Google's cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Google's cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Google's cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

The service, now dubbed Google Fi, will be available for certain Samsung and OnePlus phones, as well as iPhones - though the latter will be in beta for the time being. And the new service now supports iPhone and most Android phones, addressing Fi's only major drawback.

For any phone purchased through the Fi website, Google says you'll get "the same value back in your choice of travel gift cards, which you can spend on flights with Delta and Southwest or lodging with Airbnb and" (because Fi has great global support, get it?). Since Google won't be selling them directly through the wireless service, they might not support things like fast network switching between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi, or even enhanced network features.

It's also important to note that numerous devices that now support Fi still won't get the "full Google Fi experience". On Tuesday, however, Google announced a number of new phones that are compatible with Project Fi.

You could technically get Project Fi to work on iPhones and other smartphones before today's announcement.

With today's announcement, however, none of the aforementioned issues should crop up anymore. You'll still get Fi's existing pay-as-you-go, contract-free pricing scheme, wide worldwide coverage, and additional data-only SIMs at no extra charge.

When it comes to iPhones, iMessage works just fine but you will have to update your iPhone's MMS settings to send and receive texts with non-iPhones. First we need to talk about how Fi normally works. But you'll also be getting coverage that is inferior to what a true Fi device gets. Unlike wireless plans from companies like Verizon and AT&T, Project Fi uses home Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots across the country as one of its primary means of communication for both data and voice.

Long story short, the only way to use Project Fi to its fullest across multiple partner networks is to buy a phone from Google. From there, you can pick how you want your plan to look like. You can spend these gift cards on flights, lodging, and more.

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