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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    Anyone have any experience with Google Fi? Looking into switching to this, seems enticing but I don't know anyone who uses it. GF and I looking to switch from verizon, we're in southern AZ. I'm sure there's some posts on this but a quick sparknotes would be appreciated.
    Much discussion in this thread..summary is if the coverage works it's a decent deal.

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    I just got the g7, up from the X4... on Fi. The G7 feels hudge but the screen is lovely. I'm on my 3rd or 4th year of Fi and still smooth sailing. (sorry Danno!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    Anyone have any experience with Google Fi? Looking into switching to this, seems enticing but I don't know anyone who uses it. GF and I looking to switch from verizon, we're in southern AZ. I'm sure there's some posts on this but a quick sparknotes would be appreciated.
    YMMV

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    I live near the Canadian border and go to Canada a handful or two times a year. Which includes some big cities where I want data. And I just added my daughter, who goes to school in New Brunswick. The coverage in the GTA, Montreal, and New Brunswick has been really good. Coverage in my home area is mediocre. That's gonna be a huge factor: Can you live with the coverage? I can. I also don't use a lot of data. If you have a high usage rate, it might get expensive. T-Mobile is the main coverage here and it has a hard time penetrating large buildings. Fortunately my main grocery store has WiFi, so the list can get updated while shopping. Sometimes I *forget* to sign-in to their WiFi. Oops. I went to Romania for work two years ago and it totally rocked having Fi. I didn't have to buy any local SIMs or be always on the hunt for WiFi. My colleagues weren't as happy. I also visited Germany. I am going to Spain in February with my son. I may add him to the plan for a month. Just don't stream video. Use WiFi for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowderHorse View Post
    I just got the g7, up from the X4... on Fi. The G7 feels hudge but the screen is lovely. I'm on my 3rd or 4th year of Fi and still smooth sailing. (sorry Danno!)

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    G7 isn't a step down performance wise? I just waterfalled my X4 to my daughter and got the Pixel 3a. I would have kept the X4 had the G6 still been available for $99 from Google. However, she also didn't want a large phone, so the X4 was perfect for her over the G7. She hasn't complained yet, so it must be working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    G7 isn't a step down performance wise? I just waterfalled my X4 to my daughter and got the Pixel 3a. I would have kept the X4 had the G6 still been available for $99 from Google. However, she also didn't want a large phone, so the X4 was perfect for her over the G7. She hasn't complained yet, so it must be working.
    My G7 is 64GB, the x4 was a 2 year old 32GB and it just lagged, screen was not holding up well but I can use it as a back up or let my daughter dink around with it a little. Affordable and nice phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidog View Post
    Much discussion in this thread..summary is if the coverage works it's a decent deal, if you do not need a large amount of cellular data. Very high and unlimited cellular data needs make it less of a great deal. Coverage is T-Mobile and Sprint as well as jumping on wifi when available for saving on cellular data.
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    ^^^ Agreed. I'm still using Fi, still works great internationally, and T Mobile and Sprint still suck for coverage in the US boonies compared to Verizon.

    Not sure if it's been discussed here but Fi also allows you to have a couple of data-only SIM cards free, on the same 1-line plan. When we went to Japan this past winter, I got extra SIM cards and a friend was able to use it on his phone. We maxed out the data for the month ($60, then no extra charge), but used that data a lot - GPS, streaming music, and you can make voice calls through Facebook messenger (and other apps).
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    Awesome, will definitely look more into it.

    Due for an upgrade from a galaxy 8. My first smartphone was the G5 which, hands down, was the best smartphone I've ever had. Removable back to swap the battery? Lightweight plastic? Hard to break? Yes! That is until samsung released a software update right as my upgrade came available that made the charging port no longer compatible with a charger. Sneaky bastards! I strongly dislike the G8, and the verizon store rep said many of the subsequent models have been pieces of crap. I'm due for an upgrade, not getting an iphone, reconsidering android, and curious to maybe try a pixel.

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    Fi also uses US Cellular. They have coverage in some weird places, which came as a pleasant surprise in Maine and neighboring parts of New Brunswick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    ^^^ Agreed. I'm still using Fi, still works great internationally, and T Mobile and Sprint still suck for coverage in the US boonies compared to Verizon.

    Not sure if it's been discussed here but Fi also allows you to have a couple of data-only SIM cards free, on the same 1-line plan. When we went to Japan this past winter, I got extra SIM cards and a friend was able to use it on his phone. We maxed out the data for the month ($60, then no extra charge), but used that data a lot - GPS, streaming music, and you can make voice calls through Facebook messenger (and other apps).
    Thanks for reminding me about data only for Fi. I just might do that for the boy when I go to Spain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    Fi also uses US Cellular. They have coverage in some weird places, which came as a pleasant surprise in Maine and neighboring parts of New Brunswick.
    The fact that it works really well on wifi also is a big plus, giving "coverage" in weird places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    The fact that it works really well on wifi also is a big plus, giving "coverage" in weird places.
    Yes. Wifi calling is the only way I can make calls on Fi from inside my house -- otherwise, no coverage.

