In case you have not heard, Project Fi is now called Google Fi, and with the rebranding comes support for a bunch of additional devices, including several iPhone handsets and most newer Android phones. Google is obviously eager for more people to make the switch. To encourage that very thing, Google is offering a free month of Google Fi service to kick the tires.
There is a bit of fine print, of course. For one, the free month is only valid for new Google Fi customers who sign up before December 17, based on Pacific Time (the offer expires at 11:59 pm PST on December 16).
"To qualify for the service credit, activation must be for full service (i.e., activation does not apply to a data-only SIM). Afterwards, a service credit will be applied to the customer’s Fi account. Customer will receive an email notifying them of the service credit after all terms and conditions have been satisfied, and the credit will be applied to the customer’s bills around 3 days after activation," Google explains.
New users must also port-in their current personal phone number to Google Fi during sign up, and the number being transferred must be currently active. In other words, Google is looking to poach mobile subscribers from the competition.
Google Fi Coverage Map (Source: Google)
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Google Fi, it defaults to Wi-Fi calling when available, and bounces between cellular networks when there isn't a Wi-Fi connection available. Specifically, it piggybacks on mobile networks operated by Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.
The big appeal is pricing. Customers pay a base rate of $20 for the first line and $15 for a second line (if applicable) for unlimited calling and text messaging. Data is tacked on at $10 per gigabyte, based on actual usage, and in $1 chunks. So, if you have a single line and use 500MB of cellular data, your bill would be just $25 ($20 base charge + $5 for data).
Google Fi also includes a Bill Protection feature. For a single line, Google stops charging for additional data after 6GB, and for dual lines data is free after 10GB. Instead of charging additional money, data that rises above the cap is slowed down.
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