Project Fi becomes Google Fi and adds iPhone support

Marion JacobsNov 29, 2018

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

Google Fi moving onto new, even more popular phones, is a big step for fairer cell phone plans in the US.

When Google launched its Project Fi MVNO three years ago, a major selling point was that customers would be able to use whichever network was the best between Sprint and T-Mobile (Google subsequently added U.S. Cellular's network to the mix).

In either case, by opening up Project-Fi to some of the latest flagships like Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy and more, Google is sure to benefit since so many previously-alienated consumers will now have the freedom to try and decide whether Project Fi is a good fit for them.

Speaking of which, Google is ringing in the Fi relaunch with two travel-themed promotions, both of which run for today only.

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But... Google Fi had limited appeal when the service was only available to Google Nexus and Pixel devices. Crucially, the service is now (mostly) compatible with iPhones, and to celebrate the change, Google is rebranding the service to just Google Fi. Keep in mind that Google says iPhone support is still in beta, so the experience may have some rough edges.

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.

Google is hosting a limited promotion to mark the announcement. The dollar amount you get in gift cards is exactly what you pay for your phone, so if you buy a $799 Pixel 3, you'll get $799 in gift cards. So if you pick up a Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage?

Or, if you bring your own device, you'll get a $200 Google Fi service credit that should cover your bill for quite some time. These gift cards are redeemable at Airbnb, Hotels.com, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines, so they can be used to purchase accommodation and/or plane tickets. For example, we saw questionable call quality, slower speeds, and the lack of seamless carrier switching when we tested Google Fi on an iPhone 7 Plus. Think you'll make the switch?

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