What's the verdict so far on Project Fi?


#141

Well there’s no reason not to just post the links. Here’s mine: https://g.co/fi/r/M1W5EF

Everyone on Fi, post your link, and then we’ll know who’s the most popular around here by how many referrals we each get. :)


#142

So question regarding my new Pixel 3 and Fi , how do I get all my apps to port over to the new phone? Must I uninstall everything on the old phone first? Is there a transfer tool of some kind?


#143

Nice idea!

Here is mine:

https://g.co/fi/r/6WA156.


#144

There’s a tool. It’s painless.

Pick me, pick me!

Here’s a referral code to get a $20 credit when you join Project Fi! Redeem it at https://g.co/fi/r/T3Y3N9


#145

Ah ok thanks, my phone came yesterday, but I won’t have time to even unbox it till after the weekend.


#146

So this appears to be live - https://fi.google.com/compatibility#results

Some limitations for iPhones, so I think I’m going to wait to see what other people’s experience is like.


#147

We should collect these codes into a post so folks can run down the list. Here’s mine: https://g.co/fi/r/P3C255

I’ll note that the current deal is that new referred subscribers get $20 in credit, but the referring subscriber gets $100 in credit until January 8 (or at least that’s what google shows me; I’ve done three previous referrals and only got $20/each.)


#148

I’d post one, but no one will pick it, and then I’ll feel bad - just like junior high basketball… snif

Wait - $20?! I’ll risk the humiliation

Here’s a referral code to get a $20 credit when you join Project Fi! Redeem it at https://g.co/fi/r/TXD11J


#149

Wow that was fast, I guess they really meant SOON when mentioning other phone brands were on the way.


#150

Huh, I just ran through a few random ones, and they all said:

What this phone won’t get:

Even more security and network reliability. Switch among networks for an even more reliable connection, secure your data with a Fi VPN, and more.

So do they just connect to one or another network and be done with it?


#151

Yeah, I guess iOS doesn’t allow access to functions that would allow for smart switching of networks.


#152

That’s how Fi has always worked on iOS. You slot the SIM card into an unlocked iPhone and it works fine, as a tmobile SIM. You can’t switch between networks and visual voicemail doesn’t work.

Actually supporting Fi would require Apple to make changes in iOS.


#153

True, but I think in order to do that, you had to first put your Project Fi Sim card into a Fi supported phone, and then put it in an iPhone. Now you should be able to skip that step since it’s officially supported on Fi.


#154

Here’s my Project Fi referral code.

My deal is better because I’ll send you 25 cents!!!
(just kidding)


#155

I think they just enabled this. It’s strangely impossible to find any info about it. I don’t really care as I’ve never owned an iDevice and am fully entrenched into the Android universe, but I’m sure more details will be forthcoming. I was reading back through the last few weeks of Penny Arcade strips and noted that Jerry Holkins, a longtime iDevice user, recently switched to Android with the Pixel 3. It’s odd the perception that Apple fans have that Android is like the red-headed step-child of phone OS’s. It’s kind of like lifelong vault denizens stepping out into the wide world for the first time looking down their noses at everyone else’s clothing.


#156

Doesn’t the Pixel 2 and up use eSim? Does Apple support that? You should need to plug an eSim into your phone to enable it.


#157

But it isn’t just iOS. The Samsung, the OnePlus, etc. I certainly didn’t check them all, but that same message was on several. IOS did have additional problems with text messaging, though imessenger apparently still works of of the box.


#158

I had not heard of that until just now. That sounds neat.


#159

Yeah, I went to Vietnam earlier this year–one of the few countries where Fi doesn’t work–and while it was fairly painless to buy a Sim at the airport (they even installed it for me: $9 and 3 minutes), it would have been nice to be able to pre-purchase one and have it ready to go.


#160

My understanding is that these phones aren’t setup (be it in hardware or software) to switch between multiple carriers - that was pushed as a pretty big deal when Fi came around and was able to do it, and was the reason given that Fi was limited to such a small selection of phones. They must have decided at some point that limiting the phones to T-Mobile was acceptable now.

Another thought - if opening up to more phones significantly boosts the subscriber rate, Google may be able to negotiate better rates and charge less than $10/gb for data.