More Google Fi Features are Coming to More Phones

Posted on December 9, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Google with 3 Comments

Google announced today that it is bringing Google Fi spam warnings, enhanced VPN network, and Wi-Fi calling to more phones.

“We’ve been working to bring the Google Fi experience to more people across the U.S., and last year we expanded Fi plans to the majority of Android devices and iPhones,” Google’s Alex Zheng writes. “Today, we’re bringing some favorite Fi features to these devices.”

Those features, spam warnings, enhanced VPN network, and Wi-Fi calling, were previously available only Fi-certified phones. But now, Google, says, spam call warnings and number blocking is available on all phones Fi-compatible phones, including iPhone. And Fi’s enhanced VPN network and Wi-Fi calling features are available on all Android phones.

“When you use our enhanced VPN network, all of your cellular and W-iFi traffic is encrypted so you have peace of mind, knowing nobody else can see your online activity,” Zheng says. “And with Wi-Fi calling, you can make and receive calls as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, even when you don’t have cellular coverage.”

Google says you can access these features in the Google Fi app’s Phone Settings interface.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “More Google Fi Features are Coming to More Phones”

  1. JCerna

    Paul any word on Google Fi and 5G is going to work. All the carriers now hove 5g phones out T-Mobile winning a bit with coverage even if its a bit slower, since google Fi uses their antennas is it just buying a 5G phone or waiting for them to sell one?

    • Paul Thurrott

      I don't recall if they've ever discussed this. No Fi-certfied (Pixel, etc.) phones even support 5G right now, so maybe this is something that happens next year. It would be weird if a third party phone got 5G support on Fi before Google's phones.
  2. techreader

    Just waiting for WiFi calling on iPhone. Due to signal issues, I can’t really use Fi without that.

  3. faustxd9

    Just checked and the Google FI app and in addition to the android features it also gives you a free Google Mini.