Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

The company says that users looking for "the full Google Fi experience" with seamless network-switching will still want to use a tailor-made phone like the Pixel 3, Moto G6, and others detailed on the Google Fi site, however. It's also relatively low-priced, with plans starting at $US20 ($28)/month for unlimited talk and text, with an additional $US10 ($14) for each GB of data.

While the service does support additional handsets other than Google's own Pixel smartphones, the list hasn't been extensive. And while there were complicated workarounds that would technically allow you to use a Fi SIM on a non-Fi device, doing so was complicated and sometimes unreliable. Formerly Project Fi, the service is now called Google Fi, and starts at $20 per month for unlimited calls and unlimited texts, plus $1 per 0.1 GB of wireless data.

Fi plans in the United States offer unlimited domestic call and texts, plus texting internationally, for $20 monthly.

Google's Project Fi wireless service first launched back in 2015, offering people in certain regions of the United States a new and unconventional alternative to traditional cellular service.

That said, Google mentions in the announcement post that "a few extra steps" are required to get set up on with Fi on an iPhone, but there's a companion app to help with that. "You'll have reliable coverage and the Google Fi features you know and love, like flexible data and global coverage".




Now, iPhones are Google Fi-compatible, but there's still a catch or two.

Following Tuesday's speculation about Google's Wi-Fi first network, Project Fi is expanding its lineup of compatible phones and changing its name.

On Wednesday, however, Google announced that it's opening up the service to more phones - including Apple (AAPL) iPhones running iOS - and renaming the service Google Fi. If Wi-Fi coverage is not available or too weak, the network will then switch to US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint or US Cellular's networks.

Some plan features will depend on the Android or iOS device you use. And visual voicemail won't work; instead, Google will send you a transcript of each voicemail via text messaging.

Long story short, the only way to use Project Fi to its fullest across multiple partner networks is to buy a phone from Google.

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