Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Project Fi becomes Google Fi, finally comes to iPhones

Project Fi becomes Google Fi, finally comes to iPhones

IPhone users can sign up for Project Fi with the new Google Fi for iOS app, which is now in beta.

IPhone users can sign up through the new Google Fi app, which is now in beta. Today, Google announced that it is renaming the service as Google Fi and it is expanding the service to iOS and most of the Android devices.

Fi "intelligently" shifts smartphone service between Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Wi-Fi hotspots to provide optimal signals, according to Google. Other phones will operate as they would with a normal carrier, though you may need to do some tweaking to get the best performance. Apple's devices are supported in a beta, though, so there may be some growing pains. "If you're looking for the full Google Fi experience, including Fi's unique technology to seamlessly switch between multiple cellular networks, you can use a phone designed for Fi-like the Pixel 3, Moto G6, and any other phone available on the Google Fi website".

Today's wider compatibility announcement isn't really fixing this problem.

Among the current field of Project Fi devices - those which Google has personally deemed "Fi- Ready" - include its own Pixel 3, 3 XL, 2 and 2 XL flagships, LG's G7 and V35, and Motorola's G6 and X4 (Android One edition) which are now for sale directly via Google's Project Fi store.

Still, phones that are optimized for Google Fi, including Google's Pixel phones and a few handsets from LG and Motorola, will work better. What that means is other devices will not be able to flick between Spring and T-Mobile, something that Google Fi is well known for. It all sounds exactly like Fi's existing "Data-only SIMs" for non-Fi devices, just with calls and texts added. You will also receive voicemails as texts and have them transcribed.

To promote Google Fi's expansion, Google is also offering special deals for today only. For any phone purchased through the Fi website, Google says you'll get "the same value back in your choice of travel gift cards, which you can spend on flights with Delta and Southwest or lodging with Airbnb and hotels.com" (because Fi has great worldwide support, get it?). And if you bring over your own device, you can get up to $200 in Fi service credit.

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