Project Fi gets data-only SIMs for tablets, won’t charge per-device fees
Slowly but surely, Google’s Project Fi MVNO experiment is becoming more and more a force to be reckoned with. While it always offered some pretty competitive rates, and an attractive billing plan that helped users not waste their data, device compatibility has been a sticking point, and earlier this year we saw access expand from the Nexus 6 alone to also include the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Now Google’s pushing forward with plans to bring Project Fi access to more mobile devices than ever before, as it introduces a new data-only SIM.
Here’s how it works: if you’ve already got Project Fi, you’ll soon be able to request one of these data-only SIM cards. They won’t cost you a penny, and formally, Google’s announcing compatibility with five devices: the Nexus 7, Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and the first-gen Galaxy Tab S. That said, Google clarifies that this list is not exhaustive, and most tablets with T-Mobile-compatible radios should work just fine.
Hell, you can technically even use a full-on smartphone with this new SIM – you just won’t have access to voice calls or text messages.
Once you get your free data-only SIM and pop it in a compatible device, it will tap into your existing Project Fi data allowance. That’s the real beauty of this move – you just pay for the data you consume, and not any sort of additional device fee for simply having your tablet on the Project Fi network. If you’ve got enough tablets, you can go quite nuts: Google will give you up to nine SIMs, and you’re free to swap those between an even greater number of devices – all at no additional cost.
If you were on the fence about Project Fi before, did this just push you over the edge?