Google Fi now offers an unlimited plan

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  1. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    Georgina Torbet, @georginatorbet
    Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/17/googles-fi-unlimited-plan/?sr_source=Facebook

    Google's mobile virtual network operator service Fi works by piggybacking on wireless networks to provide cellphone coverage. Last year it opened up to work with iPhones, and earlier this year SIM cards for Fi went on sale at Best Buy. Now, the service is expanding further with a new unlimited plan.

    The Fi Unlimited plan offers unlimited calls, texts and data for multiple members of your family, including some international calls. The plan covers free calls from the US to 50 countries, as well free data and SMS messages when you are traveling in 200 destinations. The plan also comes with a Google One membership, giving you 100GB of cloud storage onto which you can automatically back up your Android phone.

    The monthly cost of the Unlimited plan is $45 per line for 4 to 6 lines, $50 per line for 3 lines, $60 per line for 2 lines and $70 for a single line. That's pricey, but the upside is that there's no contract or activation fees.

    If you're keen for both a new phone and a new plan, you can get 50 percent off a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3XL when you sign up for Google Fi by September 18th.

    To see if Google Fi is available on your device, you can check the compatibility page.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    The new unlimited plans are not only expensive, but they're not really unlimited since data slows down to 256 kbps after 22GB and "certain categories of data usage like video may be managed at a particular speed or resolution, e.g., DVD-quality (480p)." The managed speed/resolution, by the way, is exactly what's on Sprint's Kickstart plans.

    I got my kids onto Sprint's Kickstart plan at $15/month. The current rate is $25/month and includes unlimited calls, text and data. No contract. Same "managed data."

    For a family of 4 - 6 people, why pay $45/month to get Google Fi's unlimited plan? Maybe if you need unlimited free calls to 50 countries, 100GB Google One storage, and Google Fi's other benefits (access to T-Mobile's network, discounted phones, low rates while traveling internationally, hotspot tethering, secure WiFi access when available, etc.). Your spreadsheet might need a pivot table and some graphs.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    By the way, Google Fi has discounted the Pixel 3 and 3XL.
    • Pixel 3 (5.5" display)
      • 64GB $399
      • 128GB $449
    • Pixel 3 XL (6.3" display)
      • 64GB $449
      • 128GB $499
     
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