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Old 09-08-2019, 11:34 AM   #1
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Question Update on Google Fi?

Hey folks, we are about to get on the road, potentially full-timing. We are still working, need reliable service, and are planning to spend a lot of time in Mexico, and will be in and out of the US.

We have been considering the switch to Google Fi phone service which draws on T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and available open Wifis, using a VPN. We are especially interested in it because it is said to perform very well internationally, requiring only country codes + the number to dial freely and relatively inexpensively. We may leave the motorhome somewhere and travel more widely so this is a big benefit to us.

I saw a comment in a 2017 thread here on Google Fi phone service but haven't found anything since then.

Has anyone been using this service? What kind of coverage have you been getting in the US and abroad? Data?


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Old 09-08-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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Unless it ties into AT&T or Verizon, you will have trouble out in the more remote parts of the US.

If your data usage is like a lot of people's, you ultimately will need an unlimited data plan. Both Verizon and AT&T seem to offer them one week and then stop offering them the next week.

If Mexico is a major destination, I would investigate a country specific answer there.

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Google Fi v ATT and Verizon

We plan to have an in-country cell plan for talk and data in MX, I'm mostly concerned about how easily we can continue to use our phones in multiple other countries besides the US.

I was hoping there were some folks here currently using and testing Google Fi because both T-mobile and Sprint claim they are expanding their service, but if our T-mobile service is any indication, they can barely make it out to the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay area.

So the advice to just get ATT or Verizon for better coverage sounds like it might be right.

I notice that people have a pastiche of services to cover various contingencies, so maybe that's kind of unavoidable.

I also see that some people have thrown up their hands on the wifis in campgrounds, while other people seem pretty happy to boost their wifi reception and muddle along. I'm not sure why that is. When I've had trouble with wifi in campgrounds it's not because I'm trying to stream video, it's because I just don't want to have to wait a half hour for a page to load.
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We have our two phones and Internet service with Verizon. For the most part we're in areas that have good coverage, but the last two months we had very spotty Verizon service in the campground (we were hosting), while those with AT&T said theirs was good. We're thinking about getting a cheap, prepaid AT&T phone so that we can at least have some cell service when we're in an area that has poor Verizon service.

Don't know about Mexico. A couple of years ago we went down to Big Bend and crossed over into Mexico for a couple of hours. NO cell service anywhere there, so we just turned the phones off.
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I travel quite a bit on Google Fi to even remote areas of the US. I havent had a coverage problem as it compares to att. Actually, most of the time that my wife cannot connect through att, I can!

Obviously you should look at specifics of where you are going but in general I am extremely happy with Google Fi. They also are a lot cheaper, customer service is 10x better and you can easily increase data cheaply via your phone.

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I've been using Fi for several years now and am very pleased. I don't travel out of the states, but I get similar or better coverage than friends on Verizon or AT&T. They have a nearly unlimited plan now and you can get a free extra Sim card to set up a hot spot. I use an old phone as a hot spot when I'm traveling. For us, the price is right. I can get four people for about $120 per month. They also have cheap phones for my kids that seem to have trouble holding on to their phones.

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