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Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« on: June 25, 2022, 09:46:51 PM »
Looking for an option for a way to use a US number on and American IPhone in both Israel and Europe this summer.  Someone suggested Google Fi.  Can you someone explain how it works please or if there is a better option.

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2022, 09:19:20 AM »
Looking for an option for a way to use a US number on and American IPhone in both Israel and Europe this summer.  Someone suggested Google Fi.  Can you someone explain how it works please or if there is a better option.

How long are you going for?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2022, 10:54:49 AM »
a month, have you ever used it?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2022, 11:11:52 AM »
Fi is great
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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 11:53:33 AM »
Can you please explain how it works, my American Number will ring wherever I am and it wont charge to Verizon and I can make outgoing calls which won't charge to Verizon and all my data is through Google Fi?  Thank you

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 01:10:27 PM »
Looking for an option for a way to use a US number on and American IPhone in both Israel and Europe this summer.  Someone suggested Google Fi.  Can you someone explain how it works please or if there is a better option.
Does it require a 5G device?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 01:50:50 PM »
Can you please explain how it works, my American Number will ring wherever I am and it wont charge to Verizon and I can make outgoing calls which won't charge to Verizon and all my data is through Google Fi?  Thank you

I donít think your Fi would ring your current Verizon Wireless number unless you forwarded the calls. Does Verizon charge for call forwarding?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2022, 07:44:03 PM »
Does Verizon charge for call forwarding?
No. Not to a domestic number.

Fi charges $0.20/min for voice calls when traveling internationally. If you are receiving/making calls from/to the US while traveling internationally your best bet is to get a free Google Voice number and install the Google Voice app, and forward your US phone number to the Google Voice number. For Verizon, enable call forwarding using *72 + your GV number before you leave for your trip. In the Google Voice app tell it to prefer data/Wi-Fi calling instead of voice minutes. Google Voice will then use VoIP for phone calls to/from the US which is free using your data plan (uses a tiny bit of data). You'll still pay Google Fi for international data service but this way you aren't paying per minute for voice. The only downside is when you call the US from Google Voice it will show as your Google Voice number and not your Verizon number. You can block your GV caller ID number though.

Google Fi works great but it's not cheap ($65/mo or $20/mo+$10/GB).  Try a data-only eSIM provider like Airalo ($20 for 10GB, good for 30 days. Less if you need less data) together with Google Voice as mentioned above. You'll need a different eSIM for Europe and a different one for Israel though. Plus you won't have the ability to make local calls in the country you are visiting (though you could deposit money into Google Voice and use it to make calls to Europe and Israel at $0.01-$0.03/min).

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2022, 08:26:26 AM »

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2022, 08:42:09 AM »
No. Not to a domestic number.

Fi charges $0.20/min for voice calls when traveling internationally. If you are receiving/making calls from/to the US while traveling internationally your best bet is to get a free Google Voice number and install the Google Voice app, and forward your US phone number to the Google Voice number. For Verizon, enable call forwarding using *72 + your GV number before you leave for your trip. In the Google Voice app tell it to prefer data/Wi-Fi calling instead of voice minutes. Google Voice will then use VoIP for phone calls to/from the US which is free using your data plan (uses a tiny bit of data). You'll still pay Google Fi for international data service but this way you aren't paying per minute for voice. The only downside is when you call the US from Google Voice it will show as your Google Voice number and not your Verizon number. You can block your GV caller ID number though.

Google Fi works great but it's not cheap ($65/mo or $20/mo+$10/GB).  Try a data-only eSIM provider like Airalo ($20 for 10GB, good for 30 days. Less if you need less data) together with Google Voice as mentioned above. You'll need a different eSIM for Europe and a different one for Israel though. Plus you won't have the ability to make local calls in the country you are visiting (though you could deposit money into Google Voice and use it to make calls to Europe and Israel at $0.01-$0.03/min).

Actually, it should be simpler than this. I forgot Verizon supports Wi-Fi calling. Just enable Wi-Fi calling before you leave for your trip and get a data only Airalo eSIM. Make sure to disable the Verizon cellular data and cellular roaming and enable the eSIM data+roaming in the phone settings before you land. You'll be able to make/receive phone calls and texts to your US Verizon number using data from the eSIM. Just keep in mind that they will still charge you international rates if you call or text Israel or Europe.

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2022, 02:01:40 AM »
Can a Google Fi line be activated in Israel or does it have to be activated first in the US?
I purchased a S22 from them and need to port in a number within 30 days. Can I do that when in Israel?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2022, 02:09:30 AM »
Can a Google Fi line be activated in Israel or does it have to be activated first in the US?
I purchased a S22 from them and need to port in a number within 30 days. Can I do that when in Israel?
Must activate in the US. Not sure about porting.

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2022, 12:04:30 PM »
You can unpause service in Israel.
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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2022, 07:24:46 PM »
Fi is great

Until it isn't.

During my recent trip it was quite inconsistent in Israel. I was manually selecting networks to get data.

And then in Istanbul I simply couldn't get data to work, which was quite detrimental.
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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2022, 02:35:11 AM »
Actually, it should be simpler than this. I forgot Verizon supports Wi-Fi calling. Just enable Wi-Fi calling before you leave for your trip and get a data only Airalo eSIM. Make sure to disable the Verizon cellular data and cellular roaming and enable the eSIM data+roaming in the phone settings before you land. You'll be able to make/receive phone calls and texts to your US Verizon number using data from the eSIM. Just keep in mind that they will still charge you international rates if you call or text Israel or Europe.
I was actually just wondering about this for a AT&T plan on a iphone, would I be able to use Wi-Fi calling to make calls on my american number from Israel? Also can I enable an eSIM on a locked AT&T iphone?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2022, 02:11:15 PM »
Actually, it should be simpler than this. I forgot Verizon supports Wi-Fi calling. Just enable Wi-Fi calling before you leave for your trip and get a data only Airalo eSIM. Make sure to disable the Verizon cellular data and cellular roaming and enable the eSIM data+roaming in the phone settings before you land. You'll be able to make/receive phone calls and texts to your US Verizon number using data from the eSIM. Just keep in mind that they will still charge you international rates if you call or text Israel or Europe.

I'm confused? I get this https://www.airalo.com/israel-esim (I only need it for EY). And based on the instructions on their site, I install their app and then what...?
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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2022, 02:14:22 PM »
It's easier if you do it from a computer instead of the app. You buy the eSIM with whatever data allotment you need and they give you a QR code. Take a picture of the QR code with your phone and it will automatically install the eSIM. Then follow the instructions in my post that you quoted.

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2022, 03:34:54 PM »
Until it isn't.

During my recent trip it was quite inconsistent in Israel. I was manually selecting networks to get data.

And then in Istanbul I simply couldn't get data to work, which was quite detrimental.
same. Randomly losing data even when I have strong signal. I keep turning airplane mode on and off to fix it. Using it in a OnePlus 8. Went back to TMobile/,cellcom using Google voice and WhatsApp with much better success

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2022, 11:37:44 AM »
Am I reading correctly that the Simply Unlimited plan will not allow any usage oversees? So will the Flexible plan be the best option for me If I plan on using under 3 GB?

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Re: Google Fi In Israel and Europe
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2022, 04:07:03 PM »
Am I reading correctly that the Simply Unlimited plan will not allow any usage oversees? So will the Flexible plan be the best option for me If I plan on using under 3 GB?
That's correct.
In addition if someone calls you it will be $0.20/min.