Google’s Project Fi mobile service will reportedly be boosted by a major expansion of compatible smartphones this week. As that is a wireless service which is a great option for a lot of users, but it’s restricted to just a handful of devices.
Fi will add support for devices including iPhones, will be able to officially use Project Fi, albeit in a limited capacity. More handsets from existing Fi partners LG and Motorola will also gain Fi support, while the iPhone experience will apparently be in “beta,” which is a sign that users might run into bugs or be left without some of Fi’s features.
Project Fi is the Google-backed MVNO that combines network coverage from T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular, The service is appealing for its straightforward pricing: unlimited calls and texts are $20 per month, and mobile data is $10 per gigabyte until you reach 6GB. After that limitation, it’s free, but the catch here is that the customers experience slower speeds if they cross 15GB.
At the moment, Project Fi currently works only on Pixel devices, a couple of Nexus smartphones, and a select range of devices. But on data-only SIMs can be used on pretty much any device, of course, there are restrictions. It seems Google is planning to announce further official support for more devices.
Now, it looks like Google is adding official Project Fi support for iPhones, at least in beta form. The lineup of “Fi-ready” compatible phones – those that Google says has been fully optimized for the network – fairly short. Google is currently selling the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 2 XL, LG G7, LG V35, Moto G6, and Moto X4 (Android One edition) directly through its Fi website.
According to the new report, Google does have a catch for these other devices. The “full Google Fi experience” is limited to devices which are “designed for Fi.” That includes the likes of Pixels and other devices sold in the Fi store. Essentially it means that they won’t be able to hop between T-Mobile, Sprint, and WiFi like Project Fi is so well known for. That’s the major limitation for sure, though.
Interestingly, earlier this month, Google launched a feature that allows Fi customers to pipe their LTE connection through a secure, Google-operated VPN. Google has et to publish an official post about this change, but we presumably see something soon. Stay tuned for more updates here at TechGiri.com.