by Anura Guruge
Click image to access Google’s “Project Fi” Website.
In theory I had “Consumer Cellular” in the past BUT I very rarely used my old phone.
So, when I decided to get a Google Pixel 2, for Christmas, mainly for its camera, I looked around to see what other carrier options were available — for a reasonable price. Project Fi was rather obvious.
It is NATIVELY supported on the Pixel 2 without the need for a SIM card. The Pixel 2 has a so called eSIM for Project Fi built in. The plans were reasonable given I didn’t need much data. PLUS, it supports calling and txt over Wi-Fi seamlessly.
The ONLY wrinkle I encountered is that of Google Voice.
Being Google you have to use a Google Account to signup/setup Project Fi.
IF that account has a Google Voice number Project Fi PREFERS to use that. BUT, when it does so it kills your Google Voice!
Yes, you can ask for a different number BUT there is, from what I can see, at least a short period of time when Google Fi owns your original Google voice number before releasing it. That made me very uncomfortable BECAUSE I use Google Voice with my ObiTalk Obi110.
So, I created a new Google account just to use with Project Fi and associated that with an area code ‘603’ (i.e., NH) phone number. This was not a big deal because you can share Google accounts across GMail, Google Drive, Google Photos etc.
With that account in place signing up and activating the wireless service on the Pixel 2 was a piece of cake. Took less than 15 minutes in total. It also only took about 20 minutes for Project Fi to activate my new number.
I get good voice/txt coverage. Not yet sure about data. But, so far, I am happy.
I just recommend that you be CAREFUL about which Google Voice number you go in with. OK?
by Anura Guruge