Google’s Project Fi MVNO is a very unique experiment that uses both T-Mobile and Sprint cellular networks to make a hybrid network that boasts some pretty solid coverage across the United States. However, since it is often bridging two foreign legacy networks it uses some interesting magic to make things work well. Since there is so much witchcraft going on and Google has needed to have full control over the phones that are connected to it (and technology restrictions pretty much bar anyone else), the MVNO has been exclusive to the Nexus 6, 5X, and 6P…until now.
Starting now, you can bring tablets to the Project Fi network, pop in a SIM, and go to town. According to the documentation on the Project Fi website, any unlocked tablet or data-only device should be capable of working with Project Fi but they have only tested and confirmed compatibility with the following tablets:
- Nexus 7 – K009 (US LTE)
- Nexus 9 – 0P82300 (US LTE)
- iPad Air 2 – Model A1567
- iPad mini 4 – Model A1550
- Galaxy Tab S – Model SM-T807V
Otherwise they’re pretty much just saying you’re on your own as far as support is concerned if it’s not one of those five tabs. What’s particularly great about this new setup is that it doesn’t cost any extra money dollars to add a tablet to your Fi account. As long as you have a Fi account you can request a data-only SIM (or 9) and pop them into your favorite tablets. You can have up to 9 data-only devices on your account but there’s no restriction from swapping cards around between your other 14 tablets. Data costs the same $10/GB as it does on your phone (and draws from the same data), so it’s just like tethering to your phone except you don’t have to do that.
You may have also noticed that there are some non-Google devices among those listed above. They’re able to support this (which has been confirmed by Android Police) by having the data-only SIM cards basically just be T-Mobile MVNO cards. You will only be able to connect to the T-Mobile LTE network with these cards, so plan accordingly (and be wary of what bands your tablet will support).
All of this adds up to a fairly great deal from Project Fi as long as you don’t plan on using a ton of data. If you do, maybe you’d be better off with one of the offerings from the big carriers.
Source: Project Fi