plans: Your guide to 17 no-contract carriers

Rick Broida | Jan. 21, 2016
Tired of dealing with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless? We tell you about some good alternatives.

Now for the important question: What price, Project Fi? The Basics plan runs a flat $20 per month and includes unlimited domestic calls and texting, unlimited international texting, a mobile-hotspot option and the promise of service in over 120 countries. On top of that, Google will charge $10 per gigabyte of data, while crediting you, Republic Wireless-style, for any unused data. So you'll pay at least $30 per month, but your final bill could end up lower.

In other words, Project Fi is a bit of a hodge-podge of existing networks and services. For the moment, it's limited to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P phones -- the only ones compatible with Fi's special SIM card. These models range from $379 to $649 and can be purchased directly from Google. However, as of press time, Project Fi itself is available only via invitation, which is why we didn't include it in our main story.

 

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