Google’s Project Fi is in vogue today. And the reason happens to be its change of heart that has prompted the company to promote its wireless network to something more ambitious. The company has officially renamed its wireless network as Google Fi. The christening not only signifies Google’s grand plans for the service but it also marks its debut in the list of the company’s mainstream products and services. However, rebranding is not the only reason why Google Fi is making headlines today.
Google introduced Project Fi back in 2015. Since then, the company has not only expanded the project to bring more mobile operators under its ambit but also extended the support of its features to multiple devices. And now, Google has expanded the support of the service to iOS and other Android devices including the ones from Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia and Huawei. The support for iPhone is still in the beta phase, which means that the service will come with its own set of caveats for the device, the biggest one being that it would work only with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and other newer models of the device while discarding all other older devices.
The service, in essence, would unify all telecom operators, providing users 4G LTE speeds along with 24*7 human-to-human support. Additionally, it would enable them to switch between networks swiftly.
In case you are still confused about the workings of Google Fi, here is a simplified explanation that would help you understand Google’s ambitious new topic better:
What is Google Fi?
Google Fi is a mobile virtual network operator or MVNO. What it does is that it utilises the existing infrastructure of large telecom companies like Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile in the US to provide services like calling, messaging, VPN and mobile data to all its users. With Google Fi, users can dynamically switch between those mobile operators, which in turn would provide them services uniformly without any interruptions, delays or drops.
The service besides ensuring smooth transitioning among multiple networks also securely connects the users to the available public Wi-Fi networks.
Users can opt for any of the plans available in Google Fi’s Bill Protection plan. These plans vary with group sizes and are charged accordingly. Google charges $10 for 1GB until Bill Protection kicks in. After that the data is free for the rest of users’ billing cycle. However, once the 15GB data is surpassed, speed of the data is slowed down.
How does Google Fi work?
Google Fi uses a special SIM card and software that allows the device to intelligently switch between the network operators. On phones, which include Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2 XL, Moto G6, LG V35 ThinQ and LG G7 ThinQ, an e-SIM allows users to use Google Fi. On other phones, that are not ‘designed for Fi’, users need to get a special SIM card to use the benefits of the service.
When using a Wi-Fi network, Google Fi routes the connection through a VPN making the connection more secure. Users won’t notice the effect of this change except that they won’t be charged for the using the data. Other times, Google Fi will work in a way that is similar to the mobile data.
Why should I care about Google Fi?
If you are living in India (or in South Asia, Africa, Europe or Australia), you need not to worry about Google Fi and it’s perplexing working scheme as the service as of now is available only in the United States. However, if you are living in the US, Google Fi could help in eliminating your connectivity woes.