Deal of the Week: Google Fi family plan now offers even better data and coverage Nuked 1 November 2019 OverallGoogle’s new Google Fi service – previously only available as a family plan for up to five devices – has gotten even better.In recent weeks, the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant announced it will sell the Pixel 3A, the refurbished phone included in its four-device family plan, for just $299 — meaning only $400 in total out-of-pocket cost for the most expensive Pixel 3 model (Pixel 3).This “monster” deal is available to Fi users who purchase a new device at full retail price through Verizon or T-Mobile. Just go to this Google Fi landing page to learn more. (Note that customers can apply the Pixel 3A discount on the Google Fi price of any phone purchased elsewhere, subject to local carriers’ Terms of Service.)That “all-in” Fi plan starts at $69 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, but you can purchase a device separately and save additional money. The Family Plan includes up to five devices (or, four up-and-comers and one Pixel, per account) for $164 per month.You can check out rates and offerings for other wireless carriers here.Google’s Android smartphones, launched this year, sport a quirky little elongated oval design with a finger-size bezel that help make it work. The Pixel 3 models come in six colors: black, white, burgundy, blue, yellow and coral. They all sport a built-in, IP67 water-resistance rating.“All Pixel 3 devices feature a breakthrough design that can endure up to 10 hours of moderate use in just 10 minutes of under-water use,” Google says on its website.Each Pixel 3 phone also has a 120-degree wide-angle camera lens that lets you take immersive landscapes and 360-degree photos — all with one click of the camera button on the back.By comparison, if you buy a 4G phone directly from a carrier, your handset may cost about $500 — not including data, voice calls or a monthly device fee.Price play?Hewlett Packard didn’t have a wireless plan similar to Google Fi when it first launched its line of mobile computers in 2004. That’s mostly because cellular data wasn’t widely available at the time. But then-CEO Mark Hurd and VP John Ray excited consumers by calling its Compaq iPaq the first consumer smartphone.A few years later, the company switched to another approach — offering wireless service as part of its Compaq Desktop Extreme mobile computer.The company had its biggest victory in 2004, when wireless subscribers combined to become the biggest Internet data service subscribers worldwide. That’s when HP began counting 350 million mobile-device users.Nowadays, though, few consumers want to discuss cell phone service. Their attention is focused on the data perks that carriers offer.For instance, when the iPhone 5 launched in 2012, the AT&T exclusivity of the device, one of the first smartphones to gain widespread consumer appeal, made it quite popular among AT&T customers. But Apple eventually introduced the iPhone in two more carrier-customized versions, the Verizon iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s.More iPhones have hit the market ever since, too. And, since most smartphones cost between $300 and $400, it’s rare to find one for less than $400.Here’s an example: Check out this weekend’s review of the LG V40 ThinQ. It’s a 5.8-inch phone that sports a picture-perfect notch, a curved screen and crazy-good sound. Alas, it’s sold exclusively through AT&T. Even though you can buy the phone elsewhere, at $1,299, AT&T is the only carrier that sells it.And that’s why the Google Fi deal is so enticing.Spread the fake ai universeLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.