One thing that can be tricky while you’re traveling is figuring out how to communicate. Whether we want to be able to call each other, people back home, or people in the country we’re visiting, if we don’t have a phone that works in that country it can be a bit of a problem.
When Josh and I first started traveling together, I remember preparing for our first trip to India. We have a lot of friends from India, so one of them let us borrow their phone from India to take it on our trip. To get it to work, though, we needed a new SIM card. We scrambled around trying to find one throughout our trip, but for different reasons were never actually able to get one. We managed, but it definitely wasn’t easy communicating with people without a functioning phone!
It’s much easier now, though, because of the phone plan I’m on now. Have you ever heard of Project Fi? It’s the perfect plan for travelers– as well as a great one in general for those just wanting to save money on their phone bill.
What is Project Fi?
Project Fi is a phone plan from Google. The plan is designed to work with specific phones which have been created with the latest Google technology. My personal favorite part is that Project Fi gives you data to use internationally for the same price you pay to use it back home.
7 Specifics About Project Fi
- You never pay for unused data. You pay for your data upfront at the beginning of every month. If you reach the end of the month and you haven’t used all the data you paid for, the money you had paid for the extra data is applied to your payment for the next month’s data. If you use more data than you paid for, then you pay the difference by paying $10/GB.
- The basic plan for unlimited domestic calls and texts is $20 per month. $20 doesn’t include any data. If you use 1 GB, it’ll cost you an additional $10. As I mentioned before though, you only pay for what you use. If you pay $30 a month for the basic plan plus 1 GB of data, then only use half the GB, you’ll get the leftover $5 credited to your account at the end of the month.
- If you want to add people to your plan, it’s only an extra $15 per month for each of them. If you want, though, another option is to add your plan to a tablet or other device for free and let others use that.
- You can add your plan to tablets and other devices for free. You can get a data-only SIM card and use it on a tablet or other device, using your own plan. This can be a cost-effective way for families to communicate while traveling. If one of you has a Project Fi plan, you can get SIM cards for everyone else in your family to allow you all to communicate with each other while you’re traveling. You can get a SIM card to use under your plan for up to 9 devices. There are no charges or fees for the SIM cards (even the shipping is free!) you just pay the normal cost for the data used. If you use the app Hangouts’ dialer, you can even make phone calls with the data-only SIM setup.
- You can cancel at any time. There are no cancelation fees– you aren’t locked into a plan.
- You can pause your account at any time. I haven’t done this, but some people like to just use their Project Fi account while their traveling. They have the option of pausing their account while they’re at home so they only have to pay for the account during the periods they’d like to use it.
- You pay the same rate of $10/GB in 135+ countries and territories. You get unlimited texts as well as low cost calls abroad.
My Thoughts After Using Project Fi
My phone that’s on Project Fi has worked in every country we’ve traveled to. Every now and then I have run into spots where it didn’t work, but that’s been rare for me, and it’s usually only in places where no one else’s phone is working either (like in a small mountain village in India).
I’ve been really happy with how well my phone works! It makes traveling easier since we have a phone that lets us communicate basically anywhere we travel to. I also really appreciate how much less expensive Google Fi’s monthly plan is. While I’m back home, I rarely have to use my phone off Wi-Fi, which means most months I get credit for data I paid for but didn’t need to use.
If You Want Referred…
If you’re looking for a phone, I definitely recommend getting one that works under Project Fi– whether you’re planning on traveling abroad or not! If you’re interested in learning more about Project Fi and the phones that work under it, you can check out Project Fi’s FAQ page here.
I have a referral link you are welcome to use if you’d like! If you use it, 30 days after your Project Fi account is active you and I both get $20 in Fi credit 🙂
Here’s my referral link if you want it: https://g.co/fi/r/J079KE
Feel free also to ask me any questions that came up while you were reading the article. I’m more than happy to answer anything I can!