Google Fi unveils its 5G coverage map and starts selling Samsung’s latest 5G phones
It was a big day when Google Fi, previously called Project Fi, opened up support for more devices, including those from Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung. A few years later, and the service is expanding even more by introducing support for Samsung’s latest 5G phones, including the Galaxy Note 20.
The full lineup of newly certified “Designed for Fi” Samsung devices is as follows:
Fi’s 5G network is already nationwide, so most people should get coverage in their area. If you’re concerned about specific 5G coverage in your particular area, you can check out this coverage map, which will let you search across the U.S. It’s worth noting, however, that 5G is only on the T-Mobile network, and factors such as speed and performance depend on things like carrier network capabilities, device configuration, and more. You’ll need a 5G capable smartphone that can connect to T-Mobile’s sub-6GHz network, for instance.
Bringing your own device to Google Fi usually means you can’t get features like network switching, smooth transitions between Wifi and cellular, or spam blocking, but picking up a Designed for Fi phone ensures you’ll get all of these features. Starting today, you can pick up these Samsung 5G phones straight from Fi. You’ll get $300 in Fi credit if you purchase the new Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, save $300 if you buy a new Galaxy S20, or save $150 if you buy the Galaxy A71 5G.
In addition to bringing support for Samsung’s latest 5G phones, Google Fi has certified Google’s latest Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G as Designed for Fi phones, both of which were recently unveiled at Google’s Launch Night In event. The Pixel 5 is set to launch overseas on October 15 and then in the U.S. and Canada on October 29.