Project Fi becomes Google Fi, finally comes to iPhones

Thursday, 29 Nov, 2018

Still, phones that are optimized for Google Fi, including Google's Pixel phones and a few handsets from LG and Motorola, will work better. For full experience, you need to use a phone designed for Fi-like the Pixel 3, Moto G6, and others.

Regardless of what phone you want to buy from Google Fi, you can receive free travel gift cards matching its price (up to $999). But the Google Fi website has gone live, and it explains what's changed.

Google Project Fi is a wireless service that comes with a simple plan with no contracts or extra fees, 24/7 customer support, and Bill Protection.

As of today, the MVNO - now operating only in the United States - is known as Google Fi.

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The draw of Project, er, Google Fi includes features like worldwide data in 170 countries at no extra cost, spam protection, data-only SIM cards for extra devices, and that sweet ability to switch between multiple cell carriers so-in theory-you're always getting the speediest network at a given time. Carrier partnerships with both Sprint and T-Mobile allowed Project Fi subscribers to get the best network connectivity wherever they were, and a simple pricing model of $20 per month for baseline service and $10 for every gigabyte of data offered clarity about just what subscribers were getting for their money.

However, starting today, "Project Fi" is expanding beyond phones like the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, including launching on Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones, OnePlus, LG, and Moto handsets, according to Google. That's noteworthy considering Google has a mixed track record in the services it supports: The company has discontinued offerings like Google Wave, Buzz and Reader, and though it still supports its Google Voice service, it hasn't put much emphasis on the service in years.

But there's one catch: Google says not all phones support some Fi features. Among other things, that marks the first time you've officially been able to use an iPhone with Fi. First, it combines cellular and WiFi so that you may be making calls or receiving text messages over WiFi, but the service will seamlessly transition to cellular when you leave a hotspot. With Google Fi, Google is acting as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator)-the company doesn't own any of the cell towers it is using for service and instead buys access from the big cellular companies and resells it to its customers.