With the release of Google’s Pixel series, the company stressed that the phones were Project Fi-compatible, which may have left some customers wondering, what are Fi-compatible phones?
Project Fi promises to help users find the fastest service automatically by analyzing available networks. It has up-to-date information, so it can factor in newly-built towers or newly-available radio frequencies. It will place your device on whichever tower offers the fastest service, whether that be 4G LTE, 3G, or 2G.
Fi-compatible phones will also automatically put users on Wi-Fi networks, when available, which may also help customers save on data costs.
The company partnered with Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, three companies that struggle to offer the same coverage as the much-larger Verizon and AT&T, to help users expand their service area.
Currently, not all Android devices can be used with Project Fi, and only North American model phones will work. The complete list of compatible devices includes:
- Android One Moto X4
- Nexus 6 and 6P
- Nexus 5X
- All Pixel devices
If you already have one of these devices, but are not yet enrolled in Project Fi, you can sign up here. There is no annual commitment when you join Project Fi, and plans start as low as $20 per month. Currently, Google is offering a promotion that users can earn a free Google Home Mini when they pre-order the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
Google has not announced whether it will offer Project Fi on other devices in the future.