Back in the end of September 2016, I paused Google Project Fi Service. This let me keep my account, suspended my service, and stopped billing me. This is a really nice feature. I made a video about it.
The way pause works is that your service and your bill are suspended for 90 days. After 90 days, your service automatically resumes. And that is what happened. My service resumed on December 24. That pause feature is really cool. I’d love to see more wireless carriers adopt the feature. Verizon prepaid may have something similar. I seem to remember seeing something about it before I let my account expire.
Now for 2017, the big question is what do I do with my Project Fi service? Do I keep it? try and pause it again for another 90 days? or do I cancel it and try something else.
There is a lot to like about Project Fi. They way they dynamically shift you between the T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular networks depending on which network has coverage at your location. The fact that they credit you back for unused data. Being able to add data only SIMs to the account. International data and service. All good.
But, there are some downsides. Support is limited to only some the Nexus 6, 5x and 6P as well as the Pixel and Pixel XL. Lack of support for the AT&T and Verizon network. And, if you regularly use more that 2GB of data per month, its more expensive. If you use 5GB of data per month, it will cost you $70 per month.
The truth is I when I signed up for Fi back in August 2015, I never expected to keep the service active so long. I was going to review it, then move on. But they kept adding features and it was really pretty cool to try them all. So I kept the service active as my second phone, my Nexus 5x. My primary phone is now the iPhone 7 and while I put my SIM in that phone and use it on the T-Mobile network, it isn’t really supported.
And while Project Fi isn’t too expensive if you don’t use data, I really need to use those funds to do more reviews. smartphonematters.com runs on a limited budget, so I can’t keep all these prepaid services active all the time.
I think I’ll keep it active for a few more weeks, to take a look and see if there are any new cool features. Also, I don’t think I tried using Fi Switch to see if I can connect to US Cellular here in the Boston Metro area. US Cellular isn’t really popular here, I don’t know what type of coverage they have.
Project Fi is really cool. I was recently watching iTechUOutGuy and in a recent video he said he’d like to see them up there game in 2017. I agree. I also think that the other prepaid carriers should check out how good the Fi app is and up there game too.
What about you? Are you a Fi customer? Did you try it out? Still using it? Hit me up in the comments and let me know.