Today, Google’s MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) cellular service, Google Fi is introducing a second plan for users. Apart from the original pay-per-megabyte plan with unlimited calls and text, Google Fi is now introducing a complete “Unlimited” plan for $70, and it includes 100GB of cloud storage due to a bundled “Google One” membership.
In 2018, Google Fi started “Bill Protection,” a tweak to the pay-per-MB plan which capped monthly bills at $80, making it an “unlimited” plan which throttled after 15GB. This new $70 plan is cheaper and includes more unthrottled data, and you save another $2 a month with the bundled 100GB of Google One storage. With Free Google accounts, you get 15GB across Gmail Drive and Google One lets you buy anywhere from 100 GB to 30TB of online storage.
Google’s family bundling is also supported by the new Fi plan. The unlimited plan is $70 a month for a single account, $60 a month each for two accounts ($120 total), $50 each for three accounts ($150 total) and $45 each for four accounts or more ($180 total). This plan comes with 22GB of unthrottled data and 100GB of storage per person, not shared across the entire family, which seems like a great deal.
So now there are two Fi plans, the new “Unlimited” and the earlier “Flexible” plan:
Google Fi is an exclusive cellular service which can save you money based on how you use your mobile service. The fees pretty much stop is limited to the data you use. Get multiple data-only SIM cards for free for your other devices, free hotspot capabilities, and international data in over 135 countries, all at the usual rate. Get unlimited calls and texts, and since your phone number stays in the cloud, you get Google Voice-style features such as call forwarding, Wi-Fi calling, online voicemail, and texts and calls on any device via the Google Hangouts app or website. You are not bound by any contracts and you can cancel or restart your Fi service at any time.
For Fi, there are two classes of device support. Phones which are “Designed for Fi” allow you to combine service from T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular into one huge super network and get an always-on VPN. Last year, Fi was expanded to work with non-Fi phones, but rather than switching between three services, you simply get T-Mobile service with the Fi pricing and services intact.
Right now, the Fi Store is also offering 50% off Pixel 3s to mark the new unlimited plan. As the Pixel 4 is just around the corner, this also works out to be a clearance sale.