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Project Fi now supports tablets and other data-only devices

Google has just announced that Project Fi now supports tablets and other internet-only devices!

Published onDecember 15, 2015


Update: To clarify, the data-only plans still require you to have a phone account with Project Fi as well. For more details, head here.

Google has been making some notable improvements to its Project Fi network over the past few months, and today the company has some pretty big news. Project Fi now supports tablets and other data-only devices. Now you’ll be able to access a cellular connection from tablets and other connected devices while you’re out and about. All you need to do is order a data-only SIM card from Google, put it in your device, follow the on-screen instructions, and you’re all set. As you might expect, the data-only plans cost the same as Project Fi’s smartphone plans – $10 per gigabyte of data, and you’ll be refunded for the data that you don’t use.

If this is something that interests you, take a look at Project Fi’s data-only SIM coverage map.

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There is no monthly line access fee. You simply pay for the data you use, and that’s it. The list of tablets compatible with the Fi network is somewhat limited at the moment, but we’re sure more will be added in the near future:

  • Nexus 7 – K009 (US LTE)
  • Nexus 9 – 0P82300 (US LTE)
  • iPad Air 2 – Model A1567
  • iPad mini 4 – Model A1550
  • Galaxy Tab S – Model SM-T807V

Google says data-only SIM cards may work with other devices that aren’t on this list, but they’ll need to be unlocked and work with T-Mobile’s GSM network. You can add up to nine data-only devices on the same account, though there’s unfortunately no tethering. Google says you can even set up a data-only SIM card in your phone, though you won’t have the ability to make phone calls or send texts through the cellular network.

Google is rolling out this update to Fi as we speak. Existing Project Fi subscribers will be able to order their data-only SIM cards from the Account page on the Fi website. The company says this addition is rolling out gradually, so everyone should have access to this option in the next few days.

Up until now, Project Fi was only compatible with the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6. It’s great to see the Fi network grow, and to see more and more devices added to the lineup. Are you more inclined to try out Project Fi now that tablet support has been added? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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