Google Fi Replaces Project Fi, Adds Support for iPhone

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Project Fi, which prioritizes Wi-Fi calling over traditional carrier calling, has been renamed to Google Fi and is now available for iPhones and certain Samsung and OnePlus devices.

Instead, these devices will rely on T-Mobile's network in the USA and the carrier's roaming partners overseas.

In India, mobile virtual network operators are yet to go mainstream. In order to setup with Fi, the iPhone users need to visit the Fi website and wait for Google to dispatch a SIM card in the mail. Plus, Fi happens to be a great network for travelers, as service continues in more than 170 countries outside the USA, and costs the same, too. These plans vary with group sizes and are charged accordingly. Users pay $10 per gigabyte of data used. After that, additional data is free, although the company may throttle speeds if you use more than 15GB. Unlike wireless plans from companies like Verizon and AT&T, Project Fi uses home Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots across the country as one of its primary means of communication for both data and voice.

In fact, over 70 percent of people we talked to in our research said they want more help with this.

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.

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To celebrate the rebranding of Google Fi, Google Store has kicked off a pretty big promotion that could get you up to $999 in travel gift cards as long as you buy a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL and sign-up for Google Fi service.

IPhone use, however, is still in "beta", which means users should be prepared for bugs, and won't be able to use certain features like visual voicemail and global tethering. iPhones also won't be able to make calls and texts over Wi-Fi.

All users have to do is open the Digital Wellbeing toggle in the settings menu, and they can automatically see all the data. Other times, Google Fi will work in a way that is similar to the mobile data. If you don't have those phones, the Fi will use one carrier: T-Mobile.

If you are a new customer, the user needs to port their current personal phone number during sign up and the number must be active too.