Google Fi is the best way to stay connected while traveling, and it's not particularly close. But for many travelers, it's hard to justify paying per gigabyte of data at home – or paying for a second phone you only use on the road.
Google is mixing things up again with its new Google Fi Unlimited plan. Rolled out just this week, Google is starting to offer phone lines with unlimited data packages, in addition to the $10/GB model that has made Google Fi a great way to get international cell service.
This new plan pricing puts Google Fi in line with most major cell service providers offering unlimited data packages in the U.S. Add in the fact that you can use data in 170-plus countries (and make phone calls for free in more than 50 countries) without adding on a costly international package, and Google Fi could now easily be the best option for an avid traveler.
Here's a quick look at how the costs compare between the new Google Fi Unlimited plans and the traditional, flexible plans for two users:
Google Fi is a bit different than most cell service providers. For starters, it doesn't operate its own cell network, but partners with T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular domestically and 170+ countries abroad to keep users connected.
A few things to note about this new Unlimited offering:
- You get 22GB per person, each month of high-speed 4G data in almost every major country in the world, after which your speeds will slow down. That should be more than enough for almost everyone.
- You can place calls from more than 50 countries worldwide for free, including usual suspects like the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, and Mexico but also far-flung spots like Guam, Christmas Island, and Andorra. Check out the full list of countries with free calling.
The best international phone plan just got even better. This new Google Fi Unlimited plan should be the go-to choice for any traveler looking to stay connected at home and abroad.
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