Google Fi Will Change The Mobile Phone Business

30 November, 2018, 04:22 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Google’s Cheap Cell Phone Service Now Works with Most Android and iPhone Devices

Long story short, the only way to use Project Fi to its fullest across multiple partner networks is to buy a phone from Google.

As for phone support, Google Fi now officially supports most iPhones and Android phones. It's also relatively low-priced, with plans starting at $US20 ($28)/month for unlimited talk and text, with an additional $US10 ($14) for each GB of data. "You can opt out of slower speeds by paying for $10/GB any individual data used above 15 GB in a billing cycle", Google adds.

As of this moment, you can visit the Google Fi site and sign up for service using most Android phones; conversely, iPhone owners are directed to get started with the Google Fi iOS App - though you should note that Fi for iPhone is launching as a beta.

"If you use more than 15 GB of data in a cycle (less than 1% of individual Fi users as of January 2018), you'll experience slower speeds above 15 GB with Bill Protection".

Previously, Google Fi only worked with Google's phones as well as some from LG and Motorola. However, the biggest difference with Google Fi is that it employs three wireless networks - T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular in spite of just a single network. Fi owners are entitled to free data-only SIMs to use in any device they please. Non-Fi devices will get regular-old T-Mobile MVNO service, without Fi's carrier switching or the recently announced VPN encryption.


It's a nifty approach that helps Google keep costs down, and Project Fi plans are much more affordable than typical wireless plans as a result.

To get people on board, Google is offering either a travel gift card equal to the price of a new phone, or a $200 bill credit for folks who bring their existing phones, but both deals are only available today.

The report says "Fi-friendly" phones will "offer the best overall user experience for subscribers", without going into detail on what that means, exactly.

Google Fi has always been a tempting deal for cell service, with the big caveat that it works only on Google-sold phones. "Over the years, we've built upon that vision by bringing you features at no extra cost, like global data coverage in 170 countries and territories, spam protection, and data-only SIMs for your other devices".

Since this marks the first time Fi is available on an iPhone, there's also a new iOS app. iPhones will need iOS 11 or higher, and Android devices will need Android 7.0 or higher and bands 2 and 4.

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