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IAD_PersonFinder Jun 19, 15 1:27 pm

Google Fi: Anyone care to post their experience?
 
Just received my invite for Google Fi and interested in seeing how people like it so far. Interested in seeing how the system is working and if the call transitions have been reliable.

edweird Jun 20, 15 2:16 pm

I requested an invitation on April 22 around noon, and I'm still waiting to receive an invitation. My request has been acknowledged.

Oreto Jun 20, 15 2:46 pm

I requested an invite on the 1st day that I could and have yet to receive it.

I already have a Nexus 6 but some early adopters (like me) have been screwed by random signal loss that plagues some of these phones and it is annoying. If you have not purchased the phone yet, I advise you to do some research about it as it has affected quite a few Nexus 6 users and there is much speculation as to the root cause. I had no problems until 6 days after my trial period was over. I have limped along with it since then but my opinion of the Nexus line is not what it used to be.

I'm probably going to try the service and see if that helps with the signal loss but I'll probably dump the phone for whatever I can get for it and switch to something else if I dislike the Fi service or wait until a phone without these issues is supported for the Fi service.

Dubai Stu Jun 21, 15 8:33 pm

I am waiting on my invite, but am surprised that you are locked out of their forum until you are subscribed.


Originally Posted by Oreto (Post 25001690)
I requested an invite on the 1st day that I could and have yet to receive it.

I already have a Nexus 6 but some early adopters (like me) have been screwed by random signal loss that plagues some of these phones and it is annoying. If you have not purchased the phone yet, I advise you to do some research about it as it has affected quite a few Nexus 6 users and there is much speculation as to the root cause. I had no problems until 6 days after my trial period was over. I have limped along with it since then but my opinion of the Nexus line is not what it used to be.

I'm probably going to try the service and see if that helps with the signal loss but I'll probably dump the phone for whatever I can get for it and switch to something else if I dislike the Fi service or wait until a phone without these issues is supported for the Fi service.


Oreto Jun 24, 15 7:24 pm

Received invite today. Going with the default 3gig of data. Should have the SIM in 3-5 days. I'll update on any difference in service, if any.

robroy90 Jun 25, 15 7:00 am

Ordered
 
I got my invite last night. I signed up this morning. Should have the Nexus 6 tomorrow. I am a heavy Google Voice user, so some of the things regarding it are not entirely clear to me, but I noticed that if I didn't "port" my GV # into it, it made it appear as if I might lose that number, which I definitely do not want to do. So, I ported it in. It looks like if I cancel Fi, I can keep my GV # though.

Still not crazy about the lack of a MicroSD card or removable battery, but I like to experiment and this will be my backup phone, so why not?

Dubai Stu Jun 25, 15 10:25 am

You can always keep an old Google number and port in a new one. It cost $25. When people get their account set up, I had a couple of questions including:

*Does it support short codes for SMS?
*Do they charge for international MMS? Do they have full support?

edweird Jun 26, 15 5:44 am

Update: invitation received Nexus 6 & Fi welcome kit ordered
 
Like some others in this thread, I received my invitation last night and ordered a Nexus 6 & a welcome kit for arrival next week.

I am looking forward to porting my service from T Mobile (which has worked well) to project Fi and with any luck will have it active in time for my next international travel. As a very light user of cellular data I expect my bill to be cut in half from $60 to $30 or less a month.

Oreto Jun 26, 15 6:50 am


Originally Posted by edweird (Post 25029750)
Like some others in this thread, I received my invitation last night and ordered a Nexus 6 & a welcome kit for arrival next week.

I am looking forward to porting my service from T Mobile (which has worked well) to project Fi and with any luck will have it active in time for my next international travel. As a very light user of cellular data I expect my bill to be cut in half from $60 to $30 or less a month.

We might be in similar boats. I was on T-Mo postpaid and was talked into their simple choice plan. It was OK but, at the time, the service blew chunks in Guangzhou. There were other places but that one hurt the most. I tried to go back to my grandfathered plan but no dice.

I ended up with T-Mo prepaid which was ~$29/month taking into account that I bought refill cards at the supermarket with my AMEX BCP. The plan is unlimited calls and texts plus 5gig of LTE data. However, I'm only allowed to tether 100MB vs. no restrictions on the postpaid account.

With the G-Fi plan, I could pay less if I make a concerted attempt to utilize Wi-Fi more but 800MB of data is nothing so I suspect that T-Mo will average out cheaper but without the access to Sprint towers and the international coverage options. It will be a 12 month trial run. It was a no-brainer leaving simple choice for prepaid but not so easy from prepaid to Google.

Dubai Stu Jun 26, 15 7:30 am

One question I have to wonder about is whether Google has its own roaming agreements or whether it is riding on TMobile's. If it is using TMobile's roaming agreements, then the international service will be on par. (Their roaming plan is far more similar to TMobile's plan than Sprint's which is why I am assuming that it is using TMobile's).

chgoeditor Jun 26, 15 7:32 am

I checked my invite status on Wednesday: 3-4 weeks. I got my invite yesterday (Thursday). About six hours later I got an email advising me that I could now check my invite status. Clearly they're pumping this stuff out quickly!

mrgreen Jun 26, 15 8:07 am

God I wish we get something like that in Europe :(

lhrsfo Jun 26, 15 9:13 am


Originally Posted by mrgreen (Post 25030290)
God I wish we get something like that in Europe :(

I don't know where in Europe you are, but in the UK we've got far better and far cheaper - even from the major carriers let alone the virtual networks.

IAD_PersonFinder Jun 26, 15 9:31 am

I received my phone on Tuesday and have been giving it a workout in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. Call quality has been extremely good and I haven't dropped a single call to this point. During my commute home on 66 every evening I have two spots where calls would drop on AT&T. No drops to this point.

Overall the Nexus 6 is a pretty good phone and I've been impressed with the battery life. Couldn't make it through a full day on my Note 3 and the Nexus 6 lasts me all day with back-up. Camera seems to be ok on the back side and a bit lackluster when shooting in dimly lit spots.

I will be testing in SE Virginia on the later part of next week and will provide a quick update. Should be a great opportunity to see how the Sprint portion goes as T-Mobile has no coverage in the area I'm going.

jtjiputr Jun 27, 15 1:16 pm

Just got mine yesterday too. Only made two calls so far and it works great..
Been spending most of my time setting up the various apps and stuff.
I'll be trying out the international roaming feature in a few weeks. I'll report back then. My wife will be on T-Mobile free international roaming plan, so I'll be able to compare.

Jeff


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