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Google Fi vs Verizon: Which carrier is worth your money?

In our quest to help you choose your next phone plan, we stack Google Fi vs Verizon to see which one is worth your money.
August 9, 2023
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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Only one carrier can come out on top in a battle of young vs old. On the one hand, we have Verizon — a top US carrier with mountains of plans and coverage. On the other, Google Fi continues to grow with its unique network structure. The two are vastly different; only one can be your go-to for service. In a battle of Google Fi vs Verizon, which carrier is right for you?

We will take pricing, coverage, and promos into account in our category-by-category breakdown. Are you ready to kick off the first round? Let’s get to it!

Google Fi vs Verizon — At a glance 

Here’s a quick breakdown of prices and features before we jump right in to the comparison:

FlexibleSimply UnlimitedUnlimited PlusmyPlan Unlimited WelcomemyPlan Unlimited Plus
$20/mo + $10/GB per month for 1 line
$35/mo + $10/GB per month for 2 lines
$50/mo + $10/GB per month for 3 lines
$65/mo + $10/GB per month for 4 lines
$80/mo + $10/GB per month for 5 lines
$95/mo + $10/GB per month for 6 lines
Simply Unlimited
$50 per month for 1 line
$80 per month for 2 lines ($40 per line)
$80 per month for 3 lines (previously $25 per line, now $26.67 per line)
$80 per month for 4 lines ($20 per line)
$100 per month for 5 lines ($20 per line)
$120 per month for 6 lines ($20 per line)
Unlimited Plus
$65 per month for 1 line
$110 a month for 2 lines ($55 per line)
$135 per month for 3 lines ($45 per line)
$160 per month for 4 lines ($40 per line)
$200 per month for 5 lines ($40 per line)
$240 per month for 6 lines ($40 per line)
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
$40 for three lines
$30 for four lines
$27 for five lines
myPlan Unlimited Plus
$80 for one line
$70 for two lines
$55 for three lines
$45 for four lines
$42 for five lines
Talk & Text
Simply Unlimited
Unlimited Plus
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
myPlan Unlimited Plus
$10 per GB used until you reach limit
Simply Unlimited
Up to 35GB of free, unmetered data
Unlimited Plus
Up to 50GB of free, unmetered data
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Unlimited 4G LTE
5G Nationwide
myPlan Unlimited Plus
Unlimited 4G LTE
5G Nationwide
5G wideband
Full-speed at $10 per GB rate
Simply Unlimited
5GB of Wi-Fi hotspot tethering per person
Unlimited Plus
Full-speed included
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Not included
myPlan Unlimited Plus
30GB 4G LTE or 5G
Free calls from US to Canada and Mexico.
On an iPhone, when you travel outside of the US, tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot options are not available.
Simply Unlimited
Free calls from US to Canada and Mexico
No international calls, texts, and data outside the US, Canada, and Mexico
Unlimited Plus
Free calls from US to over 50 countries.
Unlimited data and texts in over 200 countries or regions.
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
Talk & Text in Mexico and Canada
myPlan Unlimited Plus
Talk & Text in Mexico and Canada
Texting in over 200 countries
Data free after per-month limit
Simply Unlimited
Unlimited Plus
100GB of Google One storage for each group plan member.

One year of YouTube Premium per user at no additional cost.
myPlan Unlimited Welcome
480p streaming
Can add perks for $10 each, including 100GB hotspot data, Apple Music, Apple One, Disney Plus bundle, and more
myPlan Unlimited Plus
$10 each, including 100GB hotspot data, Apple Music, Apple One, Disney Plus bundle, and more

Google Fi vs Verizon — Pricing

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It’s well established that Verizon is one of the more expensive carriers, but not by as wide of a margin as it once was. 

Google Fi’s Simply Unlimited option is similarly priced to myPlan Unlimited Welcome, though Verizon is actually $10 cheaper. That said, Google becomes cheaper when you add more lines, and it has the benefit of hotspot access included — something Verizon requires you to pay extra for. Verizon’s base unlimited plan can be as cheap as $27 per line for five lines, while five lines come to $20 per line for Fi Wireless. Perks and privileges are actually pretty similar between the two as we’ll get into a bit later. 

Next up, we have the myPlan Unlimited Plus and Fi Wireless Unlimited Plus starting at $65 and $80, respectively. At $15 less, Fi compares pretty favorably and even has a few aces up its sleeves when it comes to international access. The pricing gap shrinks a bit as you add more lines, as four lines are only $5 more per line on Verizon’s plan. Verizon has the benefit of better data prioritization and truly unlimited access, something you won’t get with Fi.

