In the recent announcements by the search engine giant, Google informed that it has renamed its Project Fi into Google Fi. It’s not just the name, Google has also revamped its website with more appealing colours, fonts and has also launched a mobile app. Along with this, Google also announced that Google Fi will effectively support iPhone and many other Android devices like Samsung, LG, Motorola and OnePlus, among others.
What was Project Fi?
Project Fi was launched in the US in 2005 to connect users to the fastest available network at a specific location. Google Project Fi used to work on a Wi-Fi network or data connections provided by the US carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.
Now to broaden the reach of the feature and to make it available to the world, Google has renamed Project Fi into Google Fi and informed that it will offer international data coverage in 170 countries and territories. Project Fi hasn’t just got a new name, but, better features like it will unify all telecom operators and 24*7 human to human support.
Google Fi Phone Service
Though the search engine giant has announced that Google Project Fi will support iPhone models running on iOS 11, it is still in beta mode. Google Fi compatible with iPhone will have limited features. Certain features like calls, text over Wi-Fi, text over visual voicemail etc. will not be accessible for the iPhone users for some time.
Similarly, some Android phones will also have limited features. Full features of the service will be available only on Google Fi compatible phones like Google Pixel 3, Moto G6, Pixel 2, LG G7 ThinQ, etc.
How does it help the user?
Google Fi helps in eliminative the connectivity woes of the users. Though the project is in its early stage, once in its full swing, it will be able to solve many call drop issues. Users having Project Fi SIM card can easily ‘tap into a network of networks’ to get connected to the best network available in user’s location. Keeping the fluctuating network in the mind, Google Fi uses Google’s intelligent technology and connects the users to the fastest Wi-Fi or LTE network in their area.
Common features of the service Project Fi phones:
- Bill protection with flexible data
- Free high-speed international roaming
- Support for group plans
- Network switching
- Automatic connection to secure Wi-Fi hotspots
- Reliable coverage
- Easy group plans
- Project Fi SIM card to provide its services
- Access to 4G LTE speed
- Unlimited calls + texts
- No roaming fees in 170+ destinations
Things to remember about Project Fi Coverage, which is now Google Fi:
As the project is in its initial stage for newly added devices, there are some limitations. Those planning to try this feature on iPhone or other Android devices must be aware of these things to enjoy a smooth experience.
- 1. As this is first time Fi services have been launched for iOS devices, the owners need to follow a few extra steps to get the setup
- 2. Some plans will depend on the device the owners have.
- 3. Those who want to get complete Google Fi features need to own phones designed for Project Fi like Nexus 5X.
- 4. You can check Google Fi compatible phones on Google Fi website.
- 5. Google Fi cell phones are designed with special hardware and software to ensure smooth functionality and more security.
- 6. Users won’t be able to switch back and forth between multiple networks.
- 7. There will be no automatic connections to public Wi-Fi.
- 8. There will be no access to Google Fi’s VPN service
Those looking for Google Fi pricing and coverage can visit its official website.