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Best Fi Wireless plans for 2024: Pricing, phone options, and more

Whether you want to pay by the Gig or go unlimited, Google Fi is a great carrier.
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Published onMarch 26, 2024

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Google boasts a successful line of Pixel phones and plenty of other great mobile and smart hardware. Why not let it manage your mobile coverage? Google Fi is unique among prepared carriers, and it supports a jaw-dropping list of phones and in many ways feels more like a traditional carrier. If you want an alternative to the Big Three that’s all about flexibility, it just might be the way to go.

Google Fi’s plans fall into two basic categories, so we’ll cover them both in our breakdown. We’ll also touch on the long list of devices you can bring to the network from OEMs worldwide. Although Google Fi is an MVNO already, we’ll touch on a few of its top competitors to give you a bigger picture. Ready to try the carrier made by Google? Let’s get to it.

Which Fi Wireless plan is best for you?

The best Google Fi Wireless plans at a glance

FlexibleSimply UnlimitedUnlimited Plus
Cost
Flexible
$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)
$90 per month for 3 lines ($30 per line)
$100 per month for 4 lines ($25 per line)
$125 per month for 5 lines ($25 per line)
$150 per month for 6 lines ($25 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)
Talk & Text
Flexible
Unlimited
Simply Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited Plus
Unlimited
Data
Flexible
$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
Hotspot
Flexible
Full-speed at $10 per GB rate
Simply Unlimited
5GB of Wi-Fi hotspot tethering per person
Unlimited Plus
Full-speed included
International
Flexible
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.
Extras
Flexible
Data free after per-month limit
Simply Unlimited
None
Unlimited Plus

100GB of Google One storage for each group plan member.

One year of YouTube Premium per user at no additional cost.

There are now three Google Fi plans — two with unlimited data and another where you pay as you go. Each has its perks, but it’s up to you to decide which fits your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you out:

  • Flexible is perfect for those that don’t use much data. You pay just $20 monthly for unlimited talk and text, then $10 per every GB used. To keep your bill from getting too crazy, Google gives you free unlimited data after you’ve paid for 6GB — a bill total of $80 for one line. This plan is a bit of a hybrid between prepaid and postpaid, as you pay a monthly fee ahead, but the actual data is charged after the billing month ends. Have multiple lines? You can get discounted rates as low as $17 per line for 4  lines, though you pay the same $10 per GB for data.
  • Simply Unlimited is perfect for families that use more than a few gigs of data. At $50 a month for one line, Simply Unlimited isn’t the cheapest plan when you consider it’s not truly unlimited. You get just 35GB of high-speed data; afterward, things slow down to just 256kbps until the next billing period. If you’re just one person, we don’t really recommend this plan. That said, families will see the rate drop down to just $30 for four lines, and most users don’t really use more than 35GB of data anyhow.
  • Simply Unlimited Plus is best for frequent travelers who use a lot data. If you’re a frequent traveler, we recommend Plus over Simply Unlimited. It’s just $10 more for one line, yet you get 50GB of data, a Google One membership, and free texting and data in many countries across the globe. If you travel a lot, this is the way to go. There are also discounts that can bring it down to as little as $45 per line for four lines.

Which Fi Wireless plan do we recommend?

As we mentioned above, the best plan will depend on your use case. For those who use less than 3GB of data a month on a regular basis, Flexible will save you at least $10 over the Simply Unlimited plan. Unlike Simply Unlimited, you can use the data for hotspot access as well.

If you use more than 3GB regularly, Flexible isn’t worth it and can actually get more expensive than the other two at $80 a month for just 6GB of data. 

On the other hand, Simply Unlimited Plus is a better fit if you use more than 3GB of data a month and need hotspot access or if you travel frequently. For single-line users it’s only $10 more than the basic unlimited plan, though that gap goes up to $15 with more lines, interestingly.

Below we’ll take a closer look at all three plans and dive into what else sets them apart.

Flexible

The most cost-effective option with Google Fi is the Flexible plan. This plan charges a base monthly service fee of up to $20. Additionally, you pay for the data you use per gigabyte. Once you reach a usage of 6GB in a month, data access is free for the remainder of that month, up to 15GB. This system effectively caps your monthly bill, ensuring you never pay more than a predetermined amount. The plan also includes full-speed hotspot access, giving you flexibility in how you use your data.

