And, while the focus is on United States customers using Android handsets it also works on iPhones and can be purchased outside the US.
Google GOOGL 's super-simple and cheap cell phone service will now work with a broader selection of devices, including iPhones from arch-rival Apple AAPL. That's changing today: the company is adding support for a whole lot more phones, including official iPhone compatibility for the first time. However, if you are living in the US, Google Fi could help in eliminating your connectivity woes.
The draw of Project, er, Google Fi includes features like worldwide data in 170 countries at no extra cost, spam protection, data-only SIM cards for extra devices, and that sweet ability to switch between multiple cell carriers so-in theory-you're always getting the speediest network at a given time.
After more than three years, Google is finally expanding "Project Fi" in a major way.
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The service besides ensuring smooth transitioning among multiple networks also securely connects the users to the available public Wi-Fi networks.
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. In the rare instance that someone uses more than 15GB in a single billing period, remaining cellular data may be throttled but is still free. Today only, if you sign up for new Google Fi service and buy a new phone, you will get gift cards that total up to the full cost of the phone.
Missing from the non-Google phones: a seamless setup, visual voicemail, and automatic network switching. 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. For BYOP customers, they can get $200 of credit towards Fi service. If you want the full power of Fi's multi-carrier network, you will still need to buy one of the above "Fi-compatible" devices.