Google Fi network adds support for iPhones (and most Android phones)

30 November, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Lynette Payne
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A plan that uses 4 GB would therefore cost $60 per month, but Google only charges for the data you actually use, so you could spend a lot less if you mostly stick to Wi-Fi. What it does is that it utilises the existing infrastructure of large telecom companies like Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile in the US to provide services like calling, messaging, VPN and mobile data to all its users. Most notably, they may not be able to get the same network coverage as someone who uses a Google-made Pixel phone.

Previously, Google Fi only worked with Google's phones as well as some from LG and Motorola. "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. Carrier partnerships with both Sprint and T-Mobile allowed Project Fi subscribers to get the best network connectivity wherever they were, and a simple pricing model of $20 per month for baseline service and $10 for every gigabyte of data offered clarity about just what subscribers were getting for their money. The service, now dubbed Google Fi, will be available for certain Samsung and OnePlus phones, as well as iPhones - though the latter will be in beta for the time being.

We say "up until today" because with Google welcoming all these new phones to Fi, those rules are changing a bit. While you can bring your own phone to Fi, in order to benefit from the full functionality of the service you still need to use one of only a few Android handsets that the carrier is offering directly (or has in the past).

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"When we launched Project Fi in 2015, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair", Arscott said. As far as semi-current devices go, there are a whopping six "Fi-compatible" phones: The Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 2, Moto G6, Moto X4, LG G7, and LG V35. Fi owners are entitled to free data-only SIMs to use in any device they please.

Other perks include worldwide coverage outside of the United States in 170 countries and territories, spam protection, and data-only SIMs for other devices, flawless for iPads. But now, the biggest news here is that this wireless service will not only support majority of Android Phones but also Apple iPhones.

But... Google Fi had limited appeal when the service was only available to Google Nexus and Pixel devices. Special deals will be available only for today.

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