For international travelers, Fi is an excellent choice. The plan offers free texts, international calls starting at just one cent per minute, and data at the standard rate. In fact, if your travel is occasional, opting for the Flexible plan during your trips could be more economical than choosing an Unlimited Plan. Even after reaching the 6GB data cap, you can continue to use data without exceeding a monthly maximum of $80.

Pros:

  • Great for those who don’t use a lot of data regularly.
  • Can use more data on occasion if you’re willing to pay the extra charge (up to a max of $80 a month total)
  • Great for occasional travelers, as the $10 per GB rate applies internationally as well. And calling starts at just $.01 a minute. 
  • There are no limits on video streaming quality. 

Cons:

  • Can get pricey if you regularly use a lot of data on this plan. 

 

Simply Unlimited

Google split its unlimited tier back in 2021, creating a more budget-friendly option for those staying in the US. The additional tier, named Simply Unlimited, provides unlimited talk, text, and data, along with free calls to Canada and Mexico. A significant advantage is that Simply Unlimited starts at $60 per month for a single user, offering savings compared to the fully unlimited plan.

With this plan, you’ll receive 35GB of high-speed data. However, it’s important to note that hotspot tethering is not included. Additionally, Simply Unlimited does not include a Google One membership, which might require an additional monthly expenditure.

Pros:

  • Great for those who use a lot of data.
  • Free calls to Canada and Mexico.

Cons:

  • It limits video streaming to standard definition (480p).
  • No international data or texts.
  • No hotspot access at all. 

Unlimited Plus

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing — at least, that’s the idea behind the Google Fi Unlimited Plus plan. Built for users who know they need it all, the top-tier plan adds plenty of extra goodies on top of unlimited talk, text, and data. Starting at $70 per person, you can take full advantage of a mobile hotspot connection and video streams at DVD quality (480p). The Unlimited plan includes a Google One membership with 100GB of cloud storage for free to make things even better.

Google Fi Unlimited is the better international option, too, as data usage is free along with texting. It’ll still slow down once you reach 50GB, but that’s more than most people use in a month. You’ll still pay for calling, but more than 50 countries come with your monthly rate. Unlimited Plus now also includes one year of YouTube Premium at no extra cost.

Highlights:

  • Use as much data as you want, up to 50GB
  • Google One membership included
  • Go abroad with free texts and data as well as low calling rates

Best for:

  • Users who want it all and plan to spend ample time abroad

Pros:

  • Go abroad with free text and data, as well as low calling rates.
  • Google One Membership included.
  • You get hotspot access with this plan.

Cons:

  • It limits video streaming to standard definition (480p).
  • Can be a bit too pricey if you don’t regularly travel or use a ton of data. 

Google Fi vs the competition

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The best way to choose your next carrier is to stack all of your options in a head-to-head showdown. Of course, it’s only fair to compare Google Fi to some of the other top prepaid plans on the market. We’ve grabbed our favorite options from the Big Three — one each on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. We’ve also included one popular third-party MVNO

Cricket MoreVisibleMint MobileGoogle Fi
Cost
Cricket More
$60 for one line
$90 for two lines
$110 for three lines
$130 for four lines
Visible
$40 per month
Mint Mobile
$45 per month
Google Fi
$70 for one line
$60 for two lines
$50 for three lines
$45 for four lines
Host Operator
Cricket More
AT&T
Visible
Verizon
Mint Mobile
T-Mobile
Google Fi
T-Mobile
Sprint
UScellular
Talk and Text
Cricket More
Unlimited
Visible
Unlimited
Mint Mobile
Unlimited
Google Fi
Unlimited
Data
Cricket More
Unlimited 4G LTE
Visible
Unlimited 4G LTE
Mint Mobile
Unlimited
Google Fi
Unlimited
Extras
Cricket More
Standard Definition streaming
15GB Mobile hotspot
Visible
Mobile Hotspot
Mint Mobile
None
Google Fi
Full-speed hotspot
Google One membership
International
Cricket More
Mexico and Canada usage up to 50%
Texting to 37 countries
Visible
None
Mint Mobile
International calls to Mexico and Canada
International texting
Google Fi
Free calls to over 50 countries
Free texts and data abroad

Mint Mobile

First is Mint Mobile, the only option on today’s list not owned by a larger carrier. Instead, it’s owned by Deadpool himself — Ryan Reynolds. Mint now offers a new unlimited plan, or you can get 15GB of 4G LTE or 5G access from just $30 per month, and your phone will automatically jump to whichever service is more reliable. International calling to Mexico and Canada is baked in, and you can use as much of your cap for hotspot as you wish.

