Google Fi Now Works With iPhones - But Its Coolest Feature Is Missing

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As of this moment, you can visit the Google Fi site and sign up for service using most Android phones; conversely, iPhone owners are directed to get started with the Google Fi iOS App - though you should note that Fi for iPhone is launching as a beta. First, it combines cellular and WiFi so that you may be making calls or receiving text messages over WiFi, but the service will seamlessly transition to cellular when you leave a hotspot. This means that consumers never pay more than $80 per month, and potentially a lot less if they don't use much data. Those phones can automatically switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular networks depending on which has the best signal, whereas The Verge reports that other phones appear to be sticking with T-Mobile only. 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.

A few other reasons I've been using Fi for the past year or so include free tethering, no additional charge for global data, and relatively affordable worldwide phone calls. Google's expanded device support will instead allow any normal phone to work on Google Fi as a purely T-Mobile device.

Now, iPhones are Google Fi-compatible, but there's still a catch or two.

Now Google says you can use most Android phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and others. Indeed, that merger could also eliminate one of the major elements of Google's current MVNO proposition: that users can rely on not one wireless network but three.

Next: Google Fi plans: What are your options? Then you'll need a phone that's officially created to support Fi.

Google Project Fi is a wireless service that comes with a simple plan with no contracts or extra fees, 24/7 customer support, and Bill Protection.

If you buy the 128GB Pixel 3 XL, you can mix-and-match individual gift cards for services like Delta Airlines, Airbnb, Southwest Airlines, and Hotels.com, equal to $999. The company says that users looking for "the full Google Fi experience" with seamless network-switching will still want to use a tailor-made phone like the Pixel 3, Moto G6, and others detailed on the Google Fi site, however.

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