Google's Latest Project Fi Smartphone, the Nexus 5X, Debuts

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-03-11

The Nexus 5X smartphone, made by LG for use with Google's Project Fi inexpensive monthly wireless service plans, has launched at a special promotional price starting at $199 for a 16GB model. A 32GB model will start at a promotional price of $249. The special prices are good through April 7, when the phones will sell for $349 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB model. Project Fi is Google's inexpensive mobile phone service that came out in April 2014 under what was then an invitation-only system. Project Fi phone services recently opened to all users who buy or provide a compatible Nexus smartphone that will work with the service. So far, the Nexus 6P by Huawei, the new Nexus 5X and the earlier Nexus 6 are the only three smartphones that will work with Project Fi's network. Users pay $20 per month for cellular access, plus data fees of $10 per GB only for the data that is consumed each month. The monthly access fee also includes unlimited talk and texting, WiFi tethering and international coverage in more than 120 countries. Peruse this eWEEK slide show for more details.


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