As I said yesterday, I am a big fan of the Google Fi system that allows me to use data in places around the world for only $10 per 1GB on my iPhone (while paying the base $20 plan that allows me to order data only SIMs). I have used it in many places without any problems (see the list below for the countries) and it has always kept me connected.
The One City Where Google Fi Did Not Work for Me
But, on a recent trip, I hit one city where Google Fi did not come through for me. When I searched for an answer to the issue, I found that many other people had experienced similar incidents around the country. The place was Rome, Italy. I was very surprised given that I have used Google Fi in places I never thought I would get a signal yet I could not even get any data at all anywhere in Rome.
No Data – At All
My wife and I had gone there for a quick 10th anniversary trip and left the kids with my parents in Greece. Obviously, staying in touch was key for us since my parents do not live in Greece and we had to be accessible in case any questions arose about something there. It was a huge disappointment to find that, no matter what we did, we could not get any Google Fi data at all. In the end, thanks to the EU’s new rules on cell phone roaming charges, we just popped our Greece SIMs back in and were able to get data and phone connectivity (but a bit more expensive than Fi’s $10 per 1GB).
I tried everything that was suggested in various online forums but to no avail. From what I understand, it is something on the Italian networks that can cause problems but still a major disappointment in the Google Fi system. Even when they were contacted, there was nothing that was able to be done to make it work for us. Since I have been back, I have read that many others had problems there while still others had no problems there.
I certainly will not stop using Google Fi as it has been tremendous for me everywhere else (especially now with increased speeds). I have successfully used it in the following countries:
- United States
- New Zealand
So, I am curious, are there are any countries/cities where Google Fi did not work for you? If so, was there something you were able to do to get it to work again? I had full bars for signal, just no connection (this was on the same iPhone 6 Plus that I use it with everywhere else).