Update 2: Google has killed the gift card offer early, at 10:05pm EST. Congrats to everyone who got this amazing deal!
Update: This offer ends tonight! Google Fi chat reps confirmed that this will work if you port in any Google Voice number that is older than 8/28 and that this will work regardless of whether you finance the phone or pay for it outright.
Google’s Project Fi cell phone service is now called Google Fi. Read more about how it works below.
As part of the relaunch, you can now bring your own phone to the service, including most Android and iPhones! Previously you had to use a specific Google Fi phone.
Option 1: Bring your own device and get $200 credit.
Check here to see if your current device will work on Google Fi. If your phone is not listed it still may work, but it has not yet been tested.
- If you signup today by 11:59pm PST and use your own device you’ll also get a $200 statement credit!
- Terms: To qualify for the service credit, activation must be for full service (i.e., activation does not apply to a data-only SIM). Afterwards, a service credit will be applied to the purchaser’s Fi account. Customer will receive an email notifying them of the service credit after all terms and conditions have been satisfied, and the credit will be applied to the customer’s subsequent bills around 45 – 60 days after activation. If the account is paused, credits will only appear once the account is reactivated. Service credits will be applied only toward monthly service costs such as data, calls, texts, and device protection; they cannot be applied device purchase or financing.
- New Google Fi users must transfer (port-in) their current personal number over to Google Fi during sign up. The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the user since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.
- Limit one per person. This offer is only available for U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and requires Google Payments and Google Fi accounts.
It’s worth noting that Google Fi’s phones are specifically designed to take advantage of Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular towers, so buying their phones may result in better coverage.
Option 2: Buy a new phone and get gift cards!
The great news is that if you buy a phone from Google Fi as a new or existing customer today by 11:59pm PST you’ll get gift cards equal to the price paid! You can choose from gift cards for Delta, Southwest, Airbnb, or Hotels.com.
- If you buy an unlocked:
- Moto G6 for $199 (32GB) you’ll get $199 of gift cards
- Moto X4 for $249 (32GB) or $299 (64GB) you’ll get $249 or $299 of gift cards
- LG G7 ThinQ for $549 (64GB) you’ll get $549 of gift cards
- LG V35 ThinQ for $699 (64GB) you’ll get $699 of gift cards
- Pixel 2 XL for $749 (64GB) or $849 (128GB) you’ll get $749 or $849 of gift cards
- Pixel 3 for $799 (64GB) or $899 (128GB) you’ll get $799 or $899 of gift cards
- Pixel 3 XL for $899 (64GB) or $999 (128GB) you’ll get $899 or $999 of gift cards
- Gift card promo terms:
- To qualify for this promotion, a device must be activated within 15 days of device shipment and remain active for 60 consecutive days within 75 days of device shipment. The device must be activated within the same group plan that was used to purchase the device. Activation must be for full service (i.e., activation does not apply to a data-only SIM).
- This offer is available for new Google Fi customers as of 11/28/18 12:00 AM PT and existing, active Google Fi customers. If the customer is new to Google Fi, the customer must transfer (port-in) their current personal number over to Google Fi during sign up. The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the customer since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.
- After the terms have been satisfied, the customer will receive an email from Google Fi (around 75 – 90 days after device activation) with instructions on how to obtain a gift card from Tango subject to Tango’s terms and conditions. The user can redeem gift card amounts with select travel partners: Airbnb, Delta Air Lines, Hotels.com, and Southwest Airlines. Gift cards may also be subject to the terms of the travel partners.
- If Fi service is paused for more than 7 days or cancelled within 120 days of activation, the value of the gift card will be charged to your Google Payments account to match the purchased price of the device. Limit one per person. This offer is only available for U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and requires Google Payments and Google Fi accounts. Unless otherwise stated, this offer cannot be combined with other offers. Offer and gift card redemption are not transferable, and are not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Void where prohibited.
Google Fi plans:
Unlimited calls and texts are $20/month and data is $10/GB with a max charge of $60 of data. If you use 0.5GB you’ll pay $5 for data that month as all data is prorated. Additional users with unlimited calls and texts are just $15/month.
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 67 cents per day and you can pause your plan and number as needed. I’ve used it in places from Israel to Svalbard to the UAE. You can view supported countries here.
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.
When I’m not traveling I just pause my service and don’t pay a thing. Note that if you do the gift card promotion, you can’t pause service within 120 days of activation. Service for 4 months costs $80, but pausing service in that initial time period will cost you $199-$999 depending on which phone you buy as the gift cards will be charged back to your account. After 120 days from activation you can pause service as needed and you won’t be charged anything while service is paused.
In other words you can get a Pixel 3 XL 128GB phone for $999 and get back $999 in gift cards. You need to keep the service for 4 months which will cost a minimum of $80, but you’ll also get a $20 credit for using my referral link.
In total you’ll pay $1,059 (plus tax) for the $999 phone, $999 in gift cards, and 4 months of unlimited talk+text plan. After 4 months you are free to keep the service if you love it or switch to another carrier.
Google Fi’s phones are unlocked and can be used on any carrier.
Will you switch to Google Fi with today’s promo?