If you have been following my postings recently, I have been extremely pleased with how Google’s Project Fi has contributed to my lifestyle. And I have just found one more. By requesting an additional data-plan only SIM card (Free $0) and reformatted an old NEXUS 5; with this setup I am able to get 90% of the function of a smartphone for free (only paying for the portion of data usage on a pro-rated basis of $10 per GB). The phone was reformatted with the latest firmware updates. I only added the necessary applications for her to use (Hangout, Skype, Google Drive, etc.). I customized the contact list within Google Hangout so it only has family members on there, essentially functioning as SMS for limited pool for people she can reach.
In the end, I am able to provide a smartphone with all the capabilities except for SMS/Phone calls but arguably capable of just about anything anyone needs. (ie. if she needs to speak with me, she can always do it via Google Hangout or Skype via Data Network). What is cool is that all of the homework and etc. stored on the cloud via Google Docs can be viewed or edited on this device. It was the perfect opportunity to explain basic cloud computing.