Google Fi Replaces Project Fi, Adds Support for iPhone

Isaac Cain
November 28, 2018

It's not clear if Google will sell models with specific support for the primary partner networks of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular or if unlocked units can be brought on board. Both new and existing Google Fi customers can take advantage of this deal.

Project Fi, Google's MVNO wireless service, isn't just for Pixel smartphones anymore. But now, users are finally able to bring their own phones to Project Fi, where the most you'll ever pay for a single line in one month is $80 regardless of how much data you use.

Project Fi's biggest problem has always been the limited device support, but, along with the rebrand, Google says Fi "now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones".

If Google does make this an officially official new approach to Project Fi, it would certainly be a nice addition to the MVNO. For example, we saw questionable call quality, slower speeds, and the lack of seamless carrier switching when we tested Google Fi on an iPhone 7 Plus.

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Today's wider compatibility announcement isn't really fixing this problem.

Keep in mind that just because a phone is compatible with Google Fi means that it gets every Google Fi feature. If you're on an iPhone, regular SMS texting requires you to update your settings in order to work and visual voicemails won't appear in the Phone app. Phones that haven't been optimized for Fi won't auto-switch to Google's Wi-Fi, the same way they won't auto-switch through the three carriers.

Project Fi, Google's alternative to the services offered by major cell providers like AT&T and Verizon, has been around for quite some time now. Aside from the nifty pricing scheme, that includes access to Google's two million free (and secured) Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, to get you off of metered mobile data as frequently as possible. For any phone purchased through the Fi website, Google says you'll get "the same value back in your choice of travel gift cards, which you can spend on flights with Delta and Southwest or lodging with Airbnb and" (because Fi has great global support, get it?).

To celebrate the rebranding, for today only (11/28), Google has a few Fi deals going on.

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