Google Project Fi is the Best for World Travelers, but it has One Major Drawback

Google Project Fi

Google Project Fi is one of the best wireless network services you can have on your phone, especially if you are a world traveler. However, Consumer Reports says that the service has one major drawback that is actually holding back not only its use but also its growth.

In the present world, most people’s lives will come to a standstill if their cellphones are taken away from them. However, many will be happy if this happens as they’ll no longer have to deal with huge bills that come with using these phones on a monthly basis. The good side of the story is that there’re always other ways to save and one of them is Google Project Fi.

According to Consumer Reports, this might just be the right time for you to start evaluating your cell phone plans. Apparently, many people are stuck with the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint just because they have no idea of the great deals some other smaller carriers are offering in the U.S.

For starters, you need to know that not all plans are the same and as such, different people will feel comfortable with different plans – and carriers. Whether you are a world traveler, a student or maybe a family man – you’ll always find something that suits you perfectly.

For a college student, you wouldn’t want to go for something that adds more weight to your already huge expenses on tuition bills. Most colleges have free Wi-Fi hotspots and as such, students would want something that makes it easy to jump between cellular and Wi-Fi connections seamlessly. This is also not so different from what world travelers would need, especially if they regularly find themselves in areas with poor network connectivity. For the family guy, a plan that makes life easier as far as customizations and affordability are key.

Google Project Fi

The likes of Ting Wireless and Consumer Cellular can do a really great job here, but the standout is Google Project Fi. The service is affordable, includes a highly customizable family plan of up to six people and allows for seamless switching between cellular and Wi-Fi connections. You can also make calls over Wi-Fi and to crown it is a feature that lets you receive refunds for unused data from the previous month.

Despite how good Google Project Fi is, Consumer Reports argues that there is one major drawback of the service. So far, you can only use Project Fi on a handful of devices that include the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and 2014’s Nexus 6. This is where the likes of Ting Wireless come in as you can use a multitude of smartphones on this service.

So, unless you are using any of the Google Pixel or Nexus phones, forget anything to do with Google Project Fi, at least for now.

3 thoughts on “Google Project Fi is the Best for World Travelers, but it has One Major Drawback”

  1. That’s a major drawback? You get to pick a phone, no contact, discounted rates and total coverage. The phones range in price from $200-650.00 and the Nexus 5 is the best handset they offer at an affordable price.

  2. The actual drawback for Fi isn’t the phone. The supported phones are all quite good and older models can be obtained affordably in the used market. But the actual problem is the cost of data. Fi starts with a $20 voice cost and each gigabyte of data costs $10. Voice plus five gigabytes of data would be about $70 plus taxes. The problem is, everybody else is offering unlimited data for around that same price, and there are even deals that end up being less expensive. If you use a lot of data, Fi is a terrible deal.

  3. Yep, cost is the issue. I had Project FI for about a year using a Nexus 5X. Last month, I changed from Project FI to MintSim. I prepaid MintSim for a year of service – unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB LTE data per month, all for $25 ( price requires 1 year prepayment). I was paying Project FI $30 per month for just 1 GB (and struggling to stay under 1GB).

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