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Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google Assistant and Fi get more features for the whole family to enjoy

Google is pushing several new family-oriented features for Google Assistant users and customers of its virtual cellular carrier, Google Fi, that will enable parents to easily and more thoroughly manage their children's relationship to these potent services.

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Troubleshooting connection issues on Google Fi is about to get easier

Troubleshooting connection issues on Google Fi is about to get easier

Google Fi presents a pretty good value, offering a decent price for cell service, and good promos to boot. And as a multi-network MVNO, you get service through several different carriers depending on where you are, which can mean a better overall signal than simply being locked to a single carrier, but that isn't always true. In fact, troubleshooting connectivity issues when you do run into them on Google Fi is quite a pain, but thanks to a new update that's rolling out right now, it should be a little easier going forward.

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New Messages for Web features are rolling out to Google Fi users

New Messages for Web features are rolling out to Google Fi users

With Hangouts on its way out, Google Fi users might have been wondering how they would access their messages on the web. We learned from a teardown back in May that Messages for Web would be getting Google Fi-specific features, and it looks like this new experience is now rolling out.

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Get a Pixel 4a for as little as $216 with Google Fi's new subscription program

Get a Pixel 4a for as little as $216 with Google Fi's new subscription program

Google Fi has just launched a phone subscription plan that is actually a pretty sweet deal. For $15 a month over two years, you can get a Pixel 4a plus a device protection insurance plan. That works out to just $10 more than the current unlocked retail price, plus theft and accidental damage protection. In two years, your phone is paid off and yours to keep, but you can also keep paying that monthly fee to upgrade to a new device. But there's also an even better deal available. If you don't care about insurance, the subscription is $9 a month — that's just $216 over the two years requried and way less than $350 up-front and unlocked price.

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Google Fi welcomes Samsung Galaxy phones to its lineup with up to $300 in credits

Google Fi welcomes Samsung Galaxy phones to its lineup with up to $300 in credits

Google Fi and its customers have nominal access to T-Mobile's 5G network, but frankly speaking, the number of Fi subscribers who have brought their compliant devices onto the network probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans. So, the virtual carrier is taking things into its own hands by selling six of Samsung's 5G phones direct to buyers.

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Google Fi ends 60-day late-payment grace period introduced after COVID-19

Google Fi ends 60-day late-payment grace period introduced after COVID-19

Many cell carriers around the world temporarily boosted speeds, forgave late fees, and/or delayed payments as millions of people lost their jobs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the global economy hasn't quite recovered yet, and some U.S. states have unemployment rates as high as 16%, Google Fi announced it is returning to pre-COVID payment due dates and data limits.

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Google Fi shutting down Group Repay on September 16

Google Fi shutting down Group Repay on September 16

If you and up to five of your best siblings or buddies went into a Google Fi account together and use the Group Repay feature to sort out the bill at the end of the month, bad news: the company is doing away with that option from September 16.

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Google Fi and Google Voice numbers can finally co-exist on a Google account

Google Fi and Google Voice numbers can finally co-exist on a Google account

The long-awaited separation of Google Fi and Google Voice is finally complete, which means Google account owners can own Fi and Voice phone numbers. This means that Google Fi users will be able to make calls through Google Voice, that Google Voice users will be able to forward calls to their Google Fi number, and vice versa.

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Moto G Power and G Stylus are already $100 off on Google Fi

Moto G Power and G Stylus are already $100 off on Google Fi

Google's pre-paid carrier is always running at least a few promotions, and every once in a while, Fi customers can get a new phone at a killer price. Motorola just released the Moto G Power and G Stylus last month, and now you can get both phones for $100 off on Google Fi.

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Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Recently, some SMS/text messages sent by Google Fi subscribers were arriving as strange Chinese gibberish — with the occasional emoji thrown in for good measure. Tests confirmed that the problem seemed to be caused by an encoding issue, likely exclusive to Fi messages sent to Verizon subscribers. Google tells us it has since rolled out a fix for the problem.

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