What's missing when you use an iPhone or non-Fi-certified handset, of course, is Fi's unique network switching. Google announced today (Nov. 28) that it's opening up its wireless phone service to many more devices, including Apple's iPhones.
Now, the service will be officially supported on just about any mainstream Android phone or iPhone from the last couple years.
In order to boost the service, Google has also released offers for new and existing Google Fi phone owners.
Other perks include global coverage outside of the U.S. in 170 countries and territories, spam protection, and data-only SIMs for other devices, ideal for iPads.
Freshly renamed "Google Fi" service aims to take on traditional carriers by letting people pay based on how much data they use and roam internationally.
Reading the tea leaves, however, the Google Fi announcement signals to customers who love the service that Google isn't planning to scrap it anytime soon.
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Google Fi was built around the idea that the customers will have to pay for the data consumed and later came other benefits like worldwide data coverage, spam protection and much more. The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) allowed early users to jump between several cellular networks depending on what carrier had the better service at that time.
The iOS experience, which is in beta, reveals a refreshed look to the Fi app that all users should hope to see in the near term. "You can opt out of slower speeds by paying for $10/GB any individual data used above 15 GB in a billing cycle", Google adds.
Fi now gives a larger selection of phones the freedom to move between Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. As for the LG phones, Google merely says,"You might be able to make calls or text over wi-fi".
All the same, I struggle to recommend the Google Pixel 3 XL thanks to its extortionate iPhone-sized price - especially when you can buy cheaper phones like the OnePlus 6T or more character-packed mobiles like the Mate 20 Pro instead.
The report says "Fi-friendly" phones will "offer the best overall user experience for subscribers", without going into detail on what that means, exactly.
But... Google Fi had limited appeal when the service was only available to Google Nexus and Pixel devices.