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Google wants to be your wireless carrierGoogle's new Project Fi service switches between cellular and wi-fi signals, and users only pay for the data they use. CNET's Jessica Dolcourt explains how the new service could impact other carriers and your monthly cell phone bill.
Google's android operating system powers more than 80% of the world's smartphones. And now the tech giant will start offering a wireless service. Google's new project 5 seamlessly switches you between cellular and wi-fi signals depending on what's fastest and available. Google hasn't necessarily announced, which wi-fi hotspots it's using for its partnerships. And Google's promising to encrypt the files so that you should feel a little but more free and comfortable using it. Google isn't building its own wireless network, but instead, partnering with Sprint and T-Mobile to use their networks. If you're in an area that would maybe be like a dead zone. Instead of you scrambling to try to find some other way to stay connected that may or may not be secure, Google's promising to do all of this for you. Project Five's no contract pricing plan could change the way other carriers operate. There's a $20 basic fee for calls, texts and wi-fi tethering. You pay $10 per gigabyte for data in advance. And at the end of each month, you'll get your unused data credited back to you, so you only pay for what you use. If this takes off, what we're gonna see is sort of, an undercutting of the carriers. Carriers could start offering the same kind of pro-rated model which would be even better for the consumer. Initially, the service will only be available on Google's Nexus Six smartphone. In San Francisco, Vanessa Hand-Orellana CNET.com for CBS News.