    Also, FWIW, wifi calling on Fi yields very low cost-per-minute international calls. When we were in Italy a couple years ago and had luggage issues with the airline, I spent a lot of time on wifi calling back to the US customer service line for the airline. Cost was $0.01 per minute over wifi.
    Quote Originally Posted by powder11 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    The fact that it works really well on wifi also is a big plus, giving "coverage" in weird places.
    I'm going to switch to Xfinity mobile to save money and get Verizon network coverage, but I am definitely going to miss Fi wifi calling. Sure, wifi calling is available through basically any carrier, but it's just so seemless on Fi.

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    Just got told xfinity can’t bring over my brand new att i7, but they can bring the old i6. WTF?

    So my i6 is still working fine. So for the second line I guess I might do the budget android which is the Moto 7.
    Seems to have good reviews anyone have one?

    Anyone wanna buy a few months old 32 gif i7 from Att but unlocked?
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    Well fuck it. Worth a couple hundred to not fight with ATT anymore about the lack of service in my hood where it used to be four bars. Everyone within a mile of me is on WiFi or a booster according to ATT themselves, yet there’s no problem. Right.
    So didn’t want to dump a ton on my first android forray, should be interesting.
    I thought it was apple that was leading the charge on um charging.
    15 minutes and charged to 80% what?
    Supposed to last three days, we’ll see.
    I was kind of enjoying the smaller size on the i7 (non plus) for pocket stashing when skiing vs my i6 plus, this is the larger size but sure makes screen easier to see. Supposed to have a decent camera,
    Water resistant.
    Got good reviews on CNET and a few other places for a budget Android.
    Wish me luck. And oh yeah, FUCK YOU att.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rideski View Post
    Just got told xfinity can’t bring over my brand new att i7, but they can bring the old i6. WTF?

    So my i6 is still working fine. So for the second line I guess I might do the budget android which is the Moto 7.
    Seems to have good reviews anyone have one?

    Anyone wanna buy a few months old 32 gif i7 from Att but unlocked?
    PM sent

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    My Samsung was tragically mauled so I got a Pixel 3XL on the recs here and I really like it. Fast as shit, feels more customizable without all the bloat and bullshit and just plain clean. Battery, however, seems behind Samsung in duration.

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    I'm travelling to Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. I have an unlocked GSM phone. Should I get a google fi SIM or wait until I get there and buy a local prepaid SIM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todds View Post
    I'm travelling to Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. I have an unlocked GSM phone. Should I get a google fi SIM or wait until I get there and buy a local prepaid SIM?
    Unless it's a Fi compatible phone, ymmv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todds View Post
    I'm travelling to Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. I have an unlocked GSM phone. Should I get a google fi SIM or wait until I get there and buy a local prepaid SIM?
    If your phone can do wifi calling, why get on a network at all? If you need coverage, I always just spend the $10/day with Verizon and it's just like I'm in the states. An expensive option, but it works well.

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    Update. I sent back the Moto G7 which had a lovely screen but felt like it would break the first time I dropped it (even in a case). Maybe it was just an individually bad phone because nothing worked well but luckily I was able to return it.

    Got the Pixel 3a and I love it! Great size, clear screen, awesome camera and runs super smoothly.

    3+ years on Google Fi and still loving the excellent service and $30/month bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PowderHorse View Post
    Update. I sent back the Moto G7 which had a lovely screen but felt like it would break the first time I dropped it (even in a case). Maybe it was just an individually bad phone because nothing worked well but luckily I was able to return it.

    Got the Pixel 3a and I love it! Great size, clear screen, awesome camera and runs super smoothly.

    3+ years on Google Fi and still loving the excellent service and $30/month bill.

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    My thoughts on the 3a: I migrated from a Moto X⁴ so the 3a didn't have a wow factor for me. As in "Wow! This phone is so amazing compared to my last one!" The differences are subjectively subtle, both good and bad. Battery life seems a smidge better. The screen is a touch better. The major difference is the really good speakers on the 3a. I like that they put the headphone jack on the top of the phone now if only the would move the USB port to the top as well. The fingerprint reader is a mixed bag. It has taken some getting used to it being on the back. At least I don't keep mistaking it for a home button. The Fi (Android One) version of the X⁴ did not let one make the fingerprint reader into a home button (!!!!!). I prefer a front print reader (thumb). The rear reader (index finger) is ok-ish. Except that I can't figure out how to make it into a lock button. Which is annoying because unlock/lock is a fidget toy for me. I need my fidget toys. The X⁴ reader was perfect for that. Not having an SD slot is a miss, however,no beginning to think collecting stuff on the phone is a bad habit. Other than that, it just works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    Unless it's a Fi compatible phone, ymmv.
    My phone is a Samsung S9 and I think it is FI compatible.

    Quote Originally Posted by huckbucket View Post
    If your phone can do wifi calling, why get on a network at all? If you need coverage, I always just spend the $10/day with Verizon and it's just like I'm in the states. An expensive option, but it works well.
    I didn't think about wifi calling. My phone can do it. Interesting idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todds View Post
    My phone is a Samsung S9 and I think it is FI compatible.



    I didn't think about wifi calling. My phone can do it. Interesting idea.
    What's your current provider?

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