Google Fi is the new name of Project Fi, making the service available on more devices.
Google is busy at work taking over the world, or so it seems, based on how varied and prolific the company has become. Now, in addition to everything else they already have going on, Google is taking their Project Fi cell service, renaming it Google Fi, and making it available to a lot more phones, most notably “most Android devices” and iPhones.
Fi was compatible with Apple products in the past, but only through a SIM card, mostly for iPads. Changed data settings were the only way to make it work correctly, but now the service is supported directly. To help with the process, Google is releasing a Google Fi iOS app.
Being an “MVNO” or Mobile Virtual Network Operator means that Fi’s service uses the backbone of larger carriers, like Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. However, only Google-specific devices, like the Pixel, are able to alternate among the different carriers for optimal service. Other phones are stuck with T-Mobile.
Though Google Fi could always use improvements, particularly in the arena of supporting RCS Universal Profile for texting and number sharing, but the pricing model ($20 a line, $10 per gig of data), coupled with their “Bill Protection,” a cap of $60 a month, help make Fi a legitimate contender. A data-only SIM enables users to pay for as much as they use.
Granted, Google Fiber, an earlier attempt at broadband service, faltered, but the company has learned from its mistakes and has made Google Fi a dependable network. To further entice people, Google is offering travel gift cards for Air BnB and Southwest Airlines, for signing up for the service with a Google device. If one chooses to use a device they already own, Google is offering $200 credit.