Google Fi

Should I get Google Fi?

Episode 1325

Naomi from Denver, CO

Naomi is ready to get a Good Nexus Android phone along with Google Fi. Leo says that Google's new phone is going to be the Pixel, not the Nexus. So Leo would advise waiting until they are announced. As for Google Fi, Leo is a total fan. $20 for unlimited voice, text and then it's pay as you go for data at $10 a gig. Google Fi won't work with Verizon without roaming, though. The chatroom says that the Nexus 6P does work with Verizon, but not through Google Fi.

What's the best cell phone company?

Episode 1309

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil wants to know what cell phone provider is the best. He keeps hearing that Verizon is the best nationwide, and Leo says they may be. But the question is, what is the best cellphone company where Neil lives? He should ask his friends and neighbors what they use and if they like it. Leo really likes Google Fi. It uses three different carriers and switches to whatever is best, be it T-Mobile, Sprint, or US Cellular. If he travels overseas, Google Fi doesn't charge for international data roaming in many countries.

Can I get an iPhone with unlimited data?

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Episode 1269

Ellie from Honolulu, HI

Ellie has a friend who wants an iPhone with unlimited data. Leo says Sprint and T-Mobile are the two carriers that offer unlimited data. They're very affordable as well. In fact, T-Mobile has a pay as you go deal for $30 that includes unlimited data and texting, and 100 minutes of calling. That's a bargain. If she doesn't mind a Google Nexus phone, then Google Fi is a great pay as you go plan.

Is Google Fi secure?

Episode 1264

Bryan from Bend OR

Bryan wants to know how secure Google Fi is. Leo says that there isn't any data beyond it, but there's word that all traffic is routed through Google's VPN. So if he trusts Google, then there's little to be worried about. If he doesn't, he should just remember that he still has to trust the carrier.

What should I buy as my first smartphone?

Google Nexus 6P

Episode 1263

Ginger from Santa Monica, CA

Ginger is ready to buy her first smartphone. She's with Sprint, but she's thinking of moving to Verizon. Leo says it depends on her location for what carrier is best. One service that Leo uses is Google Fi. It uses Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi.

Leo suggests going to fi.google.com to request an invitation. The service is limited to phones to Google's pure Nexus line. But for the first smartphone, Leo usually recommends an iPhone. Leo suggests choosing her carrier and then deciding which phone from there.

How can I block caller ID on Google Fi?

Episode 1254

Larry from Petaluma, CA

Larry has a Samsung Galaxy S4, but it's time to upgrade, so he ordered a Nexus 6P with Google Fi. He doesn't like that he can't hide his number during outgoing calls unless he adds a few extra numbers each time. Leo says that may be carrier specific. Google Fi is an MVNO, using Sprint & T-Mobile plus Wi-Fi. So it's likely that it's hard to have a setting to block a number when it's moving from carrier to carrier. Larry will need to clarify with the carriers to see what they require.

Is it easy to transfer data between Android phones?

Google Nexus 6P

Episode 1248

Robert from Charleston, SC

Robert is looking to get the new Google Nexus 5X or 6P. Leo says that the Nexus brand is popular because it's a pure Android experience that gets updated quickly. How does he transfer all his data? Leo says that any mobile phone with NFC will be able to transfer all the data with "tap and go," and the rest will come from signing into Google in the cloud. Then it will restore the previous Android phone.