Google Fi brings cheap wireless service to most iPhones and Android phones

Judy Cobb
November 28, 2018

Project Fi has since expanded to work across the country and with a number of different smartphone models.

Still, phones that are optimized for Google Fi, including Google's Pixel phones and a few handsets from LG and Motorola, will work better. What you won't get, unfortunately, is the ability to switch back and forth between multiple networks, automatic connections to public Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi calling, and access to Google Fi's VPN service. Fi owners are entitled to free data-only SIMs to use in any device they please. Want a phone that can make full use of seamless switching from one wireless network to another? The wireless service is also available for iPhones for the first time, but the iPhone version is still in beta and requires use of a new Google Fi iOS app. If you're a new subscriber and bring your current phone to Fi, you'll receive $200 off via billing credit. You can go here to see if your phone is compatible with Google Fi and which features may or may not be missing. And for the first time ever, that list includes iPhones.

Project Fi, Google's own MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), has been rebranded and now has a new name, as well as a redesigned website.

There's no blog post about the new service yet. It also offers several features like worldwide data coverage in 170 countries and territories, spam protection, and data-only SIMs for other devices.

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That includes phones sold through the Fi website (including all the devices that were previously the only support phones, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 families, the Moto X4 and Moto G6, and the LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ). You can officially use your iPhone on Google Fi.

The rebrand is easy-Project Fi is losing its "Project" designation and is now just "Google Fi". To keep bills from getting out of control, the monthly cost maxes out at $80 per month for individuals, providing up to 15 GB at full speeds. If you're a new or existing customer and purchase a Google Fi phone, Google will give you back the amount you paid in the form of a gift card for Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Airbnb or Hotels.com.

Officially supporting iPhones is particularly significant for Fi in the U.S, where tinkerers have always been experimenting with ways to get around Google's device restrictions, says Google product manager Dhwani Shah.

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