With a landscaping business you need to stay in touch with your workers! Google just made it a little bit more affordable to do that. I’ve been using googles phone plan Project Fi personally for about six months. It seems to work pretty well for what I need, and I love the fact that it uses Wi-Fi for phone calls when I don’t have cell service (sometimes working in a metal building has its disadvantages).
If you need a new phone plan they offer group plans starting at $20 a month plus $15 per additional phone (https://blog.google/products/project-fi/introducing-project-fis-group-plan/). Data is charged at $10.00 per Gigabyte.
Project Fi works with a trio of networks that it can smartly transfer between seamlessly. Sprint, T Mobile, and regional carrier US Cellular are the providers, so you may want to check their coverage in your area before signing up.
As mentioned, one of the best things about Google Fi is its ability to deliver talk, text, and data over VPN-protected Wi-Fi hotspots. This ability to use Wi-Fi helps lower the monthly costs for Google. Similarly, companies like Republic Wireless and TextNow use Wi-Fi hotspots to help mitigate costs.
Google Project Fi Devices
Since it’s launch in 2015, Google has added pretty much every Android phone to their supported lineup. Google pushes it’s line of devices, the Pixel, but it’s not exclusive.
You can even use your iPhone on Google Fi as well now. You have to use the Google Fi iOS app to do so, which is currently still in beta testing. Using your Apple device forfeits some of the biggest advantages, though, besides cost. Signing up with either your T-Mobile or Sprint iPhone will lock you into only the one network. Choosing Apple will eliminate the seamless Wi-Fi network switching as well.
Understanding Data Plans
Google’s $10 per gigabyte offering on data might be where some consumers get in trouble. Consider that if you use a minuscule 3GB per month, that will tack on another $30 to your bill. Adding on the $20 for unlimited talk and text and you’re already to $50 per month, which isn’t necessarily a savings.
There are a few things to consider here.
Firstly, the seamless switching to Google Wi-Fi hotspots should negate at least some usage of data. It’s fair to assume that some of your daily usage will be in those covered areas.
Secondly, you won’t use a penny over your actual data usage. Project Fi will credit approximately one cent for every megabyte of data under your allotment that you didn’t use.
Lastly, Google offers a bill protection feature that caps your bill at $80 per month, effectively giving you 6GB of data coverage. You’ll even be able to continue using data over the 6GB without additional charges up to 15GB before throttling.
Is Project Fi Right For My Lawn Care Business?
Google’s Project Fi offers several enticing options in an ever expanding market. The ability to now use more phones, even expanding into Apple, makes the entry into using their service easier.
Take a look at your data usage on your business devices, along with coverage maps, to see if these new options can save you money in the long run.
If you don’t use very much data, or only need a few plans checkout options from Ting, and Republic wireless. Ting is completely usage based ($6 per phone plus text plus data, plus phone minutes https://ting.com/rates).