How to Use Your iPhone with Project Fi

How to Use Your iPhone with Project Fi

The dream of all travelers looking for an easy and simple solution – how to use your iPhone with Project Fi. Google’s Project Fi works by connecting the cellphone user to Sprint, T-Mobile, or U.S. Cellular, depending on which has the strongest signal at the time they want to make a call. It is this versatility which has driven so many tech junkies to Project Fi as it eliminates the need for committing oneself to a single network for an extended period of time.

If you’re prepared to abandon your current provider in favor of Project Fi, you should be aware Google has only made the service available on certain phones, the majority of which it has manufactured itself, such as the Pixel. A recent expansion of Project Fi means it can be accessed through a number of non-Google phones , such as the Moto G6, but it remains an official impossibility on many popular phones, most notably the ever-popular iPhone.

Now, “official” is the key word of the previous sentence. Google has not officially made Project Fi available on the iPhone, but this doesn’t mean it is completely off the table for iPhone owners. If you want to access Project Fi through your iPhone, it can be done with the right SIM and a little bit of cunning.

Tackling the Carrier Lock

If you want to access Project Fi through your iPhone, the first thing you will need to do is ensure your phone is not carrier locked. Luckily, carrier locking is much rarer in iPhones than it is in many other phones as iPhones can be purchased directly from Apple with the carrier being chosen later.

If you did indeed obtain your iPhone from an official Apple store, the chances of it being carrier locked are slim to none. However, if you purchased your iPhone through a cell phone carrier, it is almost certainly going to be locked to that carrier, which is something you’re going to have to figure out prior to being able to use your iPhone with Project Fi.

If your contract with your network provider has recently come to a close, escaping from the carrier lock is a relatively simple affair and can be done through a phone call or email to your network. When you are under contract, however, you’ll likely have to arrange a buyout, so you may be better off just riding things out and switching to Project Fi once your current contract has expired.

Obtaining a SIM

Securing a Project Fi SIM card is relatively easy; all you have to do is sign up to the service. (Also to note: If you join through this link: Google Project Fi, we each receive $20 Fi credit if you join Project Fi.)You should, however, be prepared to stretch the truth just a little bit. When Google asks you which device you would like to bring to Project Fi, select Pixel or Nexus.

Of course, you and I know you have no intention of bringing Project Fi to a Pixel or Nexus, but Google doesn’t. Once you have successfully applied for Project Fi, you will be sent a SIM kit (no cell phone) which you can then manipulate to work with your iPhone.

Activating your SIM

The most challenging part of accessing Project Fi through your iPhone is the act of activating your Project Fi SIM card. A Project Fi SIM can only be activated through a phone which officially supports Project Fi, so once you obtain your SIM you’re going to have to find a Pixel or a Nexus on which you can activate it.

Once you have gotten your hands on a Pixel or Nexus phone, the actual process of activating the SIM card only takes a couple of minutes, so you can assure your friend or family member you’ll have their Google phone back to them sooner rather than later. During the setup process, you will be asked to connect the SIM to a Google account.

Obviously, choose your own (create a Google account if you don’t already have one). Once your SIM card has been registered, be sure to disconnect your Google account from your friend’s phone. Failure to do so will make it impossible to access Project Fi through your iPhone once you have installed the SIM.

Also to note: If you join through this link: Google Project Fi, we each receive $20 Fi credit if you join Project Fi.

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Installing Your SIM in Your iPhone

Once you have successfully activated your Project Fi SIM in your friend’s Google cellphone – and disconnected your Google account from the device – remove the SIM and place it in your iPhone before restarting it.

Once your iPhone reboots, Project Fi should be instantly available, although you won’t be able to send MMS messages to contacts who don’t use iMessage right off the bat. In order to fix this, enable the “Cellular Data” option under your phone’s cellular banner in “Settings.”

Once you are certain cellular data has been enabled, return to the “Cellular” subheading in “Settings” and manually enter the following into the appropriate sections, leaving blank those which have been deemed N/A:

APN: h2g2
Username: [N/A]
Password: [N/A]
MMSC: https://mmsc1.g-mms.com/mms/wapenc
MMS Proxy: [N/A]
MMS Max Message Size: 1048676
MMS UA Prof URL: https://www.apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf

Also to note: If you join through this link: Google Project Fi, we each receive $20 Fi credit if you join Project Fi.

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The Limitations

As you can see, installing Project Fi on your iPhone can be quite tedious, but that manual labor is far from the only issue you can expect to face.

Because Project Fi was not designed with iPhone users in mind, it cannot be fully experienced on an iPhone and those who try to access the service on an Apple device should prepare themselves for a number of problems which would not be present when using the service on an official Project Fi phone.

For example, when accessed via an iPhone, Project Fi is unable to connect to all three networks offered by the service and will instead rely solely on T-Mobile, so you should ensure the T-Mobile connection in your area is strong before converting to Project Fi.

Furthermore, Google charges Project Fi users $10 per gigabyte of data per month (capped at 6GB), so if you rely on data for work or personal use you may not have the room in your budget to meet Project Fi’s rates, especially if you have just spent upwards of $800 on an iPhone. See more: How much are Project Fi Taxes and Fees?

Also to note: If you join through this link: Google Project Fi, we each receive $20 Fi credit if you join Project Fi.

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