Hot off of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google's mobile service, Project Fi, gets a new name and greatly…
Hot off of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google’s mobile service, Project Fi, gets a new name and greatly enhanced support for the device – even if this device supports comes with any approach.
Fire name is simple-Project Fi loses its “Project” designation and is now just “Google Fi”. There is a cute new logo that you can see above, which makes “Fi” in a Google-colored art, which is increasingly becoming a trend in Google’s iconography. Google spoiled it a little by sending out “Google Fi” flyers (complete with the new logo) with some Pixel 3 purchases earlier this month, but now it’s official. It seems that the Fi site has been redesigned.
Project Fi’s biggest issue has always been the limited support for the device, but along with the rebrand, Google says that Fi “is now working with the majority of Android devices and iPhones.” This sounds like a Great improvement from the handy Fi-compatible devices, but the extra support is a bit complicated. First, we need to talk about how Fi works normally.
Google Fi works Google as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) operator. The company does not own any of the cell tower it uses for service and instead buys access from the major mobile companies and sells it to its customers. What makes Google Fi unique is that Google licenses earn from multiple mobile companies and bundle them together, using Google Fi in the United States, the device will combine T-Mobile, Sprint and US mobile networks and jump among them as needed. This gives you better, faster, less overloaded coverage than you would get from any of these carriers. But it also means that the phones need special hardware and software so they can jump from network to network.
The need to specifically change a device for Fi’s multi-carrier setting has meant that the support for the device has been extremely limited. In the case of semiconductor devices, there are a lot of six “Fi-compatible” phones: Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 2, Moto G6, Moto X4, LG G7 and LG V35.
Today’s wider compatibility message is not really that solves this issue. If you want full effect from Fi’s multi-carrier network, you still need to purchase one of these “Fi-compatible” devices. Google’s expanded device support, instead, allows a regular phone to work on Google Fi as a clean T-Mobile device. Non-Fi devices will get a regular T-Mobile MVNO service, without Fi Broadcast or the recently announced VPN encryption. It sounds exactly like Fi’s existing “Data-only SIMs” for non-Fi devices, just with conversations and texts that are added. You still get Fi’s existing free, free pricing, extensive international coverage and additional SIM data at no additional charge. But you will also get coverage that is worse than a true Fi device gets.
If Fi is a great deal for you, depends on your use. There is a plan calculator here, but basically it’s $ 20 per month for unlimited calls and texts, plus $ 1
0 per GB of data you use. You only pay for what you use, so your total invoice may change wildly from month to month, but there is a total monthly cap of $ 80. There are no agreements, so you can pause and resume the Fi service at any time.
To celebrate the new brand, for only today (11/28), Google has some Fi offers on its way. For every phone purchased via the Fi site, Google says that you get the same value in your choice of travel cards that you can spend on Delta and Southwest flights or with Airbnb and hotels.com “(because Fi has great international support, get it ?). If you bring your own device to Fi, you get a $ 200 service credit.
Since this is the first time Fi is available on an iPhone, there is also a new iOS app. IPhones need iOS 11 or higher and Android devices need Android 7.0 or higher and bands 2 and 4.