I have written quite a bit about the Google Nexus 6 with the Google Fi program (Google Project Fi, as the full name) as I have found it to work really well for my travels. Recently, Google came out with the ability for customers to order additional SIM cards that are data only and work in things like an iPhone for full data at $10 per 1GB all over the world.
Google Nexus 6 For $249
But, if you are just getting started with it and want to start using it as your regular phone plan (unlimited texts and minutes in the US for $20 and $10 per 1GB as you go), the Google Nexus 6 is the phone you are probably going to want. Google came out with 2 new phones in October that will work with Google Fi (the Google Nexus 6P and 5X) but the cheapest model is at $379.
Today, Amazon again has a pretty good price on the Google Nexus 6 and that is for $249 for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model. That is a straight out price as there is no contract with Google Fi. Also, these phones work with other carriers and plans as well, in case you just wanted a big screened phone with your current plan.
To be honest, I really liked the phone and it was a great device. The only reason I did not switch to it completely is that I am “in” the Apple system now so the iPhone works better for me. Since Google now offers the data-only SIM, the Google Nexus 6 sits in the drawer unless I will need it when traveling with someone else.
The one thing that using Google Fi with a Google phone offers over just using the data-only SIM (besides voice calls through the native system) is that the Google phones with the primary SIM can be used as hotspots. That is a great perk if you travel with a laptop or tablet and want the ability to stay connected to the internet with your main devices. I used the Google Nexus 6 as my WiFi hotspot on my runs around the world and used my iPhone with it and it worked perfectly and the battery lasted many hours (don’t know for sure how many because it was still working when I returned to the airport after having it going for 7 hours and it was only down 50%).
There was a better deal on this phone last year for only 1 day – $199. However, that went very fast. This phone will likely have more sales over time as it is now a generation old but it is still at a great price point if you want a phone that works with Google Fi.
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