Google Fi Gets Some Upgrades, Some Price Cuts

Posted on April 9, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Google, Microsoft with 9 Comments

Google has lowered the prices of its Google Fi Unlimited plans and has made improvements to all Fi plans, including the non-Unlimited plans.

“Your family’s phone plan should be safe, seamless, and offer great value, no matter what your data and budget needs are,” Google’s Dhwani Shah explains. “That’s why today, we’re announcing reduced pricing for our unlimited phone plans and feature updates to all our phone plans to give you even more value.”

Google Fi offers three main plans—Flexible, Simply Unlimited, and Unlimited Plus—each of which can serve one to six people at reduced per user per month prices. Each gets unlimited calls and texts, no contracts or activation fees, and a built-in VPN and spam blocking. And where the Flexible has pay-as-you-go pricing, the other two are unlimited with a specific set of features: unlimited data in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, hotspot tethering (5 GB per month for Simply Unlimited, unlimited for Unlimited Plus), and so on. And Unlimited Plus, as you might expect, has several unique features over Simply Unlimited, like data SIM access for additional devices and 100 GB of Google One storage.

So. What changed?

The Flexible plan, which costs $20 per month for one user plus $10 for each GB of data used, now offers unlimited calling within Canada and Mexico at no extra cost.

The Simply Unlimited plan is now $5 to $10 cheaper per line per month, depending on how many lines you have. For a single user, the price has decreased from $60 per month to $50. And for four or more lines, it’s gone down from $30 per line per month to $20. Simply Unlimited customers are also getting more data—35 GB per month, up from 22—and 5 GB of hotspot tethering (previously 0). And as with Flexible, they’re getting unlimited calling within Canada and Mexico at no extra cost.

The Unlimited Plus plans are also seeing price reductions, in this case of $5 per month: a single line is now $65 per line per month, down from $70. They’re also getting the same data bump from 22 GB to 35 GB per month and the same unlimited calling within Canada and Mexico.

To celebrate these improvements, Google is also hosting a sale of up to $500 on select Fi-compatible handsets, or you can get a $100 Fi bill credit if you bring your own phone. You can learn more on the Google Fi website.

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9 responses to “Google Fi Gets Some Upgrades, Some Price Cuts”

  1. jlmerrill

    The site says Flexible $17/month (was $20) plus $10 per gigabit.

    $20 simply unlimited plan (up to 35 Gb then slowdown) US, Mexico, Canada. Extra for overseas, 5 gb tethering etc.

    I see nothing of the $25 and $50 plan. Maybe I missed it.

  2. dave.erwin

    The Simply Unlimited pricing is odd. $80 for two and four lines, $75 for three. So, if you have a spare phone, save $5/month by signing up for three lines instead of two?

  3. DegenDude

    WARNING: I joined Google fi 3 years ago and have loved the savings but have to warn everyone that for the last 4 months I've not been able to receive calls and Google has done nothing to fix my solution.

    I've sent nearly 50 emails and have been on voice chat and phone calls pleading with them to either refund me or just admit they can't solve the problem but despite all my email they tell me to keep waiting.

    All the reasons they give have been debunked by testing and I even bought a new phone since they said that was the problem- it was not.

    Now I can't get out of this horror show and consumers should STAY WAY!

    Since there is no way to cancel once you're entangled in an escalated service issue. I wish it wasn't this bad - i was a big fan but now it's a nightmare!

  4. Daekar

    Does anyone remember when "unlimited" meant you could use unlimited data without paying more?

    I don't understand how they haven't been dragged to court and beaten within an inch of their lives for this nonsense.

    • wright_is

      In Germany, unlimited means unlimited. If you try and put a limit on unlimited, you will end up in court for false advertising.

      My daughter moved into a newly renovated apartment and had to wait 3 months for the telephone provider to get around to cabling up the building. I got her an O2 Unlimited SIM for 40€ and an LTE router to tide her over. She was chewing through a good 200GB a month, mainly Netflix, it didn't cost a penny extra an no slow downs.

      My own plan does throttle when I hit the 25GB limit, but, there again, it is classed as a "Large" contract with a fixed data volume, it isn't unlimited. With extra data costing between 50c and 1€ per GB, booking extra data volume is also reasonable.

    • hellcatm

      Well, it's because the internet isn't thought of as a utility so they can put a cap on unlimited. It sucks but it's because you have a few people that use the internet for pirating and other illegal activities that use a lot of bandwidth. So as usual because of a few rotten eggs we have to pay the price. It's the same reason why most ISPs have a higher download speed than upload.

  5. wright_is

    I get 25GB included in my contract (congstar Germany, Large contract for 20€/month). All 25GB can be used on a hotspot, I don't see why Google differentiate between hotspot and non-hotspot use, you've paid for the data, so what does it matter, how you use it? When my daughter moved into her new flat, she had to wait 3 months for the provider to cable up the building, I got her an unlimited SIM and a 4G router - 40€ a month - where she got through around 200GB a month, mainly Netflix.

    Also $10 seems like a lot for extra data, once you have exceeded your limit. I pay 5€ for 10GB (day pass). 20€ for 20GB for a Weekly Pass.

    I know that there is a difference between Europe and the US, when it comes to mobile data costs, but paying $10 for 1GB of data is daylight robbery! And putting limits on hotspot usage seems very mean in the 2020s.

  6. hellcatm

    If Google Fi used the Verizon network I'd consider moving to it, but the T-Mobile networks is horrible where I live.

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