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Have you heard of Google Fi yet?
It’s Google’s way of getting into the phone service market. This is a good thing. A very good thing.
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What’s Google Fi?
Google Fi has prices on cell plans that are ultra-low. Service starts at $20 a month (plus tax). You get:
- Unlimited domestic talk and text
- Unlimited international texts
- Low-cost international calls (20 cents a minute in most cases)
- Wi-Fi tethering
- Coverage in 120+ countries
Then it’s $10 per 1GB for data. And no annual contract required.
And, you can use the data allotment in other countries – it’s included in the rate.
It works on a “network of networks.” Meaning that Google pulls from the closest service provider and lets you use their line, no matter where you are.
It’ll put your calls through wifi until you walk away, then it’ll switch you to a network.
Calls and texts are unlimited domestically.
And data is an extra $10 per 1GB. If you don’t use all your data in a month, it rolls over.
Where does it work?
Pretty much any country with a major airport and paved roads. All of Europe, most of Asia, and Australia are included.
Most of the US is already covered:
Parts of Alaska and most of Hawaii is included, too. 😉
If there’s a country you visit or call often, check the rates to see what Google Fi charges.
Why this is awesome
Quite simply: competition.
If you get the basic plan, it’s $30 a month. And for most people, it’s enough. You can always add more data if you need it (I’d probably go for 2GB per month for $40 total).
You can use your current phone number, or even your Google Voice phone number.
It’s also awesome to get out in another country and reply to emails, load up a map, or mess around on Instagram without having to rely on a wifi connection.
Also, the connectivity factor. If you’re a frequent international traveler, this is an awesome plan.
I’m thinking about signing up.
OK, so the caveat…
It only works on Nexus 6 phones right now.
I dunno, something about how the hardware supports multiple networks…
So that means no more precious iPhone.
But that might be a good thing. I’ve gotten way too dependent on my iPhone (and Apple products in general) the past few years. Change is good, right?
But for now, I think I’m going to wait until more phones are supported.
If I could just get over this mental block I have about the phone. I know it’s ridiculous. Especially considering I’m paying $100+ per month ($1,200+ a year) and can reduce it to $40 a month ($480 a year) for cell service AND take it overseas to use the data. That’s a third of the price.
If you do it, buy from Amazon (or somewhere else)
I posted the pic above from Amazon as a PSA. Google wants to sell you the Nexus 6 for $500.
But don’t do it.
Because you can get literally the exact same phone on Amazon for $350.
Just in case you decide to take the plunge.
Part of me wants to say eff the iPhone and AT&T and jump headlong into Google Fi, Google’s new phone service.
Another part of me wants to see other devices added, because I’m addicted to my iPhone (it pains me to type that).
For travelers, this service is amazing. And for everyone else because they’re undercutting the competition domestically by offering unlimited calls and text, and 1GB of data for $30 a month.
Please share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas about this new service. Will you sign up? Are other/better options already out there?
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