Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Phones that aren’t built for Google Fi will have these limitations

Google rebrands Project Fi offers deals on all phones Google’s Renowned Project Fi Wireless Service Is Finally Coming to iPhone
Oscar Goodwin | 30 November, 2018, 04:19

"These phones include special hardware and software to move effortlessly between Google Fi's networks and provide you with even more security and reliability through Fi's new enhanced network feature", wrote Simon Arscott, director of Google's MVNO, on the company's blog.

Project Fi uses T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular's networks if Wi-Fi is unavailable. That's noteworthy considering Google has a mixed track record in the services it supports: The company has discontinued offerings like Google Wave, Buzz and Reader, and though it still supports its Google Voice service, it hasn't put much emphasis on the service in years. "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 far as the plans are concerned, the company is offering unlimited domestic call and texts in the United States along with global texts at just $20 every month. The service was earlier available for Google devices including Pixel, Nexus, four Motorola models and LG phones.

It's important to note that all the pricing for Google Fi is in USA dollars, so, you'll need to do some maths to ensure their prices are reasonable.

Google's Project Fi is now ready to expand support to the iPhone and more Android phones, with a rebranding of the service to "Google Fi" now confirmed. If you have a Pixel, though, or any of the other devices available through Fi's site, the cellular network switching feature is available (and extremely useful), and benefits like affordable roaming are also a major plus.

That includes phones sold through the Fi website (including all the devices that were previously the only support phones, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 families, the Moto X4 and Moto G6, and the LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ). You'll still get Fi's existing pay-as-you-go, contract-free pricing scheme, wide worldwide coverage, and additional data-only SIMs at no extra charge. While this isn't the worst thing in the world when transmitting data over a cellular network, it does mean you're left exposed on Wi-Fi hotspots unless you set up your own VPN. But now, the biggest news here is that this wireless service will not only support majority of Android Phones but also Apple iPhones. This deal is only available for today only (November 28), so you'll need to act fast.

You can check to see if your current smartphone is compatible with Google Fi here and sign-up for service here.

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