As I wrote the other day, Google Fi has become a much more appealing choice for those who use a lot of data as you are now capped at the amount of $60 for data.
However, there are many people who have a carrier they are already happy with for regular service but would like to use Google Fi for their international travel. If that is you, find out how you can pause Google Fi service.
Here Is How You Pause Google Fi Service
The process is quite easy and all accomplished online (what else would you expect from Google?). Here is a step-by-step guide to pause Google Fi service.
Details About If You Pause Google Fi Service
First of all, when you pause Google Fi service, it is paused for 90 days – unless you start it up again first. You can pause it for up to 180 days per calendar year (Edit: this is according to several Google Fi reps I spoke with since Google does not spell it out online. Check with a rep yourself if you are concerned, but it really shouldn’t matter. If you cannot pause for more than 180 days per year, you could always cancel the plan with no fee.). So, you will be paying for service 6 months out of the year but at least you can pause it when you know you won’t be using it.
Also, when it is paused, you will still be paying any outstanding service fees (for data, plan, etc) as well as equipment payments if you bought your device through Google’s financing option.
First step – login via this Google Fi website to get started.
Once you login, you will see the page above and you will scroll down to Manage Plan. Select that button to continue.
This page will show you all your SIM cards (including any for data only for things like tablets or your iPhone) and you will scroll down until you reach the bottom of the page.
Select to Pause Service and you will be greeted with a pop-up to tell you what it means to pause your service. Simply select to pause it and you are good to go!
When you are ready for your next international trip, do not forget to login and turn it on again! Also, don’t forget that pausing it will pause service for your data-only SIM cards as well.
And that’s it! It really couldn’t be much easier to do but it may be a bit confusing to find if you didn’t know to look for it. If you have been on the fence about getting Google Fi because of your current provider, at least now you know you can pause Google Fi service for when you aren’t traveling.