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– – Google Google Fi

  • Use this link to signup for Google FI as a new subscriber,
    Fi will credit you and Glenn $20 after you've been active for 30 days.

by Explainosphere – Published on Feb 3, 2019

What is Google Google Fi

Google Fi is a wireless service that Google set up to offer mobile service directly to users.

The most innovative aspect of Google Fi is its pricing: Google is charging $20 per month for talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 170+ countries, then an additional $10 per GB of data each month. Google Fi includes unlimited international texts, Wi-Fi tethering to use your phone as a hotspot, and access cellular coverage in 170+ countries. International voice calls when traveling (non-Wi-Fi) $0.20 per minute in most countries. All International Rates Your phone number works in 170+ countries and calls are just a dollar for a 5-minute call ($0.20 a minute).

For example, a plan with 2GB of data costs $40 per month. However, if you don't use all that data, Google will partially refund the money you already paid. So if you only used 1.4 of your 2GB, Google says, you'll get $6 back.

Being a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) means Google essentially licenses network infrastructure from other carriers. Google is making itself the middleman between customers and carriers. So although your Google Fi phone will use T-Mobile, Sprint LTE and US Cellular service, you'll only ever have to deal with Google.

Your device will automatically hop among Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots depending on which has the best connection. Google counts over a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots in the US as part of its network. When you're connected to Wi-Fi networks, Google encryption keeps you secure, the company says. And you'll transition seamlessly between Wi-Fi and LTE, even in the middle of a call.

Through new technology developed with their partners, Google Fi puts you on the best available network between Wi-Fi and two 4G LTE networks. This means you get access to more cell towers and 4G LTE in more places. Google Fi has partnered with Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular carriers in the US, to launch our service. You can view Fi's US coverage at. 

Phones from Google designed for Fi are packed with your favorite features, from smart cameras to powerful batteries. All of them are built with Google Fi’s unique technology to keep you on the best signal. 

Now you can bring your existing to Google FiCheck the compatibility of a phone you already have.

What's included in the Fi Basics?  Fi one simple plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20/month. It includes unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, Wi-Fi tethering to use your phone as a hotspot, and access cellular coverage in 170+ countries. If your data usage at the end of the month is less than your data budget, you'll get a credit of one cent per MB. For example, if your data budget is 2GB and you use 1.265GB, you'll get a $7.35 credit.  Note: My Fi bill is about $30 a month including taxes.

Use this link to signup for Google FI as a new subscriber, Fi will credit you and Glenn $20 after you've been active for 30 days. 

Control and Manage Cell Data Usage – Google's Datally App Can Save On Mobile Data Usage

Google has an app that will help you save money by stopping apps from wasting cellular data.

The app, called Datally, is available in the Google Play marketplace. Once installed, the app conducts an audit on the apps you're running on your smartphone to find out what kind of data they're consuming. From there, you can decide on an app-by-app basis how much data they should consume. Datally also features a Data Saver Bubble feature that shows your data usage in real-time. You can use the bubble to block an app from consuming data.

But if you're in a plan like Ting or Google Fi that charges you based on the amount of data you use, Datally could come in handy. It'll help you see which apps are running at any given time, and find out how much data they're using. The ability to turn off app data usage or ratchet it back could save you money. (Play Store)  


– – What is Ting?

Ting is a new mobile phone service that caters to people tired of dealing with complicated billing plans from carriers like AT&T or Verizon. Their slogan is ‘Mobile That Makes Sense’.

Click here for $25 off your first device! 

Ting plans explained video

We have been using this service for a while. It worked everywhere on our driving trip from Florida to Pennsylvania and our recent visit to Portland Oregon. Here is the Coverage map.

Ting is a cell provider, Barbara and I have used.  We usually used 1000 minutes, 100 text messages, and 500 Mb of data a month.  The lower costs months are when we used less than 100 Mb data. Our bills were all between $45 and $55 a month.

Saving Money on Your Mobile Phone Bill with Ting

Some people have a bad conception of no-contract phone providers. Ting is post-pay (meaning you pay for the previous month's usage). Ting is is an offshoot of a company providing internet services for over twenty years Tucows Inc.

It is important to note, Ting does not have their own networks. Instead, they lease the use of Sprint or T-Mobile mobile networks. If you are considering Ting, ask people you know that use Sprint or T-Mobile how their coverage is in the area, this is a key step in deciding if Ting is right for you.

Who is Ting?

Ting is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The virtual part means the use of another company's network, in this case, Sprint or T-Mobile.

How Can Ting Save Me Money?

Let me start off by saying, that if you are a huge data user, Ting may not be for you. If you are using 1-2 Gigabytes a month or more of data, the price stops being as competitive.

Tech Support

Here is another area where Ting shines. No phone trees, no overseas call centers, and almost never any wait. You call Ting with a problem, you get a real, native English speaking human, my experience has been excellent with them. The support personnel knows the business, are not following scripts, and get things done.

Other Ting Advantages

Like most other providers, Ting provides free voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, etc. In addition, one service they provide is free WiFi tethering! Most other providers charge an extra $20-$30 a month for this. Ting does not care how many devices you tether to your phone. You pay for the data you use, period.

Links and Referral Program save some money!

First, Ting has a referral program. If you use my referral link, you get $25 off a new device, or $25 of credit if you bring a device or buy used. I get a $25 credit as well. Please use my link and save yourself a few bucks.

Please remember to come back and use $25 off link after looking at the rate calculator!

Use this link to Ting and get $25 off your first device. 

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