Google Fi’s one plan is certainly simple. It’s just $20 for unlimited talk and text, plus $10 for every GB of data used. That’s where Google Fi’s phone plan is unique: you only pay for the data you use. If you mostly browse, scroll, and upload when at home or at places with Wi-Fi (like school or work), you could potentially pay only $30 a month for phone service.
On the other hand, people who enjoy streaming, posting, and searching while out and about could find themselves overpaying for data that is cheaper elsewhere. If you’re a heavy data user, you can find a more affordable unlimited plan with another carrier. Either way, you only pay for what you actually use with Google Fi.
Google Fi is all about flexibility, so your plan can be a month-to-month unlimited plan when you need it and a pay-per-gig plan when you don’t. To get the most out of the service, here’s three main components you’ll want to understand.
1. You pay a flat rate of $20 per line for unlimited talk and text.
2. You pay $10 per GB only for the data you use (calculated to the nearest 0.1 GB).
3. You have “bill protection,” which means you’ll never pay more than $70 for data, no matter how much you use.
The type of coverage you receive is based on your cell phone. Phones designed for Google Fi — all Google Pixel models, Moto G6, Moto G7, and more — use Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, as well as a network of Wi-Fi hotspots. The service automatically adjusts coverage based on your location to provide the best experience.
Phones that aren’t designed for Fi are only covered by T-Mobile. Check your coverage here to learn more about the service in your area.
You can keep your current phone (check compatibility) and switch to Google Fi. In fact, most Android phones and iPhones work with the network provider. Learn more about bringing your current device to Google Fi here.
The key is understanding how your service is impacted by the type of phone you use. If you currently own or plan to buy any of the phones listed below, you’ll have access to more networks and hotspots which means better coverage.