Dec 15 AT 8:19 PM Sean Riley 0 Comments

Project Fi adds support for data-only devices


Project Fi won’t be challenging the major carriers anytime soon, but it does offer a compelling package for those that stay in range of Wi-Fi most of the time, as the flat $10/GB data rate plus the base $20 is a very inexpensive starting point.

For those that have already signed up for Fi, another enticing option has been added today with the ability to tack on a data-only device at no additional charge. So while you need to be an existing Google Fi subscriber and paying the $20 Fi Basics fee, there is no charge for adding a data-only device. You order a free SIM card from the Account page within your Fi account by selecting Your Plan and then Add Data-Only SIM. Data is shared between your devices, so if you use 500MB on your smartphone and 1.5GB on your tablet that will be a $20 data bill (plus the $20 Basics) for you at the end of the month.

Unlike the smartphones, which will switch between T-Mobile and Sprint for optimal coverage, the data-only devices are locked to T-Mobile. Data-only devices supported at launch are the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.

I’m not sure if this is going to be the tipping point for anyone to jump on the Fi train, but it’s good to see Google¬†adding features to the fledgling service.

If you are a Google Fi subscriber, we would love to hear what your experience has been like with the service.

Source: Google Product Forums

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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