Being in the frame from around three and a half years, Project Fi has finally become Google Fi, something that all fledging Google projects want to achieve. The brand new logo with a name to boot came after Google announced that wireless network will now support “the majority of Android devices” including the likes of OnePlus and Samsung. The search engine giant also confirmed that it will be available for iPhones in beta version.
The support for new devices will legitimately increase the operator’s area of functionality as well as its acceptance, since previously Google only had it for Pixels and selected Motorola, Nexus, and LG devices. In the announcement process, Google posted list of all the supported devices including big names such as iPhones from 5S to XS, and Samsung Galaxy series from S6 to S9 along with several others from the top Android brand. The company also confirmed that as long as an Android device is running on Android 7.0 or later versions and has 2 and 4 LTE bands, it will be a Fi-supported handset. Along with that, it also confirmed that all iPhones included in the Google Fi should also run iOS 11 or later.
Google Fi Full Not For Everyone Yet
Interestingly, devices that support Fi by Google still won’t get full Google Fi experience and only those enlisted and available through Google Fi website will have the ability to switch anytime between multiple cellular networks and Fi’s Enhanced Network VPN service. Clearing the air, Google said that certain hardware and software required for the Fi functionality is only available on the phones listed on the site.
Still, we will have Samsung, OnePlus, and iPhone users that will leverage the other standard benefits of the Google Fi membership.
Google Fi membership for these devices will include a $60 bill protection data cap and $10/1GB rate in over 170 countries plus territories all around the globe.
In a try to gain new consumers, Google Fi also offered few deals for new activations and handset purchases. Couple of days ago, the new handsets purchased on 28 November, the company offered same amount of travel gift cards from Southwest, Delta, hotels.com, and Airbnb. Not only that but people who brought their devices to the carrier on November 28th got a $200 service credit.
Long Way To Go Ahead
With the new packaging of Google Fi arriving earlier this month, the offer failed to surprise anyone. However, it will be interesting to see how Google evolves its wireless service to come out as a mainstream network provider. The prices are still not convincing, looking at what cellular networks are offering. Google has to revise its plans as well as work more effectively in the project. Established carriers run into several problems such as net neutrality etc. We’ll have to wait and see if Google falls into the similar issues or leaves behind the networks.
You can download Google Fi from Google Play Store here or the apk