Google's cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Google’s Renowned Project Fi Wireless Service Is Finally Coming to iPhone

According to the now deleted post, Google Fi will allow you to bring phones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, and iPhones “in Beta”.

Google's Project Fi is now ready to expand support to the iPhone and more Android phones, with a rebranding of the service to "Google Fi" now confirmed. What you won't get, unfortunately, is the ability to switch back and forth between multiple networks, automatic connections to public Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi calling, and access to Google Fi's VPN service. Fi owners are entitled to free data-only SIMs to use in any device they please. However, the offer is available only today, November 28, 2018, and will end at 11:59 PM Pacific Time (in 15 hours from the time we're writing this article).

But with a Google Fi app, which is used to manage your plan and activate Fi service, now in Apple's App Store, shady workarounds are finally a thing of the past.

Now, the service will be officially supported on just about any mainstream Android phone or iPhone from the last couple years. 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. Also, texting itself requires additional setup. iMessage, however, apparently works straight away.

Nonetheless, Google's announcement essentially represents a doubling down by the company on its three-year-old MVNO service.

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Google Fi is described as "a bill that's fair and flexible" on its official website, and that's true if you compare it to other U.S. carriers with purposely confusing plans and a long list of "incentives" with fine print. From there, you can pick how you want your plan to look like.

We say "up until today" because with Google welcoming all these new phones to Fi, those rules are changing a bit. For starters, Fi's most unique feature- carrier switching-isn't available for iPhones. The most noteworthy is tied to gift cards.

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.

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