Insights on your use of Google Fi

I have switched most of my family to the Google Fi cell plan.

  • So far all use has been with Google Pixel line phones.
  • It has had good coverage so far (around Blacksburg and in Holland/Belgium/Germany).
  • The switching from wifi to cell tower has been seamless.
  • The pay for data as you use it has inspired less data usage than on an unlimited plan and there have been cost savings (and the max price is still in line with the unlimited price point).

Does anyone have experience with Google Fi and an iPhone? We have one Apple user in the family and I do not know how well Apple family services work with Google as a provider. Please provide insight if you have any.

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Which Pixel are you using with Google Fi? I'm considerig making the switch and getting a new phone for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Thinking similar stuff but dunno what deals will be around for a new pixel in a few weeks, they have a BOGO deal to start but it was with alot of fine print that made it not worth it. I'm done buying new stuff through verizon with all the dumb ways they make it not really a deal.
Would love to upgrade from my 2 XL to the 3 XL or even the 4 if the right deal came along.

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the 3, 3a, and 3xl can be gotten relatively inexpensively from google via amazon. i upgraded from my pixel to the 3a last week and it only cost me ~330 oop for phone + case, and activating phone took like 15 minutes because it's so ezpz to transfer between google devices

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I really like the 2XL so probably will go with a 3 XL simply due to it being reasonably priced and the free unlimited photo storage that the 4 doesnt have the same stuff

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Sorry, no iPhone use here, we've always used Android. My wife and I switched to Fi a few years back. We first used the Nexus 5X and now using Pixel 3's. We enjoy the service. Since we aren't heavy data users (3 - 3.5 GB/mo combined) due to WiFi use, it's way cheaper than Verizon. Fi has some areas where call connection/quality and data speeds aren't great, where everything basically always worked on Verizon. However, the improvement in connection isn't worth the significant price increase.

If you have 5 lines (ie, if you have 3 kids or create a joint plan with friends or extended family) you can get unlimited data on Verizon for as little as $30/line. We rejoined my wife's parents' account a couple years back because it made no sense for us to spend $140 for 2 lines when we could just send them $80 each month instead, and Verizon has since dropped the prices on the unlimited plans so we're saving even more.

I have used it since it was invite only and have never considered switching back. On a pixel 4 now which has Dual Sim Standby mode, which allows the phone to basically be connected to two LTE networks at once for a more seamless transition to the strongest source. That couple with their optional VPN which will also dump you back to the mobile networks if WiFi gets too shitty really makes the service great to use.

I know alot of this functionality goes away if you use an iPhone but overall it's supposed to still work just fine.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

How have I never heard of this stuff before always had verizon but would love to get away from that crap if theres something reasonably priced.

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I just got Google Fi and a VPN to use for a couple of weeks while I'm in New Zealand. This is the connection I'll be using to watch the next two football games plus Maui so I'm hoping it's decent.

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I have been a happy Fi user since signing up a year into Google Fi's release. I take a different philosophy with my phone in that I rarely use cellular data. About the only time I intentionally use data is when I am streaming the Hokie IMG network on TuneIn. There have been some billing periods I have used < 2 Mb of data with a bill of around $27.

I switched my daughter over to Fi because of cost. The functionality you don't get with an iPhone is the obvious autoswitching between cell providers and wifi. The other piece that may not matter is voicemail. Fi can't integrate with the voicemail buttons and listening to voicemails on your phone. The function is there, you just have to old school call your number, enter your passcode and listen to them. No voice-to-text but sort of goes without saying.

The best thing is Fi doesn't charge you to manage another phone on the plan so you can 'pause' service at any time (like when your 13 year old is being a sh*t) whereas Verizon and other providers charge you $5 bucks a month for this convenience.

I enjoy Fi mostly for the international coverage. It is just really convenient to get off a plane and the phone work without any kind of nonsense. Network switching is nice when I'm not in Hampton Roads. Around here, T-Mobile is just better than Sprint so I have signal spy notify me when it switches so I can switch back.

I do wish the data was a little cheaper. If I cut out international travel for work, I'd probably jump to another carrier with cheaper data.

edit: me read good. No iphone here. Been happy with my moto.

I have google fi but I don't have an iphone, i have an old as hell and way too big nexus 6.

I been on Fi since it was invitation only and it's been fine for me in all scenarios. To be fair, I don't use my phone much. I don't use much data at all. My bills are between 25 and 30 bucks a month.

But you'll pay up front for the device. My phone was like 500-600 bucks back in the day and new phones are much more expensive.

I just realized that my sister also joined fi after years on verizon, and she's happy with it too.

Id say go for it.

I had a Nexus 6 until I lost it in the woods at a wedding. I loved that phone, I think it was my favorite ever.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

You want another one? I prefer a smaller phone and when I received this one I realized how big it was. Combine that with the curved back, meaning that I can't text when it is laying on the table, make it a disappointing phone to me. When I got it, it came with a Fi case so it's been protected for its entire life.

New phones don't have to be that expensive if you're willing to compromise. We bought a Moto G6 (certainly not Motorola's flagship phone, but better than most budget handsets) about 2 months after it was released for $260 upfront, no installments. Our only regret 16 months later is that we just moved into a new apartment where we only get cell service if we hold our phones juuuuuuuuuust right, and for whatever reason the option for enabling WiFi calling doesn't appear where it's supposed to in the settings menu, so we'll probably end up getting something else here shortly. Preferably something else that's under $300, so I'll be scouring the Black Friday ads over the next few weeks.

Pixel 3 XL and have been on Fi for probably 4 years. Absolutely love it. Far cheaper than anything Verizon was making me pay and the phones themselves are great.

I hear the 3a is a great phone if you are looking for a great cheap phone just to get on Fi. They can be had for about $300 each right now.

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I hear the 3a is a great phone if you are looking for a great cheap phone just to get on Fi. They can be had for about $300 each right now.

don't have fi, but recently bought pixel 3a v cheap and am quite satisfied with it

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Not on Google Fi, but I don't know how anyone is still using Verizon. We are on total wireless using the Verizon network. Had to get our own phones, but then it was $57/month to share 30 Gb. Then we moved out in the country so no cable internet, but we have 5 bars LTE. DSL was going to be $60/month (because they were gonna make us get a landline as well) or we could just add another line for a total of $84/month. So I just picked up a Verizon jet pack and the three line plan shares 60Gb which is basically unlimited for us. I think we got up to 45 one month, but have severely cut back on our Netflix binging since then and rarely top 25 now and that's with my remoting in to work a bunch.

And yes, I realize this is a tragedy of the commons waiting to happen. If too many people switch, Verizon will cut access or raise rates for third parties, but for now it works great.

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I'm on total wireless right now and I'm not thrilled. I switched b/c of some bitterness towards Verizon. I mean, the coverage on total is good enough, but no roaming or tethering isn't ideal.

Sort of off topic, but I have a Pixel 4XL now and it's a great phone but just slightly annoyed they took away the fingerprint sensor. The face unlock works pretty good but none of the apps support it's use yet so I have to remember what all my passwords are.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

Are there any serious improvements from the 3XL to the 4XL worth the extra money right now?

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I had a 2XL so I am not too sure about the hardware improvements from the 3XL. In my experience with phones like this, though, if you aren't waiting at least two years you tend to be wasting your time and money.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.