Google finally lets iPhones use its cell phone service

Google finally lets iPhones use its cell phone service

After three years, Google's finally chose to expand Project Fi to more handsets beyond the few phones that have supported it, such as Google's Pixel and Nexus series, as well as a handful of LG and Moto phones.

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.

Project Fi uses T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular's networks if Wi-Fi is unavailable. But with Google Fi now widening its support, pretty much anyone who has bought a smartphone in the last two years should be able to take advantage of the service.

Long story short, the only way to use Project Fi to its fullest across multiple partner networks is to buy a phone from Google. To get the full Fi experience, you'll still need a Fi-specific phone (which can be purchased directly through Fi).

Google's Project service is no called Google Fi. You can use the compatibility checker to see if your handset will work, but just keep in mind that phones that aren't officially sold through Google Fi won't have access to every available feature.

Second, rather than connecting to a single cellular network, a Fi phone will connect to Sprint, T-Mobile, or US Cellular, depending on network conditions.

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

Other features from the new Google Fi MVNO include free global roaming, access to 2 million secure Wi-Fi hotspots and data protection through a Google VPN.

Officially supporting iPhones is particularly significant for Fi in the U.S, where tinkerers have always been experimenting with ways to get around Google's device restrictions, says Google product manager Dhwani Shah. But you'll also be getting coverage that is inferior to what a true Fi device gets.

Editor's Note: Google Fi is not available in Australia.

Now, the company is making using Fi with third-party phones a lot easier: On Thursday, it released an iOS app that can be used to monitor data usage, billing and more. Those bringing existing phones to the service can enjoy $200 of credit for pledging allegiance.

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