The prematurely posted report from yesterday was right: Google has indeed rebranded its Project Fi carrier into Google Fi. To further mark its exit from beta status, it’s also announced that the network finally supports iPhones and most Android devices.
There’s a huge catch, however. While you can bring your own phone to Fi, in order to benefit from the full functionality of the service you still need to use one of only a few Android handsets that the carrier is offering directly (or has in the past).
This means that the smart network switching between T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and Wi-Fi won’t work on an iPhone or any Android device that Fi isn’t selling. You’re also not getting Wi-Fi calls, and it seems that if you bring your own device you’ll only be using T-Mobile’s network. So make sure to check coverage in your area before you make the jump to Fi.
Your Android phone needs to be on Nougat or later, while iPhones need to be on iOS 11 or later. If you make the jump to Fi with your current phone, an ongoing promo is offering you $200 of service credit (if you port-in your number), but only if you sign up today.
Do that and also purchase a phone from Fi and you will receive a travel gift card in the exact same amount you spent on the phone. You’ll be able to use this at Delta, Southwest, Airbnb, and Hotels.com. It’s a pretty amazing deal but it expires at 11:59 PM PT today.