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Re: Google cell phone
« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2016, 12:33:05 PM »
Seems like there's no credit check for Project Fi.
Am I crazy to buy a Nexus 6 and activate Project Fi for just the dates when I travel abroad for the cheap 3G data?

Have an upcoming 9 day trip, so it seems tempting, especially as VZW won't let me have TravelPass with my unlimited data plan.

Dan you can "pause" your service with Project Fi and meanwhile you are not charged. Service resumes as soon as you decide or after 3 months, at which point you can "pause" it again.

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Re: Google cell phone
« Reply #46 on: January 12, 2016, 12:34:45 PM »
Seems like there's no credit check for Project Fi.
Am I crazy to buy a Nexus 6 and activate Project Fi for just the dates when I travel abroad for the cheap 3G data?

Have an upcoming 9 day trip, so it seems tempting, especially as VZW won't let me have TravelPass with my unlimited data plan.

And you don't need to buy any phone. The 3G abroad works with any GSM phone. Just get the Project Fi SIM card, it's free.

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2016, 12:36:10 PM »
And you don't need to buy any phone. The 3G abroad works with any GSM phone. Just get the Project Fi SIM card, it's free.
Sweet, have you tried that?
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #48 on: January 12, 2016, 12:38:10 PM »
Sweet, have you tried that?

Yes it worked in my Nexus 4. I did activate the SIM in a nexus 6 first but I don't think it was necessary.

ETA: it seems that you have to activate it first on a compatible device.
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2016, 12:43:06 PM »
Yes it worked in my Nexus 4. I did activate the SIM in a nexus 6 first but I don't think it was necessary.
Hmm. Any reports of activating it on a non-Nexus phone?
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #50 on: January 12, 2016, 12:45:22 PM »
Hmm. Any reports of activating it on a non-Nexus phone?
I have found the Fi forums to be helpful:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!categories/project-fi/non-supported-device

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #51 on: January 12, 2016, 12:54:32 PM »
Darn.
"Tethering from a device with a data-only SIM isnít supported."
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #52 on: January 12, 2016, 12:56:13 PM »
Darn.
"Tethering from a device with a data-only SIM isnít supported."

You can order as many additional data-only SIM cards for all your devices. These will work in any device.

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #53 on: January 12, 2016, 12:58:29 PM »
Doesn't help for a laptop without a SIM slot.
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2016, 01:05:42 PM »
Doesn't help for a laptop without a SIM slot.

1. Reports are that tethering is not actually blocked on data-only SIMs. http://www.androidcentral.com/how-set-project-fi-data-sim-your-tablet
2. This "restriction" is only for the additional data-only SIMs, anyways you have to first activate the main SIM (find a friend who has one of the compatible phones?) and you can then use it in your phone with tethering.

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #55 on: January 12, 2016, 01:32:07 PM »
By the way if you plan of using a different phone, don't forget to check compatibility of GSM/UMTS/LGE bands. https://www.frequencycheck.com/carriers/google-project-fi-united-states

You might also need to change APNs.

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2016, 01:11:19 AM »
No issue activating and freezing Project Fi right away, thanks for the help!
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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #57 on: January 27, 2016, 08:40:42 AM »
No issue activating and freezing Project Fi right away, thanks for the help!
Cool. Did you get a new phone just for activating?

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Re: Google cell phone: Project Fi
« Reply #58 on: February 08, 2016, 09:26:47 AM »
Thinking of getting one for traveling.

Do you select a new phone #  and forward your calls?
Dan, where you able to activate on other device then nexus?

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Re: Google cell phone
« Reply #59 on: February 08, 2016, 07:44:43 PM »
2) I was aware of the lousy service here in Lakewood for T-Mobile and Sprint, but I was counting on Fi's advertised usage of public hotspots.  I assumed they had contracts with the major providers (Comcast, etc), but I have yet to been connected to even one public WiFi.  If this continues, IMO in Lakewood the service is barely useable. 
You can't access Verizon network in Lakewood?
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