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Google Fi is taking 25% off all Pixel 3a purchases

If you want to buy a Google phone from the Google carrier, now's the time to do so: for a limited (but indeterminate amount of) time, Google Fi is offering new and existing customers 25% off the price of a Pixel 3a or 3a XL if they activate the device with the network.

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No need to wait for Google Fi SIMs — Best Buy sells 'em now (Update: Now at Target too)

In all the years that Google Fi (formerly Project Fi) has existed, you had to order SIM cards online from Google to activate your phone. Now, there's another way to get them. Just swing by your local Best Buy store, and you might be able to pick up a Fi SIM for a couple of bucks.

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Google Fi rolling out DSDS support for faster network switching beginning with Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 officially supports dual-SIM dual-standby for those who prefer to stay connected with the help of two networks — it's a feature that feels wasted in the U.S. given how much it costs to make that commitment in this country. Luckily for people who've decided to buy one, they can now take it to Google Fi as it now officially supports DSDS for that particular phone.

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[Update: Retail and MVNOs] Here's where you can buy the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL in the US

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been announced and already, the masses have flocked to online retail outlets to make their pre-orders. Over time, more carriers will sign on with their own sales. So, we're gonna help you keep track of where you can buy the latest Google phones and what you'll be getting for your money with this handy-dandy post right here, which will be updated when necessary.

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Google Fi dark theme begins rolling out

Google Fi is joining the growing list of apps with a built-in dark theme. We saw hints that this theme was being developed — starting with a data usage widget —back in April. Now, it seems that the full theme is finally ready for deployment.

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Google Fi's new "unlimited" plan is an admission of defeat for the upstart MVNO

Google announced a new "unlimited" plan for its Fi cellular service this morning, and on paper, it's an improvement in most ways over the company's current pricing model for heavy duty users. Data caps have been increased to 22GB before throttling, while pricing for individuals has been lowered to $70 per month (previously, Fi maxed out at $80/mo for individual users). The catch is that it's $70 per month, full stop — Fi's dynamic data pricing doesn't apply to unlimited subscribers. For those who want to stick with Fi's old dynamic model, they'll still be limited to 15GB per month before throttling may occur, and enjoy the same per-gigabyte pricing they always have.

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Google Fi is cracking down on data SIM hoarders, limiting each account to 4

Some groups on Google Fi have been saving $15 a month per person by putting data-only SIMs into their phones. By grabbing a virtual number and using it with their VoIP and web-based messaging apps — along with a little work in the APN settings — they could circumvent the base cost for voice and text service that a smartphone SIM brought. And while it might be completely acceptable to do, the carrier has sought to cut down on how many people can take advantage of what's effectively a loophole. It just introduced a new limit on how many data-only SIMs each account may have active.

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Pixel 3, 3a owners with Google Fi device protection can now get same-day screen repairs at uBreakiFix

Google Fi subscribers who own a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL and have opted into paying a few dollars per month for device protection have gained a nice perk if they so happen to drop their phones and crack their display: the carrier has announced that if customers are approved for a screen repair claim, they may opt to take their phone to a uBreakiFix location for same-day service.

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Google and Dish could be planning to form a mobile carrier, but Google denies report

The Sprint/T-Mobile merger still has potential to materialize and it seems like we're in a holding pattern at the moment, waiting to see if it will be able to carve portions of its spectrum holdings off to another buyer to maintain the presence of a "fourth" national carrier. Satellite TV provider Dish looks to be the most apparent buyer in the market, but has notoriously been negligent to spend any money building a cellular network, perhaps holding lost hopes of being able to sell its portfolio to other carriers. Now, faced with the crisis of opportunity, the New York Post reports that Dish has been in talks with a board member of Alphabet to finally strike up a new carrier.

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[Update: Resolved] Google Fi subscribers can't make calls over cellular right now

If you are on Google Fi and you're unable to place a call right now, you aren't alone. Widespread reports indicate that Fi subscribers are unable to place or receive calls via their cellular connection, though SMS, data, and Wi-Fi calling services appear to be unaffected. We can independently confirm that calls placed over Fi are failing.

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