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Google Fi Will Change The Mobile Phone Business

30 November, 2018, 04:20 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Google’s Renowned Project Fi Wireless Service Is Finally Coming to iPhone

Started in 2015 as a somewhat experimental service, the network originally supported only a few Google-branded phones. By expanding its network to other handsets, especially non-Android phones, and dropping the provisional-sounding word "project" from the name, Google is signaling serious efforts to broaden its user base and boost device support.

Unlimited calls and texts on Project Fi cost just $20 per month, and mobile data costs just $10 per gigabyte (GB). Anything over that is free.

In addition to that, Google has confirmed that for an iPhone to work, it needs to be an iPhone 5S, 6, SE, or newer. These can be ordered via the Project Fi website.

Google Fi is described as "a bill that's fair and flexible" on its official website, and that's true if you compare it to other United States carriers with purposely confusing plans and a long list of "incentives" with fine print. Most notably, they may not be able to get the same network coverage as someone who uses a Google-made Pixel phone. But in general, iPhones will have access to calls, texts, and data powered by T-Mobile's network. 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. For one, you're only charged for the amount of data that you use. Instead, if you want to sign up for Google Fi, those extra steps will be detailed within the iOS app as you go through the process of setting up service.

Interesting Engineering will continue to update the list of products out of Beta testing for Google Fi as that information becomes available.

Other features from the new Google Fi MVNO include free worldwide roaming, access to 2 million secure Wi-Fi hotspots and data protection through a Google VPN. 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.

Thankfully, no matter what phone you own, you still get Fi's other perks.

IPhone use, however, is still in "beta", which means users should be prepared for bugs, and won't be able to use certain features like visual voicemail and worldwide tethering. iPhones also won't be able to make calls and texts over Wi-Fi.

But despite the simplicity and appealing pricing, Google Fi wasn't very useful because it only worked with a very small number of phones, namely from Motorola and Google's own Pixel line.

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