Project Fi becomes Google Fi, finally comes to iPhones


As of today, the MVNO - now operating only in the United States - is known as Google Fi. Started in 2015 as a somewhat experimental service, the network originally supported only a few Google-branded phones.

Google also announced Google Fi support for many more phones, including iPhones and those from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and OnePlus.

Following rumors that Google would rename Project Fi into Google Fi, the search giant made it official today. This sounds like a big improvement from the handful of Fi-compatible devices, but that additional device support is a little complicated.

Oh, and Google is dropping the "project" label.

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The timing of Google's new investment into its MVNO is also interesting considering a number of other major brands are entering the USA wireless industry through MVNOs. For one, you're only charged for the amount of data that you use. Use just 500MB? It will be $25. After 6GB of data, Google stops charging you so gigabytes 7 through 15 are free and unthrottled. Fi owners are entitled to free data-only SIMs to use in any device they please.

A few other reasons I've been using Fi for the past year or so include free tethering, no additional charge for worldwide data, and relatively low-priced global phone calls. To get the full Fi experience, you'll still need a Fi-specific phone (which can be purchased directly through Fi). Past year the company started adding support for some Android One devices including the Moto X4.

Also note that not all plan features will be available to any Android or iOS phones you bring to the network. Some phones, such as the Moto Z3 and LG V30S, do not have access to automatic carrier switching and Google Fi's VPN. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to "Google Fi". Unlike wireless plans from companies like Verizon and AT&T, Project Fi uses home Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots across the country as one of its primary means of communication for both data and voice. These phones (Pixel 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL, LG G7, LG V35, Moto G6, and Moto X4), can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint towers to achieve well-rounded coverage. "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", wrote Simon Arscott, director of Google's MVNO, on the company's blog. But the Google Fi website has gone live, and it explains what's changed.

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