Project Fi from Google is by far the best mobile carrier for regular travelers. Why? They have the same $10 per GB cost in 120 different countries. That’s a standard data price, but normally when you go abroad, it costs about $12 per tweet you look at and uploading an Instagram photo requires remortgaging your house.
With Project Fi, you pay exactly the same as you pay at home in the US (but yes, unfortunately it’s only available in the US at the moment). When you get your bill, Project Fi divides it up nicely, so you can see exactly what and where you used:
It’s easier and easier to rely on WiFi these days, because even the bottom of the ocean has free WiFi now. But for those times when you’re staring blankly at a metro map written entirely in Hebrew, or you’re looking for a place to eat a fried snake hamburger, you can just grab your phone and open Google Maps or Yelp without worrying about your savings account, or lack thereof. Problem solved.
Project Fi isn’t for everyone though:
- It’s only available in the US.
- It’s only available on Nexus-line phones (which are really solid Android phones and get all operating system updates first, so if you’re thinking of switching, get one!).
- You also have to be okay with putting even more of your existence in Google’s hands.
Of course, you might be one of those people who avoids all technology when you travel. If that’s the case, don’t blame me when you’re sitting at a bus stop in Armenia, confused and lost, crying and missing your mom.