Google's take on cell service. Simultaneous coverage across four major networks and amazing international support.
Google Fi works by using the Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular networks simultaneously. Google Fi is the only carrier to use three networks for coverage at the same time and dynamically switch between them based on your location. This allows Google Fi to offer superior coverage.
Dynamically switching between networks is limited to the Pixel, Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL, Pixel 3a and 3a XL, Moto G7, and Moto G6. All other phones will use just the T-Mobile network for coverage. You can check your phone’s features and compatibility on Fi’s website.
With compatible phones, Google Fi also allows you to make calls and send texts over WiFi using Google Voice and Hangouts. This is an incredibly cool feature that expands the coverage of your phone significantly. In an office building with weak signal? Traveling in the middle of nowhere? No worries. As long as you have WiFi, you can make calls and send texts.
Finally, Google Fi also includes a free VPN service for compatible phones. This keeps your data safe and secure when you connect to millions of WiFi hotspots around the United States. The hotspot features is also included for free.
Google Fi works by charging $20/month for unlimited talk and text, plus an additional $10/GB of LTE data. You only pay for the data you use, so if you use 0.4GB, then you’d pay $4. After 6GB of usage, or $80/month, data becomes free and the plan becomes an unlimited plan.
You can add additional lines to your plan for $15 per line. You can play with the slider on Google Fi’s website to see what your monthly cost would be.
Google Fi includes free international coverage in hundreds of countries. What’s amazing is your plan pricing and features remain essentially the same. You pay $0.20 per minute, $10 per GB of LTE data, and get free unlimited texting. Compared with other international options from other carriers, these prices are amazing. Google Fi will automatically connect to a local network offered in the country you’re visiting. If you choose to use Google Voice and Hangouts, you can also make calls and send texts over WiFi. This support article provides additional information on Google Fi’s international service.
No real add-ons are available for Google Fi at this time. You can add lines to your plan for $15/line, and international coverage is included for free. You just pay $0.20/minute for calls.