Google's nearest mobile carrier, Google Fi, makes waves across the mobile industry. With super-cheap plans starting with only $ 20 and the ability to connect to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, many users make the switch from AT & T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
Making things even more tempting, Google only announced official Fi support for iPhones – There is even a Google Fi app on the iOS App Store now. However, there are some difficulties when setting up Google Fi on your iPhone, but we'll see them below. So be sure to read through the entire guide before deciding whether Google Fi is right for your iPhone or not.
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is portable unlocked
First, you need to find out if your iPhone is operator locked (also known as SIM unlocked or GSM unlocked). If not, your phone would refuse to connect to the Google Fi network, though it is technically possible to do so.
If you purchased your Apple iPhone directly, there is a good chance that it is unlocked. If you purchased it from your carrier, you probably need to unlock it. To learn more about laptop phones and what needs to be done to unlock, read the following guide:
Step 2: Make sure you're ok with Fi's limitations on iPhone
Then you should You know that iPhone can not switch between Google's three underlying networks, which are Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Instead, any iPhone you use with Google Fi will be restricted to the T-Mobile network only.
I recommend that you check the T-Mobile coverage chart before proceeding, to ensure good coverage in your area. To get an exact representation of coverage, do not click on the "Extended Range LTE-600 Mhz" overlay (more later).
You may be worried about the different bands and frequencies used by the different U.S. carriers, but were not. All iPhones sold in the United States, whether purchased from an operator or directly from Apple, work on all important T-Mobile frequencies. The only exception is T-Mobile's new 600 MHz Band 71 network, but even iPhones purchased from T-Mobile itself do not work on this network.
In other words, you get exactly the same coverage with any American iPhone on Google Fi as a T-Mobile iPhone would be on the T-Mobile network.
Your iPhone will also lose some functionality on Google Fi, at least for now. Texting (SMS) does not work over Wi-Fi. iMessage works as normal, but texting non-iPhone users requires you to be connected to a cell tower. Wi-Fi calls also do not work. It is possible that Google will add these features in the future, but I would not like hope.
Finally, you will lose access to visual voicemail by switching to Fi. This is likely to change in the future, as Google can easily update its Google Fi app for iPhone to add this feature, but text-based voicemail scripts can not be seen in the default Apple Phone app.
Step 3: Buy a Project Fi SIM Card
If you are still interested in making the switch at this time, you only need a Project Fi SIM card. To get one, register only for Project Fi, and make sure you select "Bring your own phone" when prompted to select a device. You will not be charged for the SIM package that you can use with your iPhone.
Step 4: Install Google Fi App
Now you need to get the Google Fi app on your iPhone. You can either search the App Store for "Google Fi" or you can jump directly to the installation page by clicking the link below.
From here, you easily insert your Google Fi SIM card into your iPhone and then restart the device. When you back up, open the Google Fi app and log in with the Google Account you used to enable Fi. Then follow the instructions to get your new cellular service running.
Step 6: Enable SMS and MMS Messages
To ensure that your iPhone can send and receive regular text messages without iMessage, you need to carefully adjust any additional options. Open the Settings app and go to the "Cellular" menu. From here, if you are on iOS 12, tap "Cellular Data Network." If you are on iOS 11, tap "Cellular Data Options," and then "Cellular Data Network."
Next you have to manually enter some values in the specified fields. Then copy the information below, just as it is written (leave the blank blank blank field blank) and enter it in the fields on your iPhone.
User Name: Leave blank
Password: Leave blank
Username: blank blank
Password: blank blank
MMSC: http: / / /fi.g.co/mms/wapenc
MMS Proxy: Leave blank
MMS Max Message Size: 1048676
MMS UA Prof URL: apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf
When you're done There, restart your iPhone again. After that, Google Fi will be fully configured and ready to go!
Although Google Fi is a bit handicapped on iPhone, it is still a very cost effective network and your reception will always be at least as good as it would be if you were on T-Mobile. The ability to save money is very high with Google Fi, because we found that you pay less than the average monthly mobile plan no matter how much data you're using.
But given all the features, Google Fi may not be the best low cost carrier for all iPhone users. For one thing, you're limited to the T-Mobile cell tower, so you lose half of the benefits of Fi – its ability to connect to Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular Tower.
Of course, Google Fi can still be the right solution for some iPhone users – especially if you use less than 1GB of data each month. If so, you pay less than $ 30 for service, and there are no cell plans that can beat that price.