You might have a reason to want to switch to Google Fi, but maybe you want to tie that onto a cheap or maybe even free upgrade. Well, Google's got ya — it's offering up to $600 off MSRP on a variety of Samsung flagships and Motorola phones.
Google is an advertising business first and foremost, though over the last few years, the company has introduced many paid services: YouTube Premium, Google One, Fi, and Stadia Pro come to mind, among many others. There's never been a central hub where you could find Google's subscription offers, but that's now a thing of the past: You can see all of the company's paid services in one place on the Google Store.
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.
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.
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.
Ever since Google announced back in 2017 that Hangouts would be split into the Chat and Meet apps, consumers have been curious about when to expect major changes. We started seeing the first signs of the transition earlier this year, and now Google is letting Hangouts holdovers know what to expect going forward — including the plans for Google Fi and Google Voice customers.
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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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.