Instead of snagging an extra fee for your SIM card, Mint will send you a versatile option that you can punch into any of three sizes. The lack of bonus perks and streaming options is a bummer, but Mint makes a great affordable option on the T-Mobile network.

Highlights:

  • Up to unlimited 4G LTE or 5G data per month
  • Calling included to Mexico and Canada

Visible

Visible is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verizon, which means you get a massive nationwide network without the costs often associated with Big Red. It keeps your plan options even easier than Google Fi because there’s only one. You’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data for $40 per month, which you can drop to $25 per month thanks to Party Pay.

Party Pay involves teaming up with as many other friends on the Visible network as you please. You’ll save $5 for each user you add, but all of you will pay separately. That means one late payer won’t drag down the others. Every time you refer a friend to the network, Visible will reward you with a month of service for just $5. Also, Visible will let you tap into hotspot access, and it’s finally added genuine international coverage for both Canada and Mexico.

Highlights:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data
  • Pay as little as $25 per month with Party Pay

Cricket Wireless

The last competitor, Cricket Wireless, relies on AT&T as an owned MVNO. Although it’s part of the AT&T umbrella, Cricket acts like its own network, offering various plans and add-ons to make the most of your service. The best — and most expensive — plan you can get is Cricket More, and it serves as the high-end unlimited option. For your money, you’ll get unlimited talk, text, and data, and 15GB of hotspot included.

Sticking to the More idea, you can use your plan in Canada and Mexico only if it’s less than half of your service. Cricket also allows you to add on even more hotspot access or add calling to individual international countries for a fee.

Highlights:

  • Usage in Canada and Mexico up to 50%
  • 15GB mobile hotspot included; add more for a fee

Best Google Fi phones

Traditionally only post-paid carriers offered special incentives like free phones or device financing, but there are a few prepaid options that do the same. Fi Wireless is one of those carriers! You’ll need to pass a soft credit check first, but monthly payment plans range from as little as $8 a month and as high as $50. The actual list of phones will change over time. You can find the full list directly at Google Fi Wireless’ website, but here are a few highlighted selections worth looking at:

  • Samsung Galaxy S24 series – starting at $14.58 a month
  • Google Pixel 8 Series – Starting at $12.46 a month
  • Pixel 7a – $0 a month with 24 bill credits
  • Samsung Galaxy A15 5G – $0 a month with 24 bill credits

Does Fi Wireless offer any special discounts?

If you’re looking for senior citizen, first responder, or military discounts, you’re unfortunately not going to find them with Fi Wireless. While some prepaid carriers offer this kind of discount, this is typically more common among postpaid plans. 

Frequently asked questions

Google tends to keep the same plans for a long time, though it does make changes typically at least once per year. For example in 2023 they added family plan discounts.

Google Fi runs on T-Mobile’s network. That said, it has a roaming agreement with US Cellular, so if you travel into a rural area where that service where only US Cellular is available, it will automatically switch at no cost to the user.

Yes, all phones purchased for Fi Wireless are sold in unlocked form and can be taken to any other carrier you wish.

Yes, both the iPhone 14 and iPhone SE (2022) are available from Google Fi and you can bring almost any (reasonably recent) unlocked iPhone to the network.

Yes, with the exception of Simply Unlimited. The Flexible and Unlimited Plus plans include international support and lower costs than most of the competition.

The answer to that is subjective. Is it cheaper? In most cases, yes. If you’re looking for an alternative to the big three, Google Fi works and feels the most like a postpaid option. In fact Flexible plan users do in fact pay for most of their bill after the month ends.

Yes! Select Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, and Pixel devices support eSIM technology on Google Fi.

Actually, it already does. Google offers discounts on both Flex, Simply Unlimited, and Unlimited Plus plan for up to six lines. For example, Simply Unlimited would cost just $20 per line for those with 4 to 6 lines, versus $50 for one  line.

Google’s Flex plan charges you $20 for talk and text, then $10 per gig. This could get out of hand fast, but Google saw that coming. Once you’ve used 6GB of data the rest is free. As for the unlimited plans? If you blow through your high-speed cap you’ll continue getting unlimited data at potentially slowed speeds.