One of Project Fi’s promises for users is to make sure they always have the best connection available. This is achieved by having Project Fi devices constantly assess the current connection and adjust in real time for an alternate if available, even if this means switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. In a move to make high quality connections more readily available, Google announced today that they are partnering with U.S. Cellular for that carrier to become the third partner cellular network for Project Fi.
U.S. Cellular has service available in 23 states and virtually all of their coverage includes 4G LTE capability. Project Fi notes that most of these areas where U.S. Cellular has coverage are already covered by one of Project Fi’s existing carrier partners – T-Mobile and Sprint. Nevertheless, users can still expect gains to their service coverage and quality as an additional source of connectivity can help lessen the impact of obstructions like buildings.
Project Fi says their users currently enjoy a connection 99% of the time. When on cellular, about 95% of the time they have 4G LTE service. The addition of U.S. Cellular to the mix will only help to improve those numbers.
Project Fi says the additional coverage provided by U.S. Cellular will automatically rollout to users over the next several weeks.