Google Fi

Should I switch to T-Mobile?

T-Mobile 55+ plan

Episode 1425

Karen from Colorado

Karen is thinking of moving over to T-Mobile from Google Fi. They have a good deal for people 55 and over. It should be about the same in quality, right? Rich says that Google Fi uses three different carriers, automatically switching to whichever one is best. It can be pricey for an unlimited user. If she doesn't use a lot of data, then Google Fi is a great 'pay as you go' plan. But T-Mobile has a great plan for those age 55 and over — 2 lines for $60. It's hard to beat that.

How can I avoid international data roaming?

Cell tower

Episode 1405

Paul from Houston, TX

Paul and his wife are traveling to Croatia Saturday and he's worried about data roaming charges. Leo says that international data is rapidly changing thanks to T-Mobile's free Edge data plan that started last year. As such, AT&T has changed from offering an expensive data package to a "day pass."

Google Fi is a solid option, because they would pay as they go at $10 a month. If they have a Google phone, then they'll be in good shape.

Should I go with T-Mobile Unlimited or Google Fi?

Google Pixel

Episode 1394

Kyle from Columbus, OH

Kyle is interested in Google Fi and wants to know how they calculate the data charges. Leo says that Fi is a better deal than T-Mobile if he uses less than 5GB of data a month since they charge $10 per GB. If he uses more than that, then T-Mobile is a better deal. Google Fi would give him T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Sprint service all merged together.

How can we avoid data roaming while overseas?

SIM Cards

Episode 1388

Paul from Guadalajara, Mexico

Paul is going to be traveling to Great Britain and wants to know how they can use data while out of the country. Is SkyRoam a good option? Leo says that SkyRoam is an interesting pay-as-you-go option when traveling. Google Fi is another, as is a MiFi card. Pay-as-you-go is nice because Paul would pay for only what he uses. He'd also want to be sure they support high speed data.

Can I use my Google Fi phone on Verizon?

Google Pixel

Episode 1377

Robert from Laguna Hills, CA

Robert signed up for Google Fi and bought a new Google Pixel phone, but Google is having issues activating his account. Leo says that's disappointing, especially when they don't know what the problem is. Leo says it's a good system and Robert shouldn't give up on it yet.

Can he use it on Verizon until it does? Leo says yes. He should just ask them for a SIM and he'll be able to use it. It shouldn't add any software overlays, but it may download some apps. He'll be able to uninstall them, though.

Should I switch to Google Fi?

Google Pixel

Episode 1375

Bob from New Mexico

Bob is grandfathered in to unlimited data with Verizon, but he's thinking about leaving to go with Google Fi. Would it be worth it? Leo says that unlimited has a few caveats. It may be unlimited, but it could slow down dramatically after a few GBs. Google Fi takes connectivity from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, picking the best one. It really comes down to how well the services work in his area. If Verizon is better, then he's better off staying with it.

Should I put Linux on my old laptop?

XUbuntu

Episode 1360

Joe from Corona, CA

Joe has an old Vista computer that he uses mostly for syncing an old Windows Phone PDA. Joe would like to take that laptop and put Linux on it with an SSD. Leo says that Linux is a good idea, but that Vista laptop is probably not fast enough to get any great benefit from an SSD. But he should definitely install Linux on it. Leo likes XUbuntu and LUbuntu, which is designed to run on the older hardware.

Should I buy a Lenovo laptop?

Google Pixel

Episode 1344

Dave from Escondido, CA

Dave has been Christmas shopping online and he found a great deal on a laptop with 16GB of RAM and dual drives with an SSD and a spinning drive. Leo says it's similar to the Mac Fusion drive, where it has the performance of an SSD and the storage space of a spinning drive. Dave is worried that Lenovo has put malware on it, though. Leo says that it was the Superfish adware, and Lenovo got caught doing that -- twice. They have since learned their lesson. Leo likes the Ideapad and at $749, it's a great deal.