Project Fi Offers Data Only SIMs For Tablets And Other Data-Only Devices
Google Project Fi has announced that they have added support for tablets and other data only devices. New feature will be available over the next few days to Project Fi subscribers who will be able to add data devices to their existing account. Project Fi offers data only SIMs which are free and can be ordered through the Project Fi website. Data service is, however, charged $10 per month for 1GB, just like data for phones. Also like for the phones, customers will pay for only what they have used.
There are some notable restrictions, though, that customer should be aware of. Customers cannot share data between devices (no using it as a mobile hotspot since tethering is not supported), and they can add up to nine devices to one account. Also, the same data only SIM card can be used in different devices. However, if data SIM is placed in a phone, customers will not be able to call or send texts over the cellular network but they will have access to data.
Currently, Project Fi definitely offers support for the Nexus 7 (K009 US LTE), Nexus 9 (0P82300 US LTE), iPad Air 2 (A1567), iPad Mini 4 (A1550), and the Galaxy Tab S (SM-T807V). The carrier also notes that other tablets and data only devices might be working with Project Fi service but its compatibility needs to be checked first. To begin with, data only devices must be compatible with T-Mobile network and must be unlocked. Project Fi’s phone service, however, works on Sprint, T-Mobile and WiFi networks simultaneously searching for the best possible connection at the time and location. The carrier said that more verified data only devices would be added to the above mentioned list over time.
For now, new customers cannot access the data only service. Only those who are already Projecf Fi subscribers can. Hopefully, in time, that will become a possibility. At this time, just like for the phone service that works only with Nexus 6, 5X, or 6P, those interested need to request an invite.