Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 22, 2015.
Google announced on their blog today that they are launching Project Fi – a new mobile network for owners of Nexus 6 devices. Basically Google have partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and at a glance the service looks appealing. You only pay for the actual data you use at the very reasonable price of $10 per GB and any data you don’t use will be refunded at the end of the month. Furthermore, the network will seamlessly switch you between partner networks to give you the best speed and most comprehensive connectivity. Looks good right?
Currently the network is only open to Nexus 6 owners – but it would be naive to disbelieve that Google’s long term plan is to roll this out to the everyone.
If you don’t care about this stuff, then you will probably just blindly sign up for the service and frankly there is nothing I can say which will change your mind – but if you care about privacy, the last thing you want to do is give Google access to this level of your day to day activities. Even if you use a VPN for your data, that still won’t stop Google from being able to access your location, calls and SMS details at any time they choose and you can guarantee this data will be retained for as long as they can possibly get away with.
I rate Project-Fi at 0/10 for Privacy.