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Google's Project Fi offers fast data when you travel

Engadget Engadget 12/07/2016 Ben Woods

Starting today, Google Project Fi subscribers who use data abroad can expect between 10 and 20 times faster data connections thanks to a new deal with Hutchinson Whampoa, the parent company to Three in the UK.

While Fi has been hammering down mobile costs for domestic use in the US, it had been hampered by limited browsing while abroad. Previously, Google had limited roaming speeds to 256Kbps to ensure a reliable service for users travelling abroad before the deals were in place.

In addition to providing faster data in 135 countries for the same $10 per GB fee as in the US, Google recently boosted the wireless reception of the service for customers and removed the requirement for an invitation. You will still need a Fi-compatible phone though.

On Three's side of things, it's a move that makes a lot of sense -- it already offers its UK customers roaming that's included with your regular package in a host of countries, so adding another US carrier to the list can only improve its appeal to potential customers.

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