Google opens up Project Fi to more devices

Google can now be your wireless carrier even if you have an iPhone

Google can now be your wireless carrier even if you have

Now devices from Essential, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Huawei, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung, in addition to iPhones can be set up with the carrier - although extra steps are required to set the latter of those up.

Finally, Google is giving away some goodies to anyone who buys a phone from Fi (with service).

As for phone support, Google Fi now officially supports most iPhones and Android phones. Both new and existing Google Fi customers can take advantage of this deal.

Google said the service allows people to use their devices for data in 170 countries and territories under agreements with carriers in those locations. Google has also released a new Google Fi iOS app which will help users in setting up their iPhones for Fi services.

Google's Project service is no called Google Fi
Google's Project service is no called Google

Following rumors that Google would rename Project Fi into Google Fi, the search giant made it official today. Essentially, an MVNO ties up with a telecom operator to acquire bulk access to the network and offers services at its own rates to their subscribers. With a simple service model charging $20 for a dial tone, unlimited texts, and then $10/GB after, the no-strings attached plan gained a niche status, especially since data and messages cost the same throughout most of the world. If you've got a single line and use more than 6GB, you only pay a maximum of $80 for that month, thanks to a feature called Bill Protection.

Project Fi uses T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular's networks if Wi-Fi is unavailable. Users get money back for whatever data they don't use, and data usage over 6 GB is free (though Google will throttle speeds after users hit 15 GB). Unfortunately, any phone not built for the Fi network loses this functionality. But all that is meaningless if the phones you want aren't actually available.

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. That's noteworthy considering Google has a mixed track record in the services it supports: The company has discontinued offerings like Google Wave, Buzz and Reader, and though it still supports its Google Voice service, it hasn't put much emphasis on the service in years.

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