What Phones Work with Project Fi?

What Phones Work with Project Fi?

So you have heard of this new Project Fi by Google and are wondering what phones work with Project Fi? Surprisingly, Project Fi has flown somewhat under the radar of the common cellphone user, with the majority of hearty Project Fi discussion being limited to circles of hardcore tech fanatics. Project Fi is Google’s foray into the world of network operation, although it differs from most rival carriers in a number of areas.

Arguably the most unique thing about Project Fi is rather than being a cell service unto itself, it uses Google’s partnership with three larger cell networks – Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile – as well as Wi-Fi hotspots, to provide the user with the most comprehensive experience possible. When you try to make a call using Project Fi, your phone will connect to one of the three aforementioned carriers, settling on whichever carrier’s signal is the strongest in your location at that time.

This is a pretty nifty feature and one not offered by any other cell service, so Project Fi is definitely worthy of your consideration if you don’t want to tie yourself down to any individual carrier for the length of a contract.

The major downside of Project Fi is its almost exclusively compatible with phones manufactured by Google, such as those which fall under the Pixel umbrella. It is possible to manipulate a Project Fi SIM card into working on an iPhone, but doing so requires a great deal of skill and effort and the performance will be so lackluster that most tech fans advise against it.

If you would like to try Project Fi and want to make sure you get a phone with the ability to support it, we suggest choosing one of the following models. Below are some of the most reliable cell phones for Project Fi users. 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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What Phones Work with Project Fi?

Nexus 6P

Nexus phones are often viewed as obsolete, but it would be remiss of us not to mention the range in this article given the fact the Nexus was the very first phone to run Project Fi. The Nexus 6P was the final phone to be released under the Nexus umbrella and first hit shelves in October of 2015, only to be discontinued the following year. Despite this, the Nexus 6P and similar Nexus phones can still be purchased from secondary sellers online and should be capable of running Project Fi without issue.

Pros

  • The Nexus line has the distinction of being the first line of phones to run Project Fi
  • Given most Nexus 6P phones available today come pre-owned, you will be able to obtain one relatively cheap
  • The last Nexus 6P was released in December 2017, so the phone remains in line with contemporary presentation and operation standards

Cons

  • Having been discontinued towards the end of 2016, the Nexus 6P lacks certain features that have become commonplace since its release
  • When you purchase a cell phone on the secondary market, the chances of receiving a damaged or faulty product significantly increase
  • The Nexus 6P features no memory card slot, so storage on the device is limited

Google Pixel 2

The Pixel is Google’s flagship cell phone line and is considered by many to be the only way to truly experience the brand’s Project Fi. Unlike other cell phones capable of running Project Fi, the Pixel 2 comes fitted with an embedded eSIM, so you won’t have to drop extra cash on an external Project Fi SIM. As well as running Project Fi, the Google Pixel 2 can download and run the vast majority of modern apps, which is one of many distinct advantages it holds over its Nexus predecessors. Before I started traveling, I switched from an iPhone to the Pixel to sign up for Project Fi. It all of 15 minutes, the transition was near seamless and I’ve never looked back. I love the Pixel and Google Fi! Also to note: If you join through this link: Google Project Fi, we each receive $20 Fi credit if you join Project Fi.

Pros

  • Although it is not totally waterproof, the Google Pixel 2 features a water-resistance rating of IP67
  • This phone is generally considered to have one of the finest cameras of any smartphone on the market and is often chosen by photographers over the iPhone
  • At the time of this writing, the announcement of the Google Pixel 3 has resulted in a serious price drop in the Pixel 2

Cons

  • Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google has decided to eradicate the headphone jack from the majority of its smartphones and so the Pixel 2 requires wireless headphones
  • While it demands wireless headphones, the Pixel 2 does not allow for wireless charging
  • With the impending release of the Google Pixel 3, the brand is almost certainly going to be paying less attention to the Pixel 2, which will soon render the phone obsolete

Moto G6

If saving money is your primary concern in your search for a phone which can comfortably run Project Fi, the Moto G6 is the way to go. While older Project Fi phones can be purchased pre-owned for a couple of hundred dollars, the Moto G6 can be purchased brand new for only a little over $200 (sometimes even slightly less). Project Fi on the Moto G6 is the result of Google’s decision to expand the service and boasts dual rear cameras, a 3000mAh Li-Ion battery, and even splash resistance. Don’t get us wrong, the Moto G6 is very much a budget phone, but it allows for Project Fi to be experienced just as Google intended. The Moto G6 is changing the perception of what a budget phone can be and is eradicating the myth that purchasing one is settling for second best.

Pros

  • The obvious allure of the Moto G6 is its low price, which allows the user to fully experience Project Fi for just a little over $200
  • Unlike the Nexus 6P, the Moto G6 features a microSD slot for extra storage
  • Unlike the Pixel 2, this phone comes equipped with the increasingly rare 3.5mm headphone jack

Cons

  • The camera of the Moto G6 is far from impressive, so photographers curious about Project Fi should take their search elsewhere
  • One of the most commonly reported issues of the Moto G6 is its battery life, which falls well below average
  • Furthering the problems with the camera of the Moto G6 is its complete lack of 4K video recording
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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