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Get Unlimited Data Around the World for Under $80 - Google Fi (Project Fi) Review 2019

Get Unlimited Data Around the World for Under $80 - Google Fi (Project Fi) Review 2019

If you’ve traveled around the world, you know the struggle of trying to find wifi or paying extra for using data on your phone internationally. Whether you need data to map a tourist destination, find good restaurants nearby or upload a picture to Instagram… everyone has experienced this hassle while traveling abroad. I switched to Google Fi because I was paying my phone bill back home and had to keep it on airplane mode during my travels to avoid crazy charges. I was fed up with paying for a service I couldn’t even use and not having data in some emergency situations.

I discovered Google Fi through a fellow backpacker I met at my hostel in Lisbon, Portugal. The hostel had terrible wifi and I asked how she had such good service on her phone. That’s when I learned that Google Fi works in almost every country in the world. I was excited to switch services and give it a try.

At the time I activated the service, Google Fi was only compatible with Andriod devices. This was a huge CON for me as I’ve been an iPhone user since 2008. It’s now compatible with iPhones. YAY. I ended up making the switch from being a loyal iPhone user to being the owner of a Pixel 3 XL. Was it worth the switch? The short answer is, yes.

So far the places I’ve traveled with Google Fi are:

  • Myanmar (Burma)

  • Thailand

  • Bali, Indonesia

  • Australia

  • USA

Having service and data everywhere has been incredible. I will say, in most Asian countries, it does make more sense to buy a cheap SIM card to use, instead of using your data. It ends up saving you money. Myanmar was the only country I decided not to use Google Fi due to the fact that it was less than $5 USD for 20GB SIM card. My Google FI bill was only $20 USD that month.

Another cool thing about Google Fi is they ONLY charge you for the data you actually use. For example, its $10/GB and you use 3GB of data you only pay $30. After 6GB it’s unlimited data. It is a minimum of $20 per month so even if you’re on wifi all month you get charged the $20 just for the service. Still, this is way cheaper than any other options I have found. The most you will ever pay is $80/month for service.

The bottom line… Google Fi has been a game changer for my travels and was definitely worth the switch.

Thanks for reading!

Lexi :)

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