Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Oh, and Project Fi is getting a new name for good measure. The "Designed for" units get calls text and data on the aforementioned trio of networks, can auto-connect to "2 million secure Wi-Fi hotspots", get global roaming, and can use the Fi VPN.

Google's contract-free Project Fi wanted to be a refreshingly simple kind of cellular service when it launched back in 2015.

The plans are just $20 for unlimited talk and text each month, and $10 for each gigabyte of data used up to six gigs.

Google's Project service is no called Google Fi
Google's Project service is no called Google

The other thing that makes Fi special is the network it's based on - or, rather, networks.

Google Fi charges $10/GB of data, up to 6GB.

Google's Project Fi has now been rebranded as "Google Fi" and almost any Android smartphone can now be used in conjunction with the mobile carrier services, according to a new announcement from the search giant.

It's not a surprising compromise, given how Fi is set up, but it's disappointing one nonetheless.

Google has published an amended list of supported devices, adding "Compatible with Fi" phones to its previous handful of "Designed for Fi" models (which were various Pixels, LG, Modo, Android One and Nexus units). The same looks to be true here. Keep in mind that Google says iPhone support is still in beta, so the experience may have some rough edges.

If you are living in India (or in South Asia, Africa, Europe or Australia), you need not to worry about Google Fi and it's perplexing working scheme as the service as of now is available only in the United States. No matter what phone you use with Fi, you'll get great Fi features-like reliable coverage, easy group plans, and high speed worldwide data coverage for the same rates you pay at home.

What's missing when you use an iPhone or non-Fi-certified handset, of course, is Fi's unique network switching.

Handsets not made for Fi will only work on T-Mobile's network, won't include the carrier's VPN, and automatic Wi-Fi hotspot connections.

The Bill Protection ensures Google Fi users are not charged more than a certain amount.

That's certainly a vague statement, making it even more unclear what Google actually has in store for those wanting to give Project-Fi a test-drive - but we can expect to know more once the search-giant makes its official announcement in the coming days.

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