Google Fi has officially announced that it now supports “the majority of Android devices” and quite a few of Apple’s iPhones as well. In the past, Google’s MVNO was only compatible with a select number of smartphones which were specifically built to work on the Google Fi network.
While the announcement is good news for those who simply wanted to use Google Fi with a device that they already owned, the official Google Fi supported devices will still have an advantage since they are able to seamlessly switch between T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular towers to find the best reception and data speeds. Google has indicated which network all other devices will be operating on, but we suspect that most will be connecting to T-Mobile since it offers the best coverage of the three networks that Google Fi uses.
If you’re interested in switching to Google Fi, the service starts at $20/month with unlimited calling and texting with a $10 additional charge for every GB of data you use. The additional data charges are capped at $60/month even if you use more than 6GB of data, essentially giving you an unlimited talk, text and data line for $80/month. Google Fi also offers international roaming in 170 countries with the same data usage fees it charges in the use (including the $60/month charge cap).
With this new change, Google Fi will definitely be more appealing to the general public. It’ll be interesting to see how Google changes its go-to-market strategy over the next few months. We won’t be surprised if Google Fi ads show up a lot more frequently across the web.