Not being able to watch Elon Musk’s space Tesla live in high-definition because of mobile data limits just doesn’t feel right. If Elon can shoot a car into space, carriers should be able to offer unlimited data plans that don’t feel like they came straight from 2008. Well, Google has recently sort of introduced its unlimited data plan, and we simply couldn’t wait to compare it with T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, which is widely considered to offer the best band for your buck.
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Introducing Bill Protection
Bill Protection is a new feature of Project Fi that essentially turns it into an unlimited data plan. With Bill Protection, Google has put a hard cap on what it charges its customers each month for mobile data.
Before the introduction of Bill Protection, Project Fi customers paid $20 a month for unlimited domestic calls and texts with 24/7 support and $10 for 1 GB of mobile data. This basic pricing structure remains the same, but Google has simply stopped charging for data past 6 GB for 1 person. What’s best about Bill Protection is the fact that your mobile internet speed remains the same until you consume 15 GB of mobile data, which, according to Google, only 1 percent of its customers do. In other words, Bill Protection ensures that you’ll never pay more than $80 no matter how much data you consume.
You can still add up to 5 more people and share your data plan with them for $15 a month for each person. When two people share a plan, the data limit is 10 GB, instead of just 6 GB. And for each additional person, the data limit increases by 2 GB, although the 15 GB limit still remains.
Bill Protection also extends more than 170 countries and destinations where Google’s customers can use Project Fi, making it great for international travelers who are tired of worrying about possible overcharges.
Project Fi Versus T-Mobile Unlimited
T-Mobile’s $70-a-month T-Mobile One unlimited plan includes 50 GB of mobile data and free international mobile internet access in over 140 countries. Since the plan also includes unlimited texting and talk domestically and unlimited texting internationally, T-Mobile One would be a better plan than Project Fi with Bill Protection if it wasn’t for a handful of annoying limitations.
For starters, T-Mobile One only lets you stream videos in 480p. Watching Elon Musk shoot a Tesla into space in 480p almost seems like blasphemy to us. T-Mobile should have realized by now that modern smartphones moved past the Full HD resolution some time ago, so offering only 480p with a data limit of 50 GB just seems non-sensical. What’s more, the international internet access is limited to 2G speeds, or 128 kbps to be more precise.
That said, you can pay $10 extra each month for T-Mobile One Plus to stream HD video and enjoy international mobile internet speeds of up to 256 kbps, which would increase the monthly price to $80—the same as what a month of Project Fi costs.