Google Fi Now Works With iPhones - But Its Coolest Feature Is Missing
29 November, 2018, 00:26 | Author: Abraham Jackson
Since smartphones need the proper hardware and software to jump between networks and wi-fi for the "full Google Fi experience", some features may be lacking for iPhones and other handsets that can now access the service but were not designed for it.
Fi has become popular in recent years because of its unique approach compared with most other carriers. The service, now dubbed Google Fi, will be available for certain Samsung and OnePlus phones, as well as iPhones - though the latter will be in beta for the time being.
Google Fi is described as "a bill that's fair and flexible" on its official website, and that's true if you compare it to other USA carriers with purposely confusing plans and a long list of "incentives" with fine print. First off, if you buy any phone through Fi, Google will issue you the equivalent amount in travel-related gift cards, whether you're a new subscriber or not. If Wi-Fi coverage is not available or too weak, the network will then switch to US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint or US Cellular's networks.
Project Fi's biggest problem has always been the limited device support, but, along with the rebrand, Google says Fi "now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones".
Today's wider compatibility announcement isn't really fixing this problem. Non-Fi devices will get regular-old T-Mobile MVNO service, without Fi's carrier switching or the recently announced VPN encryption. You'll still get Fi's existing pay-as-you-go, contract-free pricing scheme, wide global coverage, and additional data-only SIMs at no extra charge. According to the Verge, Apple users will simply get a text when they have a voicemail, no actual transcript.
If you're familiar with Fi, you know that it uses multiple networks and Wi-Fi as part of its plan. If you bring your own device to Fi, you'll get a $200 service credit.
We say "up until today" because with Google welcoming all these new phones to Fi, those rules are changing a bit.
Google's Fi service has been a popular choice, particularly among worldwide travelers, because its plans are flexible and relatively low-priced compared with many other carriers.
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