Google is now a MVNO Carrier with Project Fi

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Google is now a MVNO Carrier with Project Fi

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Google Just announced that they will be entering the mobile carrier game with a new network called Project Fi or just Fi for short. This is a MVNO network (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) and will be using T-mobile and Sprint towers and coverage. So if you already use these networks in your area then Project Fi might be a good fit for you. Lets take a look at some of the features that will come with this new MVNO Project Fi

Features

1. Your data is secured through encryption when we connect you to open Wi-Fi hotspots. It’s like your data has a private tunnel to drive through.

2. Never pay for unused data. At the end of each month, you’ll get your unused data credited in dollars and cents, so you only pay for what you use.

3. Wifi Calling and Text just like many of the carriers are doing. also if you move away from that wifi your call will transfer to cell service without dropping the call.

4. Using Google Hangouts your number can be used to make and receive calls from youe computer, tablet, or phone of course.

there are c couple other small features that you can read more about here 

 Data Plans

  • Unlimited domestic talk and text
  • Unlimited international texts
  • Low-cost international calls
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • Coverage in 120+ countries

Above is the basic features of every plan for $20. but you have to at least add a 1GB $10 data plan as well so lowest cost at this time is $30 a month which isn’t that bad if you don’t use much data.

Data rate work this way $10 for 1GB of data tahts it pretty simple. Example if you want 10GB of date it will cost you $100 plus $20 for the basic call and text giving you a $120 total.

NOTE Project Fi is only available on the Nexus 6 at this time. And is set up as a invite only program. I am sure that Google will be rolling it out to more device as time passes. And yes you can port your current number over to Project Fi. 

 

MY THOUGHTS

Is Google’s New Project Fi the right package for me? Well the short answer is a BIG NO. Let me explain, I am what you might call a power user and go through a ton of data each month well over 10GB to say the least. This kind of data usage would make my bill over $120 so it is much cheaper for me to get T-mobile’s $80 a month unlimited plan which is what i am on right now. Speaking of unlimited, Google really should have offered an unlimited package at a low price too. If Google really wants to be a player in the cell phone carrier arena then they are really going to have to step up there game. Now if you are a 1GB a month kind of person and are always on wifi at home and work then you could get a plan for as low as $30 a month, thats a deal.  So is Project Fi right for you? It all boils down to how you use your phone and it could be a great cheap package for your kids or something along those lines. It will be interesting to watch and see  the direction Google will take with Project Fi.

US Cell Phone Carrier Unlocking Policies

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US Cell Phone Carrier Unlocking Policies

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Policies: Verizon | AT&T | Sprint | T-Mobile | US Cellular

First what is carrier unlocking and why might I want this for my device? If your device is carrier unlocked then you can put any carriers sim card in your phone and it will work as long as the device you are using supports that carriers network frequencies. On the other hand if your cell phone is carrier locked then it is stuck on whatever carrier you have and will not work on any other network.

Note: Most people confuse bootloader unlocking with carrier unlocking. These are to very different things carrier unlocking has to do with the Network and bootloader unlocking has to do with freedom to flash custom firmware / OS to your device.

Above you will find linked all the policies for these major carriers. Check to see if you meet the requirements and can get your device carrier unlocked for free through there programs. If you aren’t eligible then start Googling carrier unlock and you will find that there are many free and paid for services out there that can accomplish this task of unlocking your phones networks for you. Most cost 25 dollars or less some are even free.

As of today Feb 11th 2015 the FCC and CTIA is forcing all carriers to allow customers to unlock there phones if they meet the requirements listed. So go check out your carriers policy and see if you are eligible.  Now you will be able to bring your device to any carrier and not have to buy a new one if you don’t want to. As a customer you bought the device and you should fully own it and have full control not the OEM or the carrier.

Other Important Links:  FCC device unlocking FAQ | CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service

 

Debloater Tool for Android

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Debloater by Gatesjunior

This is one amazing Debloater Tool for Android devices on all android version from Lollipop to Gingerbread

How to disable or block Bloatware on your android device

Background:
So after many times of going back and forth blocking / disabling apps on my devices through the command line and or shell, I decided to write a program to make this all much easier for myself. Well, after I got it all finally running and doing what I wanted, for each particular device I own, I decided that his was a pretty nice program and I wanted to share it with the community. After all, this community is where I started and learned a lot of the things I know today. So why not share with my family of Android enthusiasts.

