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Google Opens Up MVNO Service To More Phones, Renames As Google Fi

Google is expanding its mobile service in the US to work with more phones. It’s also renaming the Project Fi service as Google Fi.

First started in 2015, Fi is Google’s MVNO in the US, offering a unique model of refunding customers for any unused data at the end of the month. The service worked initially only with Google Nexus and Pixel smartphones but has expanded gradually to more models. Google said it now works with the majority of Android devices, including models from Samsung, LG, Moto and OnePlus, as well as iPhones.

Google said some phones will still work better with Fi, such as seamless switching between multiple networks for the best coverage. Models like the Pixel 3 and Moto G6 are designed to take advantage of these features and are sold on the Google Fi website.

As a special offer to mark the news, Google offered the cost of a phone back in travel credit for customers buying a phone on the Fi site on 28 November. The credit allows for the purchase of flights from Delta or Southwest or lodging with Airbnb or Hotels.com. Customers already with a phone who sign up for Fi receive USD 200 in Fi service credit. Telecom Paper

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