While it’s relatively straightforward to compare one unlimited plan to another, Google Fi has another trick up its sleeve — the Flexible Plan. You’ll start with a $20 per month flat rate for a single line, and each gigabyte of data you use costs $10. It’s a great plan if you don’t anticipate browsing too much. Google Fi even offers bill protection, so you won’t pay another dime if you use over 6GB of data as a single line.

Of course, you can always opt for an MVNO if you want to save even more money. There are tradeoffs to think about, but we highly recommend both Metro by T-Mobile and Visible.

Google Fi vs Verizon — Coverage

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Google fi

Google Fi primarily uses the T-Mobile network, though it does have a roaming agreement with US Cellular but it only defaults to that network if there’s absolutely no reachable T-Mobile signal. 

The dark green regions indicate Google Fi’s 4G LTE coverage in the map above, while the lighter areas denote 3G and 2G coverage. Google Fi’s service may not be perfect, but it has come a long way in the past few years. If you have a 5G-ready device, you’ll also be able to tap into T-Mobile’s nationwide network at no extra cost. You can check out Google Fi’s local coverage by entering your zip code here.

On the other hand, Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the largest among major US carriers, reaching 70% of the United States. It offers reliable coverage and solid speeds for most users across the country. Big Red also manages some of the best 5G speeds, though the mmWave network is not without drawbacks. If you’re not within the mmWave territory, Verizon’s brand-new Nationwide 5G network is far more accessible, and you can explore its new map right here.

Google Fi vs Verizon — Perks and promotions

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Coverage and pricing are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. Perks and extras must also be considered.

Verizon made some big changes earlier in 2023 and stopped offering perks bundled with its plans. Instead, it simplified its plans down to just two and introduced perks as add-on benefits that cost $10 apiece. The perks you can add include:

  • Disney Bundle (Hulu, Disney Plus, ESPN Plus)
  • 2TB Cloud Storage
  • 100GB Mobile hotspot
  • Walmart+ Membership
  • Apple One
  • Apple Music Family
  • Smartwatch Data
  • 3 TravelPass Days

All of these perks would cost more if you were to subscribe directly, such as the Disney Plus Bundle. 

Over on Google Fi, the Android creator tosses in a handy Google One membership with your Unlimited Plus plan. It’s a $2 monthly value, including cloud storage, discounts, and support for Google products. Unfortunately, the Flexible and Simply Unlimited plans are hung out to dry except for the bill protection for heavy data users. 

There are also great international data options for Fi, such as the ability to make calls and texts for free in 200+ countries if you have the premium unlimited plan. Even the base plans have the ability to call select countries from the US. 

Verizon is in the driver’s seat when it comes to promotions. You can snag substantial savings on select Google Fi devices like the Galaxy S23 family or sign up for Pixel Pass and get a Pixel 7, but there aren’t as many devices to choose from overall. Big Red is happy to give you a couple of hundred dollars off of most flagships when you switch. In fact, you can get a Galaxy S23 or a Pixel 7 free right now when you trade in a device. While Fi also offers some solid promotions, they occur less frequently. 

Google Fi vs Verizon — Phone selections

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Like many of the largest US carriers, Verizon offers an impressive list of devices. If you can name it, then Verizon probably supports it — as long as it’s a CDMA device. You’ll notice that a few of Verizon’s 5G phones are also set up under the UW name (ultrawide), which means that they’re explicitly configured for Big Red’s mmWave network. Luckily, the launch of Nationwide 5G makes it easier to bring your 5G-ready device or pick one up universally unlocked.

Google Fi also supports an incredible list of devices, and you can bring almost all of them yourself. You can grab the Pixel 7 Pro and the rest of the Pixel family, and now the entire S22 range right from the carrier. Here is the list of all other supported devices.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of choices from either carrier, but we’ve conveniently narrowed down the best phones from Verizon and Google Fi to help out.

Which carrier is right for you?

At long last, the answer you’ve been waiting for. In the battle of Google Fi vs Verizon, which carrier wins? Unfortunately, the answer is that it depends on your needs. Verizon offers a massive network and a laundry list of perks, though you’ll pay a pretty penny for coverage. If you need a lower-cost plan from Verizon, you’ll have to sacrifice most of the perks that make it worthwhile. Over at Google Fi, you’ll find just two plans and a few phones to pick from. Google Fi’s use of T-Mobile’s and UScellular’s networks offers reliable coverage with seamless switching, and it’s an excellent option for travel abroad too.

We’ve also compared Google Fi to the other heavy hitters, AT&T and T-Mobile, just in case you’re coming from a different network.