Apple iPhones, Samsung, OnePlus smartphones may soon get Google Project Fi support: Report

Google is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator and has operated Project Fi in the United States since 2015.

  • Published: November 28, 2018 2:41 PM IST

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Google may be primarily known for things like Android and Pixel line-up of smartphones, but the California-based technology major’s portfolio includes a diverse array of products and services. One of them is Project Fi, its cellular network that’s available in the United States. Google is essentially a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which means it utilizes the infrastructure of existing cellular operators to provide wireless services.

Launched in 2015, Project Fi is (and always has been) compatible with only a handful of smartphones. Some of the current devices that work with the network include LG G7 ThinQ, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Moto X4, and Moto G6. However, it seems that list is about to get bigger.

According a report by The Verge, Project Fi will add support for Apple’s iPhones, as well as recent smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus, as early as this week. Also, other devices from LG and Motorola (Google’s existing partners for Project Fi) will get support for the cellular service.

The report further notes that the service’s support for iPhones is currently in beta stage, so users may initially encounter some bugs and issues with the service when using it on Apple’s smartphones.

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Project Fi utilizes the wireless network infrastructure of T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. Like most Mobile Virtual Network Operators, the highlight of Google’s Project Fi is its plans, which offer unlimited texts and calls at $20 per month. Cellular data is much more expensive though, and costs $10 per GB until the limit of 6GB is reached.

  • Published Date: November 28, 2018 2:41 PM IST