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Google Project Fi data-only SIM cards support goes live

Google Project Fi is still alive and kicking, even if it is not as involved in promoting itself as you’d think. Google’s cellular service is impressing its few subscribers and it recently released support for data-only mobile devices (this includes tablets and other devices which receive data).

 

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The Project Fi team is working on bringing data-only SIMs to everyone who wants mobile Internet connections on their tablets by using a mobile connection as intermediary. This form of connectivity could in turn be shared with other tablets that can connect to the Internet when they are offered access.

 

Existing Project Fi subscribers can get a data-only SIM for free so if you have a Fi account you can check it and order a SIM for yourself. If you are not part of the program but you are interested in this offering, you can head over to Google’s Fi to sign up and you will have to wait to receive an official invitation.

For now, you can only order a data-only SIM card. When you activate it, you will be able to share data to anyone. Keep in mind that a data-only SIM will share the same data budget with an existing mobile phone data plan.

 

Useful details you need to know if you want a data-only SIM from project Fi:

 

  • Eligibility: You can add another device by ordering a data-only SIM as long as you have service activated with Project Fi.
  • Cost: Compatible devices share the same data budget as your main phone, at the same rate of $10/GB. If you want to see how much your data-only SIM is using, check your data usage like your normally would. You’ll see a breakdown for each additional device.
  • Tethering: Tethering from a device with a data-only SIM isn’t supported.
  • Coverage: Data-only SIM cards provide coverage in 120+ countries. See our coverage map. You may notice some coverage differences from your main Fi phone. Coverage can also vary depending on your device.
  • Number of data-only SIMs: You can add up to 9 data-only SIM cards. You can also use the same data-only SIM card in multiple devices.

 

Source: Google

 

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Project Fi gifts Legos and USB cables to subscribers

Project Fi, Google’s attempt at offering fast and easy cellular service directly to smartphones, is making a move! Some subscribers reported that they are getting a kit from the team. What does this kit contain, you ask? Some Legos and a USB Type-C cable. The Lego box turns into a phone stand clad in Fi colors.

 

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In case you are a Project Fi subscriber, you should check your mailbox just to be sure you got some fun stuff too. If you did, let us know in the comment section below if your box contains the same Lego pack and the USB cable.

 

That being said, maybe some of you have no idea what Project Fi is yet. This official program means to give everyone cellular service directly to phones. Google wants to combine Sprint and T Mobile in a SIM card that can actively switch between the two without the user having to intervene in any way.

 

This project also means to use Wifi to let users call and text when they are connected to a network. Some special software on the phone will also automatically connect the device to a Wifi network in order to limit mobile data usage and when this happens, Google will route your traffic through secure VPNs to keep you and your data safe.

 

Project Fi is basically a prepaid phone service that will cost you $20 per month for the Fi Basics plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and keeping and account active. You pay $10 per gigabyte you use in the US and abroad and the international speeds are capped at 256kbps. You pay your data at the beginning of a billing cycle and if you use more than what you paid, it will be billed on the next month bill. If you spend less data in a month, it will be rebated on the next month.

 

Project Fi also allows users to forward calls to their Fi number on to other smartphones or make calls and texts from other devices via the Hangouts app.

 

Source: Fi Google, Android Central