Now that Project Fi is called ‘Google Fi’ and works with all phones, the promotions are ramping up. As announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (of all places), new customers who sign up for Fi can get $100 in service credit. Assuming you use around 2GB of data per month, that’s roughly three months of free service.
Excited is an understatement—we’re talkin’ about @TheEllenShow levels of excitement. 😱
This holiday season, sign up with Google Fi and score $100 in credit. Read MoreNew Google Fi customers can get $100 of free service credit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
When Google revealed Project Fi had become Google Fi (and added support for a whole lot of new devices) this morning, it also launched a tempting one-day deal. Today, November 28th, anyone who purchases a phone through Google Fi before 11:59 PM PT can get up to a $1,000 credit from Airbnb, Hotels.com, Southwest Airlines, or Delta Air Lines.
$1,000 for a vacation is an appealing prospect, especially for those already considering an upgrade (or a particularly infuriating one for those who just purchased a Pixel 3) – but, as with any deal, there’s a fair amount of fine print. Read MoreGoogle Fi’s travel deal could get you $1000 in Airbnb, Hotels.com, or Southwest gift cards – but it’s today only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Fi has officially announced that it now supports “the majority of Android devices” and quite a few of Apple’s iPhones as well. In the past, Google’s MVNO was only compatible with a select number of smartphones which were specifically built to work on the Google Fi network.
While the announcement is good news for those who simply wanted to use Google Fi with a device that they already owned, the official Google Fi supported devices will still have an advantage since they are able to seamlessly switch between T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular towers to find the best reception and data speeds. Google has indicated which network all other devices will be operating on, but we suspect that most will be connecting to T-Mobile since it offers the best coverage of the three networks that Google Fi uses.
If you’re interested in switching to Google Fi, the service starts at $20/month with unlimited calling and texting with a $10 additional charge for every GB of data you use. The additional data charges are capped at $60/month even if you use more than 6GB of data, essentially giving you an unlimited talk, text and data line for $80/month. Google Fi also offers international roaming in 170 countries with the same data usage fees it charges in the use (including the $60/month charge cap).
With this new change, Google Fi will definitely be more appealing to the general public. It’ll be interesting to see how Google changes its go-to-market strategy over the next few months. We won’t be surprised if Google Fi ads show up a lot more frequently across the web.
UPDATE: Google Fi has officially announced support for more Android devices.
Thanks to a now-pulled news piece, we may be getting a look at the future of Google Fi. According to the article that originally appeared over at BGR, it looks like Google is going to expand the lineup of phones it allows on its MVNO, Fi.
Currently, Google recommends that you purchase only the devices it sells to work on its network. Those range from Google’s own Pixel lineup to offerings from Motorola and LG. If the information in the BGR piece is accurate, you will soon be able to use devices from Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple. This change is potentially huge for customers looking for a low-cost option but are tied to a specific device. This news comes several weeks after we learned that Project Fi has been rebranded to Google Fi, implying that Google may be looking at changes to the service which will make it more appealing to mainstream consumers.
Google does give the disclaimer that you may not get the “full Google Fi experience” if your device isn’t “designed for Fi.” But what exactly does that mean? Right now, the devices that Google sells all have the ability to quickly switch between service providers. Like all MVNO carriers, Fi leases unused tower space from larger service providers. In this case, Fi leases space from T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. Designed for Fi phones are able to quickly switch between towers they’re connecting to based on which has the strongest signal. Fi offers a base of $20 per month for calling and texting and $10 per month for each gig of data that you use. Additionally, data rates are capped at $60 per month no matter how much data you use so customer costs don’t spin out of control. For users who use very little data or a ton of data, these rates are great and now the expanded choice of phones makes Google Fi even more compelling.
It’s yet to be seen if a move like this will entice customers to come on board. The quick network switching is one of the biggest reasons to join Project Fi and if you’re unable to take advantage of that, Fi looks like any other carrier. But, what do you think? Does this make you more likely to consider Fi in the future? Let us know in the comments.
Source: BGR via Droid-Life
Project Fi has made the leap that all fledgling Google projects aspire to – after around three-and-a-half years, it has dropped the “project” and evolved into “Google Fi,” with a brand new logo to boot. Along with the name change, Google has announced that the wireless provider now supports “the majority of Android devices,” including Samsung and OnePlus handsets, and iPhones (in beta).
The addition of phones from these new brands significantly broadens the operator’s scope, since it previously only offered service for Pixels and select Nexus, Motorola, and LG devices. Google has posted lists of all the Fi-supported smartphones by brand, including iPhones from 5S through XS, and Samsung smartphones from S6 to S9 (along with several others). Read MoreProject Fi is now Google Fi and supports phones from Samsung, OnePlus, and even iPhones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google has dropped the price on its latest pair of flagships via the Google Store between $150-200, but Project Fi is set to one-up that offer. From now until next Tuesday (11/27) you can get a cumulative $400 off either the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL — $200 in an up-front discount, and $200 in the form of bill credits.
Don’t like bill credits? You can also get an up-front $400 off the LG V35 ThinQ or G7 ThinQ with activation. Read MoreGet a combined $400 off a Pixel 3 or 3 XL via Project Fi, plus discounts on other phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google’s virtual cellular network Project Fi has been around for over three years now. Despite that, the service has retained the “project” name. Not that Google is known for taking services out of beta in a reasonable timeframe, as Gmail stayed in beta for over five years.
However, we might be seeing a full Project Fi rebrand soon. A Reddit user by the name of u/moonlightclergy purchased a new Google Pixel 3 received a pamphlet offering “Google Fi” rather than Project Fi, complete with a new colorful logo. However, the service retains the same Google URL.
Other than the new logo and name, there are no obvious changes to the service according to the pamphlet. We shouldn’t rule out major changes or new perks, but we’ll have to wait for the official Google announcement to find out what’s in store for us. If Google is working on bigger changes for Google Fi, what would you like to see added, removed or tweaked?
Those of you who have a Project Fi group plan might have been frustrated by finding that your promotional credits couldn’t be used to bring the cost of your overall bill down. Thankfully, that’s now changing as Google is letting users share credits with other group plan members.
A verified Project Fi Googler took to Reddit to announce the good news, and this support page backs it up. If you’ve already opted into Fi credits, you shouldn’t have to do anything else and sharing should already be possible. Read MoreProject Fi now lets you share credits with other group plan members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/09/18 8:50am PDT
OK, so you’re hoping to take advantage of one of these Project Fi service-credit deals, but you don’t have several hundred bucks — even with these discounts in play —
Project Fi has been selling select devices at steep discounts lately. Last month, the carrier offered hundreds of dollars of service credit with the purchase of certain LG phones, or $200 off a Pixel 2 XL. Read More[Update: Moto G6 promo returns] Project Fi will take $250 off a Pixel 2 XL, or $300 off an LG V35 and G7 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.