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Is Google Making Affordable Phones Compatible With Project Fi?

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One of the biggest concerns people have about Google Project Fi is that it has a limited number of compatible devices. And to make matters worse, the roster of devices to choose from comprise of high-end  models that usually cost a lot of money. Currently, the devices you'd find compatible with Project Fi include models like the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. These phones cost up to $870. 

Because of this reason, there are many who opt to stay away from Project Fi's service, no matter how tempting it can be. But this just might change pretty soon.

Earlier today, Project Fi responded to a Tweet by @IconkaCom who said: "@projectfi honestly, no plans to let more ok-priced phones in? My #nexus5x died in the rain, and that leaves me with no choice but opt out"

Responding to this Tweet, Google said, "We hear you loud and clear. Keep an eye out for a new Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price from one of our partners later this year."

There's no specific details on which phone maker Google will be partnering with for Project Fi. The Tweet also did not mention a particular smartphone model will be available. But Google did recently expand Project Fi availability to its customers under G Suite. If anything, this could be a clear indication that Google is serious about offering Project Fi service to customers who don't want a high-end device.


Source: PhoneScoop

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  1. The problem is that they don't let you pop the sim into just any phone.

    Other MVNOs do, making them a lot easier to afford and juggle phones with than a carrier that limits compatible devices and follows in the footsteps of Freedompop, Republic and post-Sprintmageddon RingPlus.

    Project Fi has no real future given how uncompetitive it still is.

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    1. I agree full BYOD is a problem. I would have considered them for a couple of low-usage lines myself. But in their defense, there's no other multi-network carrier like them.

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    2. T-mobile coverage is better than Sprint's, so they might as well be a straight up T-mobile MVNO.

      In fact, they'd be a lot more competitive if they were.

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    3. "T-mobile coverage is better than Sprint's, so they might as well be a straight up T-mobile MVNO."

      True... Sprint has such a bad reputation, that it would improve the bottom line of any MVNO, even those with just Sprint, to not mention Sprint. I have seen several MVNO's before that were ashamed to be on Sprint and they tried to hide it.

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  2. If unlimited talk/text = $15 or less / month
    & if data is reduced to $5 / GB
    I would be all in (as a low-data type user when not around wifi).

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  3. Cheaper phones are nice, but their pricing is still way to expensive for typical prepaid usage. For $30 you can get 2-4GB on most MVNOs, but on Fi that barely gets you 500mb with all the extra taxes/fees. The benefits of Fi don't matter to most people in this price segment. Most people can't justify paying $300 for a phone just for a pittance of data.

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  4. Motorola Moto X4 will be released on Google's Project Fi in the fourth quarter of the year - thus sometime in October, November, or December. Source: Venture Beat

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  5. If I moved from my old Cricket plan to Project Fi, I'd go from paying $65 a month to paying $410 a month.

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  6. Fi is nice - the multi-carrier is great...especially US Cellular in the mix. Problem is $600 phones to use it and the data allotments are very stingy. Still, for the right use case, it's a very unique product.

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  7. If @IconkaCom was interested in a mid-tier price phone, he could just buy another Nexus 5X from Project Fi for $200. Clearly, he's interested in something cheaper.

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    1. The Nexus 5x from Project Fi has been sold out for several weeks.

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  8. The new Virgin Mobile is better than this.

    $600 worth of service thrown in, and only a net cost of about $300 for a new iPhone 7 Plus w/ a case and screen protector.

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    1. "The new Virgin Mobile is better than this."

      No, it is far worse. Project Fi includes T-Mobile coverage with the Sprint coverage, which gives Project Fi twice the coverage of Virgin. So, not only is Virgin not "Better", it is only half as good.

      If you want your phone dead and useless most of the time, b all means go with Virgin. If there is one thing to be said about the new Virgin, you will have a finely-styled Cupertino phone to look at when you curse it for having 0 bars.

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    2. Project Fi also includes US Cellular, right? If true, that makes it better than Virgin even without the T-Mobile coverage.

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    3. LOL @ Virgin Mobile. Sprint coverage sucks. Always has, always will. You could give me the iP7 free and I wouldn't take it, locked to Sprint.

      Fi gives you T-Mo and US Cellular in addition to Sprint and that's a great thing because Sprint by itself isn't worth two tin cans and a string.

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    4. You can supposedly bring a new unlocked iPhone to Virgin.

      You're not actually stuck with them, so if you live in an area where Sprint works then it's a much better deal than Fi.

      Otherwise, you can just find a better carrier.

      Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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  9. What is wrong with these carriers??? It's like the u.s. is becoming a 3rd world country. These are internet based companies and still charge way more for "data" usage than a traditional carrier. My total monthly data usage is around 20gb due to streaming services, so that would make my monthly bill $200 before taxes and basic service fees. How the hell is this or Xfinity mobile a good deal???

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    1. Because they are charging what the market will bear. Welcome to Capitalism 101. If people refused to pay $200 for mobile data, prices would come down. Lots and lots and lots of people are quite willing to pay these 'absurd' rates and hence, that's what you get stuck with.

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    2. "What is wrong with these carriers??? It's like the u.s. is becoming a 3rd world country"

      Most countries, and most 3rd world countries, actually charge a lot less than data than the US does. I'm not sure what a better comparison would be, though.

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    3. I think Fi and Xfinity are intended for urban people who have access to wired internet. Since I live in the suburbs, there is no decent wired access so I am forced to use cellular exclusively. Since I consume at least 200GB monthly, these plans are a bad joke! In regard to wired infrastructure, we already are a third world country.

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    4. I researched Project Fi extensively before I eventually didn't choose it because the data cost too much. There was nothing at all in their product descriptions, or even in any reviews, that mentioned anything like an "urban" bias, which can't be seen at all other than for one of the main carriers under it being T-Mobile. T-Mobile was traditionally only good in larger cities, but they are working hard to cover smaller cities and countryside now.

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  10. Project Fi is perfect if you want one of the few phones available and you use only 1 or 2 GB per month. No hassles and totally straightforward billing are added bonuses, along with excellent international roaming at low rates.

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