Project Fi: The Best Phone Plan for Traveling

By now all my friends are tired of me praising Project Fi

I mean, it’s just a cell phone plan, right? Of course that’s what it is at the base level but let’s dig a little deeper.

What is Unique about Project Fi’s Network?

So what does this all mean? Simply put, Project Fi relies on networks provided by numerous carriers to provide you with cellular coverage. It will determine which carrier has the best network and connect you to that one. Project Fi isn’t solely relying on cellular coverage though, it can also support talk, text, and data over a wireless network should you be connected to one.

What Phone Models are Supported?

Why are only these devices supported? Google says it’s because these are the first smartphones that support their “network of networks”. They work with the Project Fi sim card to support multiple cellular networks and have a state-of-the-art cellular radio tuned to work across multiple network types.

Personally, while some may see it as a limitation, I wouldn’t want to buy a phone from anyone but Google. I prefer a stock vanilla Android OS minus the bloatware that you usually get on other manufacturer’s phones. Getting your phone directly from Google should also ensure that you get software and security updates as soon as they’re available.

Keeping It Simple: Only One Phone Plan

I never liked buffets. There are just too many options and they’re usually all lukewarm. Does any Michelin star restaurant offer sushi, cheeseburgers, pasta, and hot dogs? I think not. Google takes one thing and they do it extremely well.

Highlighted in the above image are what I consider to be the real perks. If you pay for data you don’t use it will be credited back to you and you can add a sim to use this data on your tablet as well. Your texts, and data will also work abroad in 135+ countries at the same rate you pay in the States. Phone calls abroad will cost you 20 cents per minute but are possible cheaper over wi-fi.

To clarify that’s kind of like saying your data abroad works exactly the same as at home and texts are free. Because, you know, on any other carrier your phone probably just wouldn’t work or you’d be paying an absurd amount to send a text message.

What Exactly Makes Project Fi the Best Phone Plan for Travel?

Well, in my opinion, I’d call it the best phone plan ever but I realize that may not be the case for someone who doesn’t travel often and is a high data user. I must say that as a digital nomad this phone plan has changed the way I travel.

I’m old enough to remember using paper maps but being able to plug destinations in on Google maps is an amazing tool to have at hand. It’s also nice to be able and communicate with my friends living in these countries. If I’m running late or something unexpected happens I can actually let people now instead of leaving them hanging until I’m able to find wi-fi.

Sharing the Fi Love

If you want to give Project Fi a try then click on my referral link below! You’ll get a $20 credit on your first bill and if you don’t like the service then you can cancel at no fee. Google offers really great trade in values on their phones for when you want to upgrade too. They also have frequent promotions/competitions for winning stuff through referrals. If you sign up you’ll also get a referral link to share with all your everyone. And, umm, let’s just say I trust Google with my data more than I do Verizon.

True story: I was using T-Mobile and had a Nexus 4 forever…and then I had a Nexus 5 forever. The only thing that made me upgrade my phone was finding out about Project Fi on a trip to Mexico City – thanks Dean! Needless to say I haven’t regretted the switch. My phone bill even got cheaper since I only use about 1-1.5 gb of data on average.

So with much ado, here’s my link to sign up for Project Fi: https://g.co/fi/r/81V7CV

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