Google Fi network adds support for iPhones (and most Android phones)

Google’s Renowned Project Fi Wireless Service Is Finally Coming to iPhone

Google has officially announced that not only is the company changing the name of the MVNO from "Project Fi" to "Google Fi" (to reflect the broader availability of the service), it is also adding support for new Android devices from the likes of OnePlus and Samsung (including more devices from LG and Motorola), but it is also adding support for Apple's iPhone lineup.

That said, to get the best network performance, you'll still need a phone designed for Fi - the ones that worked on the network before. Phones that haven't been optimized for Fi won't auto-switch to Google's Wi-Fi, the same way they won't auto-switch through the three carriers. You just have to pop in a SIM card from Google to use the service. Today only, if you sign up for new Google Fi service and buy a new phone, you will get gift cards that total up to the full cost of the phone.

Earlier today, a post over at BGR was posted prematurely which revealed that Google is going to open up its Project Fi network to more devices starting tomorrow.

With today's announcement, however, none of the aforementioned issues should crop up anymore. And because the program is still in beta, Google says users are required to go through a "few extra steps" to get the service working via the Google Fi iOS app. What that means is other devices will not be able to flick between Spring and T-Mobile, something that Google Fi is well known for.

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Google said the service allows people to use their devices for data in 170 countries and territories under agreements with carriers in those locations. But you'll also be getting coverage that is inferior to what a true Fi device gets.

What's missing when you use an iPhone or non-Fi-certified handset, of course, is Fi's unique network switching.

Google's Fi service has been a popular choice, particularly among global travelers, because its plans are flexible and relatively cheap compared with many other carriers. That's noteworthy considering Google has a mixed track record in the services it supports: The company has discontinued offerings like Google Wave, Buzz and Reader, and though it still supports its Google Voice service, it hasn't put much emphasis on the service in years.

Thankfully, no matter what phone you own, you still get Fi's other perks.

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