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What is Google Fi, how does it work, and why do I want it?

What is Google Fi, how does it work, and why do I want it?

What is Google Fi, how does it work, and why do I want it?

If you're an Android enthusiast, you likely know about Google Fi (formerly Project Fi). But that doesn't mean you necessarily know everything about it. And now that the service has opened up to everyone with an unlocked phone, there's a lot to get caught up on. So we're here to give you the high-level view at the carrier option that comes directly from Google. Namely, just what the heck it is, how it works compared to other carriers and maybe a few reasons why you'd want to try it.

The latest Google Fi news

January 11, 2019 — Google Fi says it told T-Mobile and Sprint to not sell customer location data

On January 8, a fairly unsettling report came out to shed light on the fact that wireless carriers are still selling the location of its customers' phones without getting the consent from anyone. Now, Google Fi has responded and says that it told T-Mobile and Sprint (the two networks it relies on for its coverage) to not do this.

Per a Google Fi spokesperson that spoke with Motherboard:

We have never sold Fi subscribers' location information. Google Fi is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) and not a carrier, but as soon as we heard about this practice, we required our network partners to shut it down as soon as possible.

It's unclear when exactly Google told Sprint and T-Mobile to stop doing this for its customers, but it's a step in the right direction nonetheless.

November 28, 2018 — get a travel gift card for the full amount of any phone purchase

Google Fi gift card promo

To celebrate the launch of Google Fi, there's an amazing promotion going on when you buy one of Fi's own compatible phones. Until 11:59 p.m. PT on November 28, when you buy a phone from Google Fi you'll get a travel gift card for the full purchase price, less taxes, in return. All you have to do is buy a phone and activate it on Google Fi, and you'll get a travel gift card for the full amount paid for the phone.

If you're already a Google Fi customer, it's easy to make the purchase through the Google Fi website. If you aren't yet a customer, you'll have to port your number to the service and start an account in order to qualify ... but maybe this is the nudge you need to finally make the jump.

 

Source : Android Central





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