Google Fi promotions can end early, so don’t wait if you want to take advantage of this deal.
- Pixel 3 64 GB is discounted from $799 to $399.
- Pixel 3 128 GB is discounted from $899 to $449.
- Pixel 3 XL 64 GB is discounted from $899 to $449.
- Pixel 3 XL 128 GB is discounted from $999 to $499.
Note that Pixel 4 will launch on 10/15.
I got a Pixel 3 for my wife Mimi during November’s crazy deal and she loves the incredible camera it has. It’s truly light years ahead of all other smartphone cameras!
You must activate your Pixel 3 or 3 XL on the Google Fi account used to purchase the phone within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email. You can activate it yourself or give it to a group plan member to activate.
After activation you can switch it to any cell phone service. Mimi’s Pixel works flawlessly on our Verizon plan and it should work on all carriers worldwide.
If Fi is not activated within 30 days of the phone shipment confirmation email, the discounted amount will be charged to your Google Payments account to match the full price of the phone.
- For individual plans, limit one per person. For group plans, limit one per group plan member.
- Offer is only available to U.S. residents ages 18 or older, and requires Google Payments and Google Fi accounts.
- This offer cannot be combined with other offers.
- If Google Fi determines that this offer is used in connection with abuse, misuse, or fraud, the discounted amount will be charged to your Google Payments account.
Google Fi plans:
Google introduced a new unlimited plan today. This comes with unlimited high speed data worldwide up to 22GB per user, and data may be slower after that unless you pay $10/GB. They also come with unlimited free calls from the US to 50+ countries and unlimited free data and texting worldwide! Plus each plan member will get 100GB of free Google One storage, a $1.99/month value, that can be used across your Google account for Gmail storage, phone backup, etc. If you already have Google One, you will get a $1.99/month discount. Mobile tethering is included and there are no contracts.
- 1 line of unlimited will cost $70/month (~$2.30/day).
- 2 lines of unlimited will cost $60/month/line (~$1.97/line/day).
- 3 lines of unlimited will cost $50/month/line (~$1.64/line/day).
- 4+ lines of unlimited will cost $45/month/line (~$1.48/line/day).
Traditional Google Fi plans are still available as well. You’ll get unlimited calling and texting in the US and low rates for calls worldwide. You’ll pay $10/GB, pro-rated to exactly the amount of data you use, and you won’t pay for any data used over 6GB/month. If you use 0.5GB you’ll pay $5 for data that month as all data is prorated.
- 1 line of flexible usage will cost $20/month (~$0.66/day).
- Each additional line of flexible usage will add $15/month (~$0.58/line/day on a 2 line plan, ~$0.55/line/day on a 3 line plan, ~$0.53/line/day on a 4 line plan.).
Many people use Google Fi domestically, though I’m on a grandfathered shared Verizon plan with unlimited everything for $30/month, so it’s not compelling for me to use in the USA.
However I use Google Fi extensively when traveling abroad. 4G LTE data is the same $10 per GB everywhere in over 135 countries. That’s a bargain for true high-speed data. Plus you only pay for what you use, so if you use 1.1GB you’ll pay $11, not $20. You can make phone calls for 20 cents/minute or you can make phone calls to the US/Canada over the data network with Google Voice with no charge per minute. The line itself effectively costs just 66 cents per day and you can pause your plan and number at any time and not pay a thing while it’s paused. I’ve used it in places from Israel to Svalbard to the UAE. The pause feature allows you to pause your plan for 3 months and you can keep extending the pause. You’ll get an email when your service resumes and you can pause it again. You can view supported countries here.
One thing that isn’t made clear is that unlike the traditional flexible plan, the unlimited plan can’t be paused in middle of a billing cycle. I was thinking that the new unlimited plan would be an amazing value when traveling, but found that nugget buried in the terms and conditions of the new plan. That makes it far less likely that I’ll take advantage of the new unlimited plan.
You will however be able to keep using Google One 100GB of data, even when your unlimited plan is paused.
Earlier this year we went to Israel and used Google Fi. We spent 9 days there, so that’s a cost of about $10.44 for the lines. We also used 5.7GB of data, which costs $57, for a total of $67.44.
Had we used the unlimited plan we would have had to keep it active for the whole month, costing us $120. That would be worthwhile if we were on a longer trip or used more data, but would not have been a good value in our case.
While other carriers offer data plans that work abroad, they typically offer slow data speeds and have extremely stingy caps on how much high speed data you can use per day.
You can use your Google Fi phone as a hotspot and you can even get a free data only SIM for other devices to use at the same low rate per GB anywhere in the world.
Do you use Fi in the US or when abroad? Will you use the new unlimited plan?