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Amazon stocks Google Fi SIMs now, too (Updated)

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 offering free Nest Mini speakers to Google Fi customers

Time was, Google would hand out Home Mini speakers like they were candy. Now, there's a new cheap speaker in town. We saw the first Nest Mini freebies late last month, and now Google Fi customers can get a free speaker, too.

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Google Fi brings spam protection, VPN encryption, and Wi-Fi calling to more phones

Even after a major rebranding last year that made most Android devices compatible with Google Fi, users have to choose either a Google phone or a specially adapted one from the likes of Motorola to get the full Fi experience. That's because "designed for Fi" phones have unique modem and firmware tailored for the company's MVNO network to enable special features like automatic networking switching. Today's announcement from the Google Fi team, however, should make non-Google phone owners feel less left out, as the company is rolling out some hitherto Fi-only features to more Android devices, such as spam call warnings, Wi-Fi calling, and VPN protection.

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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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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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