After years of being “Project Fi”, a service geared toward techies and beta testers, Google recently evolved this project into “Google Fi”.
Along with the redesign, we can expect better service, better coverage, and better rates as Google Fi competes on a bigger scale. Signing up for Google Fi? Use this referral code for a service credit!
After 3 years of growing with you, our Project Fi community, we’re excited to announce some big news: Project Fi is now GoogleFi. Your service and billing won’t be impacted, but you’ll notice a new name, logo, and look-and-feel in places like your GoogleFi app and your GoogleFi account.
You can now also bring most Android phones and iPhones to GoogleFi. While these phones get most of the GoogleFi features you know and love, only phones designed for Fi, like the Pixel you have, unlock all of GoogleFi‘s unique features, including seamless switching between cellular networks and automatic connection to secure Wi-Fi hotspots. Since you’re already on the best GoogleFi experience, you don’t need to take any action for your own account. Feel free to share the news with friends or family who might be interested in bringing a phone to GoogleFi.
Finally, if you’re looking for a new phone, we’re celebrating our big day with one-day offers on all phones designed for Fi, from the Pixel 3 to the Moto G6. Everyone is eligible for these offers—whether you’re looking for a phone for yourself or know someone you’d like to refer to GoogleFi.
Today’s update is just the start, and we can’t wait to bring you more from GoogleFi. As always, please reach out if you have any questions—we’re here for you 24/7.
I’ve tested Google Project Fi on my new iPhone XS. Data services work great, voice service is functional (sans-WiFi / Data Calling).
SMS and MMS messaging seemed even more finicky than my iPhone 6 on project fi. At first, it appeared there was no SMS functionality at all iMessage wasn’t setting-up with the number and I couldn’t send or receive SMS messages. After restarting the phone, however, iMessage did register which indicates the phone was able to successfully send a background SMS message to Apple’s servers to confirm service. The SMS functionality remained, however, severely limited. SMS messages appear to send, however, they are never delivered to the recipient. MMS message functionality (as with any iPhone on FI) is completely gone.
The extra limited SMS functionality is quite odd as I am able to send/receive SMS messages on my iPhone 6 using Google Fi. I have attempted to troubleshoot this by adjusting the APN settings to h2g2 from the default of alpha as well as resetting the network settings. Unfortunately, this being an iPhone there just aren’t that many paths to troubleshooting an issue like this. As a side note, my Fi SIM card is pretty old so I will be ordering a replacement SIM just in case the newer SIM cards have better compatibility.
My original plan with this new phone was to use Verizon as the primary sim with Google Fi as a backup. Unfortunately, Apple does not yet support dual sim functionality, but it is anticipated it will be enabled with an update in November 2018. Upon availability, I will be using the built-in eSim for my Verizon service and I will use a pre-activated Project Fi SIM in the physical sim slot.
Update 2018-11-08: iOS 12.1 brought the availability of the eSIM to the iPhone XS & XS Max. Unfortunately, there is still no support for the eSIM tech by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Google Fi (via QR Code, Fi Supports eSIM with the app). As soon as I catch word the major US carriers have QR code eSIM availability, I will be testing it out on my XS and reporting back here.
408-256-0700 is the phone number Google Fi assigns to the caller ID of known spam calls.
According to Google:
Update: This issue has been fixed with Android 6.0
You may see spam calls from +1-408-256-0700 on Bluetooth watches connected to a Project Fi phone. This is the number Project Fi uses when it identifies a spam call. It only appears on your watch and doesn’t ring your phone. When you see the number, please ignore it.
If you are seeing this number on your device, you may be using project Fi on an iPhone or non-fi device. You can ignore these spam calls.
According to Reddit user and claimed 911 dispatcher prynsys03, 4082560700 is also used as the caller ID on 911 call back numbers and calls made to the spring and T-Mobile MSID assigned to your phone:
In order to access the Sprint and Tmobile networks, each Project Fi customer was assigned a MSID (mobile service ID) that allows access to each network. The MSID is basically a phone number that connects you with Sprint and Tmobile. So, technically you have 3 phone numbers! Yes 3! When someone calls your MSID for Sprint or Tmobile, it rings into your Project Fi phone and displays 408 256 0700 as the caller ID. The reason you may be getting so many calls is because the MSID you were given is a recycled phone number! DO NOT block that number! If you ever have to call 911 and have to hang up, the dispatcher will not be able to contact you back! The dispatcher is not provided your “real” phone number. Instead we are provided your Tmobile or Sprint MSID, depending on which tower you used to make the call. So if we have to call you back and you block 408 256 0700, we cannot get through!