You Can Buy Google Fi SIM Cards at Best Buy Now

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile with 12 Comments

Google announced this week that customers can now purchase Google Fi SIM cards at over 500 Best Buy retail locations in the United States.

“We’re very excited to announce that Fi SIM cards are now available for purchase in 500+ Best Buy stores across the US,” the firm revealed on Reddit for some reason. “These SIMs will be sold separately from devices and are priced at $9.99. When you purchase a Fi SIM from participating Best Buy stores, you are eligible to receive a $10 service credit upon SIM activation on Fi (with a limit of one qualifying activation per person and a limit of six qualifying activations per group plan).”

To be clear, Google Fi SIMs are actually free, and customers can order a replacement or duplicate at any time directly from Google. The only issue with that system, of course, is that you have to wait for the SIM card to arrive in the mail. So the Best Buy availability is a nice option for those who need the card immediately. And the $10 cost is refunded via a $10 service credit, making that purchase free as well.

There is one caveat, however: Best Buy only sells “normal” talk and text SIM cards, not data-only SIMs. If you need a data-only SIM for your secondary devices, you will still need to order that directly from Google. Yes, this type of SIM is free as well.

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “You Can Buy Google Fi SIM Cards at Best Buy Now”

  1. glenn8878

    Best Buy only sells “normal” talk and text SIM cards”

    Is data included? Another technically to overcome.

    How do you get all 3 or do you need a 2 sim phone.

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to glenn8878:

      When Paul writes " 'normal' talk and text SIM cards" this refers to a single type of card, not two different kinds. Perhaps it would have been clearer if he wrote something like "Best Buy only sells the "normal" talk & text SIM card."

      You pay for data on a per-GB basis, with some rules about price and speed caps at higher levels that depend on how many devices are on your account. You'll need to visit their site for those details. Note that data-only SIM cards cannot be used without a phone subscription. In other words, the data-only SIM is meant for existing phone customers to add secondary devices to their accounts.

  2. sanjeevsah084

    Nice Post Brother Health

  3. crmguru

    So does this mean I can join Fi with any phone that uses a physical sim that is unlocked? I don't have to use a Pixel? I can take my existing Samsung Note 8 get it unlocked and I get this sim and I am on Fi?

    • oxymarc

      In reply to crmguru:

      As far as I can tell yes. Even though customer support may discourage you if it's not on their list of "approved" devices. I just ordered a SIM the other day and hope to just activate it on my non-Pixel phone that happens to be not on that previously mentioned list once it arrives on Friday.

    • MarkWibaux

      In reply to crmguru:

      https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6224695#supported_model


  4. mcduo

    Best Buy in US... Not in Canada

  5. Aurand

    Woo-hoo, Fi on my Lumia 950!

  6. tony_star

    Very Nice