Google Project Fi is gradually leaving behind the “Project” title as it matures into a formidable wireless service provider that could someday rival the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T, among others.
Launched in 2015, the wireless service is limited to Google phones, but this will soon be no more thanks to the upcoming Moto X4. Up to now, those who want to use Project Fi must activate the service’s SIM card via any of Google’s phones namely the Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL and now Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
In addition to adding to the number of supported phones, the newly launched Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with something even better for potential Project Fi users. As pointed out earlier, you need to acquire a Fi SIM card and activate it on a Google phone in order to join the platform, but with the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, things are about to change.
Those who purchase either phone will take advantage of an eSIM feature that eliminates the need for a SIM card in order to join Project Fi. The embedded SIM card will allow Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to automatically connect to carriers without the need to purchase an actual SIM card like it’s the case today. However, as you’d expect, only Fi supports this idea at the moment. Whether other carriers will join the party at some point in future we can’t tell, but it’ll probably happen.
Unlike before where buyers of Google phones still had to visit Project Fi in order to be activated on the platform, buyers of the new Pixel 2 phones will have a much easier time. In fact, this could help spur the numbers on Fi due to the reduced hassles of getting and registering a new SIM card through Fi.