Google is offering data services in the USthrough a Mobile Virtual Network Operators license. And effectively having access to 15GB of data for $60 is pretty handy if you're an worldwide traveller.
Fi plans in the U.S. offer unlimited domestic call and texts, plus texting internationally, for $20 monthly.
Google's cheap and super-simple cellphone service will now work with iPhones starting Thursday. Thus, customers essentially can pay $80 for unlimited data service (users' connection speeds are slowed if they consume more than 15 GB in a month, though Google notes that less than 1% of its users typically consume more than 15 GB in a month).
Phones that aren't designed for Google Fi, like the iPhone, won't have all the benefits of the service, but it will finally allow the same billing model - with no contracts, no extra fees, and worldwide data coverage. On phones, which include Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2 XL, Moto G6, LG V35 ThinQ and LG G7 ThinQ, an e-SIM allows users to use Google Fi.
Project Fi is hugely popular among those who can take advantage of it, but that number was limited until now not only by location but also the fact that they need to be using one of a limited number of devices in order to take advantage of it. Google's Project Fi is now officially known as Google Fi, and the MVNO now supports a host of new devices from manufacturers like Samsung and OnePlus.
Google first launched the service over three years ago, and as part of today's announcement, it changed its name from "Project Fi" to "Google Fi", presumably signaling a commitment to keeping it alive.
"Our plan now works with the majority of Android devices and iPhones", Fi director Simon Arscott said in a blog post. If you don't have those phones, the Fi will use one carrier: T-Mobile. That's nothing new, but what is is the ability to finally bring over any other Android phone and iPhones.