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Old 06-17-20, 04:15 PM
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Anyone use Google Fi as their cell phone provider?

Apparently T-mobile has awful coverage where I am and locals recommended Google Fi, which is considered an MVNO (like boost, tracphone, etc) Google was running a special on their Moto G Power, $150 bucks for a phone that debuted at $300, and the service is $20/m + $10/GB data, which as a workphone I doubt it would even be 500 MB in a month given the availability of wifi in most places. Is this too good to be true? Apparently the service bounces between US Cellular, T-mobile, and Sprint and tries to place you on whichever is strongest, resulting in excellent coverage. I think it's only been out for a few years, so pretty surprised I haven't heard of this before. Curious if anyone else uses this and has had a good experience?
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Old 06-17-20, 04:24 PM
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They'll probably interrupt your call to run an advertisement...
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Old 06-17-20, 05:16 PM
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I have a friend who uses this. She has nothing but good things to say. I'm highly skeptical of the Google offering, but I trust her.
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Yeah, that same phone and service is on my list.

I had planned to get an unlocked Moto G Power since it's high bang for the buck, and stick with Mint Mobile. But Google Fi prices are much more reasonable now and the multiple carrier option is great. A couple of nights ago both T-Mobile and AT&T were out of service here, which knocked out both of my phones.

But I'm kinda considering the new iPhone SE 2020. Bargain price unlocked. And Apple has decent support even for older phones. Supposedly my old iPhone 4s lost support a few years ago, but last year Apple updated the iOS for older phones that were still in use worldwide.

In contrast, Moto phones tend to get sketchy support even in warranty.
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Old 06-17-20, 09:55 PM
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I use Google Fi. If T-Mobile is bad in your area then don't use Google Fi since that is the main network it runs on. It switches between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. I use a Pixel 3XL and where I live it is great. You can use many different phones. My bill this month was $32 but usually is less than that depending on how much data I use.
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Old 06-17-20, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yeah, that same phone and service is on my list.

I had planned to get an unlocked Moto G Power since it's high bang for the buck, and stick with Mint Mobile. But Google Fi prices are much more reasonable now and the multiple carrier option is great. A couple of nights ago both T-Mobile and AT&T were out of service here, which knocked out both of my phones.

But I'm kinda considering the new iPhone SE 2020. Bargain price unlocked. And Apple has decent support even for older phones. Supposedly my old iPhone 4s lost support a few years ago, but last year Apple updated the iOS for older phones that were still in use worldwide.

In contrast, Moto phones tend to get sketchy support even in warranty.
I think the SE is a decent option all things considered, though I am not an Apple fan so am somewhat biased. However, if you need NFC, the Moto is without it. My friends who have the Power G do love it and it has a solid battery life and headphone jack. Plus the screen size is way bigger than the SE
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We use it, two phones. I switched when we were going to travel internationally and wanted phones that would just work. They did, flawlessly, and without the absurd charges from other networks.

I've had zero billing issues, zero inexplicable rate increases, zero instances of random charges on my bill.
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Old 06-17-20, 10:36 PM
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I had to install a cell phone booster so I can get cell coverage They built a new tower but won’t turn the power on because there is not enough revenue to make. ? In town which as you all know is only around 10,000 people 4 or 5 bars easy. I go town when my phone needs a software update and stuff like that.
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I had to install a cell phone booster so I can get cell coverage They built a new tower but won’t turn the power on because there is not enough revenue to make. ? In town which as you all know is only around 10,000 people 4 or 5 bars easy. I go town when my phone needs a software update and stuff like that.
Have you considered emigrating to the USA? We have cell service and crappy beer!
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I heard of that USA but I don’t want to move to a 4th world country I might go to modern 3rd world Mexico.
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In concept it's a pretty innovative idea and supposedly uses not only multiple cell providers for service, but also leverages WiFi networks when and where it can to use for calls.
A friend of mine used it for a bit and had nothing but good to say for a year or two then changed off to another provider. I cannot recall what the issue was in his case. He lived in Tampa and all of the aforementioned methods to connect were easily in range for much of his time. His phones would not work here outside of being connected to WiFi....Sprint has no service here, not sure of others.
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Old 08-17-20, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
In concept it's a pretty innovative idea and supposedly uses not only multiple cell providers for service, but also leverages WiFi networks when and where it can to use for calls.
A friend of mine used it for a bit and had nothing but good to say for a year or two then changed off to another provider. I cannot recall what the issue was in his case. He lived in Tampa and all of the aforementioned methods to connect were easily in range for much of his time. His phones would not work here outside of being connected to WiFi....Sprint has no service here, not sure of others.
Just a 2 month update, but the service is fantastic. I use Wifi when possible and only payed 4 dollars for data in addition to the 20 dollars a month. So 24 bucks for a new number and to use US cellular which is the BEST service in this area, or t-mobile or sprint, has been such a good deal. I would also comment that motorola phones (since this uses the motorola g power) has been stellar. In fact, their phone operates like a flagship phone from LG that I use as my personal phone, so have been extremely happy with the quality. I can't vouch for google fi in other parts of the country but if t-mobile or US cellular is considered the strongest, then Fi makes a ton of sense.
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Old 08-19-20, 06:00 AM
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I did end up getting the Moto G Power 2-3 weeks ago when it dropped to $225 on Amazon. Great phone for the money. No major transition from my old Moto E4, just a better phone.

However I'm kinda wondering whether I should have gone with the Google Fi deal for the G Power.

I stuck with Mint Mobile, which I've used for a couple of years. Not a bad MVNO for T-Mobile, and during April-May they offered unlimited data to offset the shock of economic loss caused by the pandemic. I appreciated that because my AT&T home DSL has been very erratic, and was out completely most of March, and often slows to a crawl. So I could use my phone as a wifi hotspot with my Mint Mobile data.

I'll probably reconsider next year. But it's starting to look like I'll need to increase my data plan from 3GB a month to 8-10GB just to have overhead for using the phone as a hotspot, which is how much I typically use with my PC on AT&T DSL. Some days it's impossible to get anything done on the home PC, and the better phone helps some -- although there are still things that can only be done on the PC.
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Old 08-19-20, 06:02 AM
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I liked google fi a lot. I ended up switching to ATT when I needed a new phone and got a good deal on the phone. Honestly I liked google fi better but ATT has decent coverage.
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