This is great news for anyone that has longed for the Google Fi plan to be officially compatible on phones other than Google-branded ones! According to a post that broke a Google embargo, Google Fi will be officially coming to iPhones, Samsung, and other branded phones. It is expected that this will come as early as this week.
Google Fi Reportedly Officially Coming to iPhones, Samsung, and Others!
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For years now, it has been possible to order a data only SIM with Google Fi and have that work inside of your iPhones, Samsung phones, LG, and others. It gave full data use and it was even possible to use the iPhone similar to Google phones, with a workaround.
However, it appears that Google Fi is now officially coming to iPhone, as well as other Android phones. It was expected for a while that this would be the case and I figured it could be sooner rather than later, especially when it was reported that Google was leaving the “Project” part of the Project Fi name behind. That seemed to indicate they were moving it away from their own system, or at least that it was no longer a project.
The source of this report was a now-deleted post from BGR. Apparently, they broke embargo by publishing and quickly pulled it down. Not quick enough as other outlets picked up on and it is thought that it will be coming out officially as early as this week.
Google Fi (Reportedly) Officially To be Compatible with iPhones and Android Phones
This means that it should be possible to now activate Google Fi accounts directly on these other phones through the Google Fi app (not currently available to iOS devices) and make real phone calls through the native dialers as well as use full text messaging capabilities (there were problems with MMS under the workarounds).
One thing that will not be possible with this new official compatibility will be the ability to switch between Sprint and T-Mobile in the US, both of which are networks that serve as the backbone for the Google Fi system in the US. The reason for this is that Google Fi phones have hybrid switching capability that allows the phone to switch between networks, one of which is a GSM network and the other is a CDMA network. So, this means that the new compatibility with iPhones and other Android phones will only allow the continued use on the T-Mobile network in the US. This will not affect users outside the US.
This is certainly great news, especially for any new iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR owners. Those phones now come with dual-SIM functionality with the eSIM working with your native carrier in the US and the other SIM could be used as a fully-functional Google Fi SIM card!