Project Fi – Is Google’s young service the best option for you?

Google’s Project Fi has really stepped up its advertising on social media these days, and a few people have asked me how I like their service. Seems like as good of a time as any to write up a post about it.

If you are in the nomadic tribe, a service that works just about anywhere is pretty tempting… I’ve used their service for a while now, and here’s what you need to know about it.


Works just about everywhere. 

I’ve gotten cell service and data (primarily) in just about every country I’ve visited. Asia, South America, you name it. The data service can be spotty in places that aren’t significant cities. So if you’re like me and travel mostly through cities, it’s a fantastic service.


20$ a month gets you unlimited calls and texts. You will pay 10$ per GB of data usage, which is higher than the going rate. However, 20$ for a basic phone package domestically is pretty darn good.


We love the freedom here, and google delivers, offering no contracts, no locked-in rates of any kind. You can cancel the service whenever you want without incurring charges.


Data rarely works instantly.

Depending on the country you land in, it can take some time (hours) to get your phone set up with data working. For me, it was a huge disappointment not being able to consistently get online, order an Uber, etc., upon landing somewhere new. Data works eventually, but not always instantly.

You have to buy your phone outright.

Unlike the typical phone deals that give you upgrades or discounts on phones, Google doesn’t offer these. You have to buy one of their phones and pay cash. To soften this blow for people that don’t want to shell out $750 upfront for a Pixel, Google offers financing at 0% interest on any of their phones. You pay 8-15 extra a month until your phone gets paid off. This is the perfect deal for people who write off their bills (or have a company that allows them to expense phones).

Slightly expensive data.

10 per GB of data is higher than the other carriers. However, Google just instated a new “free data after 6 GBs used” policy, which caps your cost should you really chew up data. I use wifi so much anyway and cached Spotify playlists that the data hasn’t ever really been a significant cost issue for me.


It’s almost always cheaper to buy sim cards and load data in whatever country you travel to. However, if you’re willing to pay a few bucks for the luxury of keeping your phone number and being able to call (and be called) from home while you travel, then Project Fi is the plan for you. I’ve been a subscriber for over a year and will keep my service indefinitely.

Free $20 

If you use my referral code, we both get $20 credits on our accounts should you sign up and use the service for a month. My link is

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