Google Fi is officially updating all three of its plans with some much-needed changes that make the service more competitive, with the two Unlimited offerings seeing the biggest improvements.
There are no price changes from the original flexible plan, where you pay $10 per gigabyte of data and a set amount ($16-$20) for unlimited calls/texts. That means you now get “unlimited calling inside Canada and Mexico at no additional cost” (emphasis added). Previously, only calls to these two countries from the US were free, and this is now available on all three plans.
Google has announced Simply Unlimited last April for Fi’s sixth birthday. This offering is the mid-range option for those who use a lot of data but don’t need other perks, and it’s said to be the “cheapest unlimited plan — especially for families and groups.”
If you have four or more lines, it’s now $20 per member/month instead of $30. It costs $25 each for three lines (also from $30), $40 each for two (was $45), and $50 for a single line (from $60).
High-speed data – how much you can use before being capped at 2G speeds (256kbps) – is boosted from 22GB to 35GB. Fi also throws in 5GB of hotspot tethering (for your laptop, tablet, etc.), having previously not included any. You can’t use data outside of the US, Mexico, or Canada, nor do you get a data-only SIM.
Looking at the landscape, Google Fi’s $20 per line for four or more subscribers should be the cheapest deal in the US. Visible (a Verizon MVNO) comes closest to matching at $25 each for four, while T-Mobile’s cheapest is $27/row for five. AT&T and Verizon are both $30 for five and older.
Finally, Unlimited Plus now starts at $40 per member/month for those with four or more lines instead of $45. It costs $45 each for three rows (from $50), $55 for two (was $60), and $65 for a single one (down from $70).
The biggest upgrade here is how you get 50GB of high-speed data per month instead of 22GB. It can be used for tethering and internationally, while (up to four) data-only SIMs remain an Unlimited Plus and Flexible perk. There’s also 100GB of Google One and international calls to over 50 destinations from the last year.
Following that morning email, Google has made the Fi plan updates official. These changes will take effect in the next billing cycle for existing members, while new customers can benefit from them today. As a matter of fact:
To celebrate this launch, for a limited time, you can save up to $500 on select phones or get $100 in Fi billing credit when you bring your own phone when you sign up or add a line.
Fi supports the vast majority of modern Android devices, while iPhone support is limited to 4G speeds. As an MVNO, Google uses the networks of T-Mobile and US Cellular.
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