Google Fi Plans : Join from home, without activation fees or contracts
Google Fi has you covered with phone plans designed to meet your data needs. Pay only for the data you use, or go unlimited. If your needs change, you can easily switch between plans.
Google Fi supports more than 200+ countries. Here is a list of all countries currently supported: https://fi.google.com/about/international-rates/
The pricing structure for Google Fi is clear and uncomplicated. Compare to other international phone plans, it’s a clear winner when it comes to convenience and cost.
A US phone number and cell coverage in all supported countries are included in the $20 monthly Fi basics fee.
To avoid paying for services you don’t use, you can put your contract on hold for up to three months at a time.
Costs of phone calls and text messages
Text messaging is completely free, both to receive and to send.
The cost of a phone call differs depending on where you are in the United States and whether you are using wifi/data or a cellular network to make it.
There is no charge for incoming phone calls within the United States. You can also make free domestic calls to any number in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
It is necessary to distinguish between calls made using the local cellular network and those made using wifi/data when you are outside the United States. All supported countries charge 20c/min for cellular network incoming and outgoing calls. While not outrageously expensive, this item is also not extremely affordable.
Calls received over wifi or cellular data are always free to the caller.
Using wifi or data over 3G/LTE to place an outgoing call has a range of costs. In Germany, for example, calling a cell phone only costs 1c/minute. The complete list can be found on this page.
Cost for mobile data & bill protection
Google Fi really shines in this area, in my opinion.
You’re charged $10 for every gigabyte of data you use. The price remains the same in all of the countries where it is available. If you move to a new country, you won’t have to buy a local sim card or pay for roaming fees.
Google introduced “bill protection” in the beginning of 2018. This resulted in significant savings for those who used a lot of data.
The first 6 GB of storage are available for the standard 10 cents per GB price. After that, your bill is capped at 9 GB, and using more data is free. You can continue to use data after you’ve used up to 15GB, but it will be at a slower rate.
You can reactivate it for the regular price of $10/GB if you require faster speeds.
Example 1: 2 GB of Data Usage
Fi Basics: 20$
2 GB Data: 20$
Total = 40$ + tax
Example 2: 15 GB of Data Usage
Fi Basics: 20$
First 6GB Data: 60$
GB 6-15: free
Total = 80$ + tax