Google Adds a Group Plan to Project Fi

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Mobile with 10 Comments

Google Adds a Group Plan to Project Fi

Google today announced that it now provides a group plan for its excellent Project Fi service: Now, up to six people can share a single Project Fi plan, along with all the management capabilities you’d expect.

“Today we’re excited to introduce Project Fi’s group plan: an easy way to share Project Fi with the people who matter most to you,” Google product manager Marcia Jung writes in a new post to the Project Fi Blog. “With Project Fi, wireless service is simple and easy — you get seamless access to three 4G LTE networks, use data abroad at no extra cost, and you send and receive texts and calls across multiple devices.”

I’m running out of words to explain how wonderful this service is. But the short version goes like this: I’ve been using Project Fi with my Google Nexus 6P since last December, and the service is transparent, affordable, and a no-brainer for people using compatible phones. And it’s even more impressive for international travelers, as you can simply use your phone normally and not incur any additional fees. It’s amazing.

And now it’s even better.

With its new group plan, Project Fi supports up to six users, as noted. There’s just one bill, you can track each user’s data usage and manage other settings, all from a single interface, the excellent Project Fi mobile app.

Each new group member gets Fi Basics, with unlimited talk and text for $15 per month, and you only pay for the data each user users, at the standard low rate of $10 per gigabyte. As with individual plans, you only pay for the data you use, and if you use less than you planned for, will be credited for the unused data on the next bill. I know. It sounds too good to be true.

As with the individual Project Fi plan, there are no contracts or commitments: Any member can join or leave at any time, or suspend the service for as long as they want. There are no additional fees.


And as for data usage, the plan manager can view that per user, while each member can view their own data usage, both from the Project Fi app. Managers and members can each configure data usage notifications, and managers can configure monthly data allotments on a per-member basis. If a member uses too much data, data access can be paused on their devices.

As before, Project Fi is supported on the Nexus 6, 6P and 5X, and now on the Pixel and Pixel XL as well. But here’s an interesting twist: Project Fi will continue to offer the Nexus 6P and 5X for sale—they’re not longer available from the online Google Store—and you can save big if you purchase one of these devices when you start Project Fi service.

You can learn more about Project Fi and the new group plan from the Project Fi web site. And existing customers who would like to change to a group plan can do so via their Project Fi account page.



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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Google Adds a Group Plan to Project Fi”

  1. 4828

    I have yet to try an android device. My whole family is on Windows Phone for a total of five devices. Would you recommend one of the nexus phones as an inexpensive way to investigate android? I don't want to go with one of the cheaper prepaid that I know will not offer a very good experience, if I'm going to check it out I want to try it on a device that I know will give a good experience but I don't want a large buy in and no commitment. Input would be appreciated.

    • 1088

      In reply to CaymanDreamin:

      I am not sure what your financial situation is.  You have three price ranges available to you - Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixcels.  Buy the one you can afford and see if you like it.  I think they are all great.  

      Remeber you have 30 days to try it.  If the device you get does not meet your needs - you should know within couple of weeks of use - just return it.  If it works - keep it and welcome to Android. : ) 

  2. 5485

    This is really a smart move from Google.

  3. 5234

    If this service offers free international roaming, WHY ISN'T IT AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE?!

  4. 289

    The 5X is pretty cheap from Fi- $199/$249 (16GB/32GB).  I wish that deal was available from the Google Store; I'd buy a pair for my in-laws.    

  5. 289

    I really wish they offered some kind of discount for larger data plans.

  6. 5539

    In reply to CaymanDreamin:  Tough call IMHO between the 5x and 6P if you are doing it to see if you like it. I have a 5x with Fi and it is a great device. I'd at least go for the 32G version at $250, as it doesn't support an SD card. 16G just doesn't cut it anymore. If you like it, you'll have a device that would be usable.  The 6P, whiule it may be a better device for some, starts at $399, $150 more than the 5x. That's a significant buy-in if it turns out you don't like it. I think you could sell either one. I'm a Windows Phone user myself, but figure reality may set in someday. I find today's Android reminiscent of Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition. It's configurable, stable, and secure (if you practise safe computing).  Google Fi is an amazing service. If I didn't owe my soul to AT&T, I might switch to it wholesale. Especially with this family option. The per G rate is a bit high, but they don't make you buy a bushel to get a better rate, and flush what's left in the basket at the end of the month.


  7. 1930

    This sounds like a great option except for one important thing- I use on average 20GB of data on my AT&T Unlimited plan. I get unlimited data (which admittedly can be throttled after 22GB) for only $100 per month. A Project Fi plan to meet my needs would easily be over $200 a month, with terrible coverage in my area and a lack of support for my preferred device. Until Google can fix this glaring issue, I can't use or recommend it. I travel too much to be stuck with Sprint/T-Mobile running my service, and Project Fi is only useful if you use under a few gigabytes of data per month. For the average user, that's just too expensive.

  8. 250

    All right, Paul. You talked about Project Fi long enough to convince me. Since I had a 6P cooling its heels on the bench I decided to give the service a chance and signed up for it under a Google Voice number. I'm not sure I need this kind of connectedness given my existing and reasonable T-Mobile plan, but I can't judge it until I log some time with it. I'll report back in a couple of months. Who knows? I may be swept away by its reach and utility. There have certainly been other occasions on which I rolled the dice on a tech experience and was surprised by what it did for me that I hadn't foreseen.

  9. 8189

    Recently converted to Fi with some Nexus 5X phones. Couldn't be happier, my full write up is here if you're interested:

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