Requirements:
The program requires that your manufacturer USB drivers are installed for your specific device as well as the following:
• Windows Operating System
• USB Debugging turned on for your device
• Root or KitKat running on your phone
• Run as administrator, both Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Right click on shortcut, go to properties and then click compatibility tab and at the bottom choose Run as Administrator)

What does it do?:
• Block / Disable applications on your device
• UnBlock / Enable applications on your device
• Allow UnBlock / Enable all applications at once on your device
• Allows filtering of the displayed packages for quicker decision making

So, essentially what it does is this. It will disable / block any system and third party application on your device with ease and allow you to enable / unblock the application just as easy. It also reads everything, real-time, directly from your device, so that there are no messy batch files, scripts and txt files, etc. that you have to maintain and keep track of for every device you own. I mean let’s be honest, most of us own more than one device. Phones, tablets, etc. Who wants to maintain all those scripts and files for every device? The other nice thing that this program does is allow you to, at a granular level, control what is blocked/disabled and what is not. There are quite a few scripts and things like this available in the community that give everyone a start on what to disable/block, but who wants to scour through these scripts and decide what they want or don’t want with something someone else put together. The other nice feature of the program is it will display information for you about your device. Such as Model number, Serial number and battery status. As well as whether or not your device is rooted or not.

What audience of device does it support?:
This program supports many devices. It will support any device running KitKat, whether rooted or not. That’s right, if your running KitKat, your device does not need to be rooted. If you’re running anything other than KitKat, your device does need to be rooted. As long as these requirements are met the program will run. The program will also auto-detect whether or not your device is supported. So if you are not sure, plug it in and let the program tell you. If your device is not supported, it will put up a message saying as much and close the program.

Program Functionality:
The first thing you need to make sure of is that USB debugging is turned on for your device. The video at the end of this OP is a must to watch. It will describe this process as well as allowing adb shell permissions.
So when you first connect your device you will need to wait for the program to detect your device and whether or not it is supported. Once this is established, usually within a couple of seconds, it will display a warning message to you reminding you to be careful with what you disable and block. Yes, it will allow you, if your device is supported, to disable/block even system dependent applications. This message will also include, if your device does not support block mode, a message indicating that block mode is not supported and that it will disable the applications. Here is a sample screenshot of this.

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Once the program has initialized, and the warning message has been presented, it will put you into the main program screen itself which will look like the following.

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From here the first thing you need to do is click the Read Phone Packages button on the upper left. This will initiate the process to start reading all of the applications on your device and then list them in a list in the window. It will also indicate to you what it detects as applications that are already disabled/blocked on your device by putting a checkmark in the box next to the application. It will look similar to this.

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As you can see it will tell you in the upper right how many applications it detects as blocked and not blocked. You will notice that on the bottom left it has an indicator that is labeled Synced. As you make changes to the device application listing this will turn red. In other words, it will indicate whether you have made changes to the device application listing since the last sync. Also, in the upper right there is a counter labeled Changed. This indicates the number of changes you have made to the device application listing since last sync.

Once you have made any changes to the device application listing an Apply button will show up in the upper left replacing the existing Read Phone Packages button, it will look like the following.

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Once you click the Apply button the existing changes you made to the device application listing will be applied to your device. Keep in mind that you can disable/block and enable/unblock applications all at the same timeand then apply those changes to your device. After you have applied the changes to your device a message will be displayed stating the status of your changes as seen below.

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Once the changes are applied to your phone you now just click the Read Phone Packages button again to reload the information from your phone and you will now notice that the application(s) you just made changes to will indicate as much in the refreshed listing. As seen below.

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You will notice that the particular application I asked it to disable/block has now a check mark next to it indicating that the device itself has disabled/blocked this application.

So now on to filtering. Lets say you want to limit the listing to specific items you are searching for within the package name. Like packages that contain “vzw” for Verizon. You will see below by clicking the filter checkbox and then typing in what I want to filter on and click apply, it will limit the list to your specific filter criteria.

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And here is the results of our filter below.

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From here I can make changes to the listing, by checking the box next to the packages or I can simply uncheck the filter checkbox and return back to the full listing unfiltered.

You can also enter multiple words in the filter separated by a space, so you could enter “vzw Samsung” as an example.

O.k., so far so good. Now let’s say that you want to enable/unblock all the applications on your device. Maybe you’re selling it or maybe you have an issue with it and you want your carrier to take a look at it. By clicking the Unblock All Packages button and then click Apply this will enable/unblock all applications on your device. As if it is back to factory with no changes made.

Well community people that is it. I hope you enjoy the program as much as I do and look forward to your feedback. Gatesjunior signing out…

Download link: HERE

P.S. Video will be coming hopefully tomorrow, created and done by my friend: RootJunky, whom which spent a lot of time helping QA this bad boy !!

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