Why I Switched to Google Fi and the Pixel 3
I recently switched from AT&T and iPhone to Google Fi and a Pixel 3 after a three-day trip to Paris last March.
Before I left on my trip, I called AT&T to see what it cost to use my phone in Paris. They said I could either pay an extra $15 a day or $60 for the entire month. I paid for the 3 days, but I vowed to find another option after I returned from my trip.
My research led me to Google Fi, formerly known as Project Fi. First off, it works in over 170 countries with no additional cost other than 20 cents a minute for phone calls. I don’t make too many phone calls, so this isn’t a real issue for me. However, as I begin to travel more, I’ll update this post if it becomes an issue.
Second, the plan is great! You only pay $20 a month for the phone service and $10 a month for each gig of data you use up to 6 gig. There is no additional charge after 6 gig, although your data can be throttled after 15 gig unless you pay another $10 per gig. This isn’t really an issue for me because I am normally on some sort of wifi. Again, as I begin to travel more, I’ll update this post if it becomes an issue.
Lastly, what I really like about this plan is that there is no contract and you can pause or cancel your service at any time with no penalty. So, if you get to a country that Google Fi doesn’t work in, you can simply pause your plan and pop in a local sim card until you move to somewhere that Google Fi does work. I love that flexibility!
The only sticking point for me was that Google Fi didn’t support the iPhone at the time. I’ve been an iPhone guy since the very first iPhone – so that made me a little weary.
However, after researching the Pixel 3, I decided to give it a try. Boy, I’m glad I did. The Pixel 3 is a great phone and it provided a seamless transition from IOS to Android. I barely noticed a difference. I still love the iPhone, but I no longer feel tied to it.
How to Check if Your Phone Will Work on Google Fi
Google Fi doesn’t have their own network and switch between Google’s Wifi Hotspots, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. They seem to have great coverage in big cities but make sure you check their coverage map if you live in a rural area.
Google Fi is a great option especially if you plan on travelling a lot.
Thanks for stopping by,
Oh, and let me know what countries you’ve used Google Fi in and how the service was!
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