Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Project Fi may accept iPhone and other Android phones soon

Project Fi may accept iPhone and other Android phones soon

Google Fi ditches the old yellow and green color scheme in favor of a combo of Google's iconic green, blue, red, and yellow hues and now has plenty of the fancy Google Sans font everywhere you look.

Project Fi, Google's MVNO wireless service, isn't just for Pixel smartphones anymore.

Most phones, including iPhones, now have limited support for Project Fi access on T-Mobile's spectrum. According to a (future) blog post to the company's Project Fi blog, you'll be able to bring over phones from Samsung, LG, Moto, and OnePlus, as well as iPhones ("in beta"), paying their low rates, mostly depending on how much data you use.

The first big change here is the name-no longer considered a project, that part of the name has been dropped and replaced with "Google", so the service will be called Google Fi moving forward. As of today, the MVNO - now operating only in the USA - is known as Google Fi. But it also means the phones need special hardware and software so they can jump from network to network. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to "Google Fi". Phones that haven't been optimized for Fi won't auto-switch to Google's Wi-Fi, the same way they won't auto-switch through the three carriers. "You'll have reliable coverage and the Google Fi features you know and love, like flexible data and global coverage". As far as semi-current devices go, there are a whopping six "Fi-compatible" phones: The Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 2, Moto G6, Moto X4, LG G7, and LG V35.

With today's announcement, however, none of the aforementioned issues should crop up anymore.

When it comes to iPhones, iMessage works just fine but you will have to update your iPhone's MMS settings to send and receive texts with non-iPhones.

To celebrate the rebranding, for today only (11/28), Google has a few Fi deals going on.

In either case, by opening up Project-Fi to some of the latest flagships like Apple's iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy and more, Google is sure to benefit since so many previously-alienated consumers will now have the freedom to try and decide whether Project Fi is a good fit for them. For those who bring their own phone to the carrier on November 28th, a $200 service credit is available.

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