If you’re not sure how much data you usually use, don’t fret. There is a way to check. On your Android phone, go to Settings > Network & Internet > SIMand you’ll see how much data you’ve used in the past month. Clap Application data usage to see which apps use the most data, and you can also scroll through your data usage from previous months. On iPhone, you can view this by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data. If you regularly use less than 3 GB of data per month, then the Flexible Plan might be the best choice for you.
All prices above are for a single line; they all decrease slightly on each line as you add more. For example, I plan to add a second line soon to my Unlimited Plus Plan, which will make both lines $55 each or $110 per month total (plus taxes and fees). ).
Activate your chip
Once you’ve chosen your plan and signed up, Google will mail your SIM card. It took a couple of days for me to arrive, but I’d be happy to overlook a slight delay if it saves me from having to set foot in an actual shipping store. (If you are using Iphone or Google Pixelyou can set Fi with an eSIMThat means you don’t have to wait physical card.)
Once your chip arrives, you’ll need to use the SIM tool to pull out the SIM tray and insert the SIM card into your phone. Then download Google Fi . App (you’ll need to use Wi-Fi to do this since your chip isn’t connected to the network yet) and follow the steps there. If you are transferring your old phone number, it may take a little longer. For me, after setting up a new number, Fi was up in about 5 minutes. That’s it, you’re done.
I’ve been traveling and living in rural areas for the past five years, and I’ve tried every phone and hotspot plan around—none of them anywhere near this simple. The only one that comes close is Red Pocket Mobile, which I still use in addition to Google Fi. (We have more recommendations in Best cheap phone plan ) There are cheaper plans available, but in terms of ease of use and reliability, Fi is hard to beat.
Use Google Fi at a Highlight
You can use Google Fi as a simple way to add cellular connectivity to any device that accepts a SIM card, such as a mobile hotspot. You’ll need to activate your Google Fi SIM card with your phone using the Google Fi app, but once the activation is complete, you can place that chip in any device your plan allows. If you’re on the Unlimited Plus plan, that means you can put your chip in your iPad, Android tablet, or 4G/5G hotspot. You’re still bound by the 50 gigabyte data limit though, so make sure you don’t go crazy on Netflix.
The easiest way to set up Google Fi in a hotspot is to place an order Data only SIM. That way, you don’t need to use your phone to activate the SIM first. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be a difference between a data-only SIM card and a regular SIM.
Your question, the answer
- Do I need a Google account? Yes, you need a Google account to sign up for Google Fi, but you don’t need to sign in to Google to use Fi. I have an Android phone and I use Google apps because that’s what we use here at WIRED, but outside of work I don’t use any Google services other than Fi and it still works fine.
- Does Google Fi track my every move? Right, but so does your current provider. Google Fi’s terms of service say Google doesn’t sell what’s known as customer proprietary network information — things like call location, details, and features you use — to anyone. other.
- I’m traveling and want to use Google Fi abroad. Satisfactory job? Right. Fi’s terms of service require you to activate your service in the US, but after that it will work anywhere Fi has cooperate with a domestic network. One of the possible benefits is long-term travel. The TOS said that if you “primarily use Fi services internationally, you may have your international capabilities suspended”. There’s no official explanation of what constitutes “mostly”, but unofficially, I know a few people who have been outside the US for years using Fi and have had no trouble. However, as they say, your mileage may vary.
Tips and tricks
There are a number of features available through the Google Fi app that you may not discover at first. One of my favorites is the old Google Voice feature that lets you forward calls to any phone you like. This is also possible in Google Fi. All you need to do is add a number to Fi’s forwarding list, and whenever you receive a call, it will ring both your cell phone and that extra number — whether it’s home phone, second cell phone or phone at your Airbnb. live in. This is useful in places where your signal strength is poor — just route calls to a landline. Similarly, you can enable Wi-Fi calling when you have Wi-Fi access but no cellular signal.
Another feature that is becoming more and more useful as the number of spam calls I receive increases is call blocking. The Android and iOS calling apps can block calls, but that only sends the caller directly to voicemail and you still get voicemail in the end. Block calls through the Google Fi app and callers receive a notification that your number has been disconnected or is no longer active. As far as they know, you changed the number. To set this up, open the Fi app and see below Phone settings Because Spam and blocked numbers. Clap Manage blocked numbers and then you can add any number you like to the list. If you change your mind, all you need to do is clear the list.
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