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.
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.
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.
Google Voice has been a useful (if somewhat confusing) part of Google's product portfolio for a while now, but these days it's Google's Fi service that's getting most of the love. Since its inception, Fi and Voice have shared a confusing relationship, and users couldn't use both services on a single Google account. Late last year, Google began the process of decoupling the two, and now it looks like another milestone has been hit, as we've received reports that Fi users are now able to access Google Voice on the web.
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Ever since expanding away from selling just Pixel phones, virtual carrier Google Fi has always had a Motorola phone in its lineup as a mid-range stablemate. Now, with the Moto G Power and Moto G Stylus becoming available for sale, there's word that Fi will be bringing this pair into its roundhouse as well.
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.
Google has silently taken the first step in disentangling Google Fi from Google Voice, with the stated goal of supporting both on a single Google account. Late last year, the company revealed that it was changing how Fi would store voicemails, separating them from Google Voice, but keeping them accessible otherwise in all the same locations as before.
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.
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.
We've already learned that the Pixel 4 is just as quick to receive discounts as the Pixel 3 back in the day as it's $200 off in the Google Store this week. If you're interested in using the device on the Fi network, Google will give you an even crazier price: When you activate the phone through the carrier, it'll give you 50% of the full price back in Google Fi credit. That means you can get the smaller Pixel 4 64GB version for the unbelievable bargain price of $400, while the most expensive Pixel 4 XL 128GB will go for $500.