Google is expanding the phones it sells directly for use with its Google Fi network, with the company now offering six of Samsung’s latest 5G phones: the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus. , the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy A71 5G.
Fi customers have been able to use Samsung’s Android phones – which are pretty much the face of Android as a whole, despite Google’s efforts with its Pixel line – for years, but have had to buy them unlocked. Now, though, Google is directly selling the devices, something that was previously only offered for their own Pixel devices and Motorola phones.
Google also offers some discounts on Galaxy phones purchased for Fi customers: $ 300 in Fi billing credits for anyone who purchases the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, $ 300 off the three S20 models (once activated on Fi), and $ 1
Additionally, Google has begun to put Fi’s support for 5G in the far more prominent spotlight, with the company now advertising its “national 5G” on its coverage website and including a new coverage map showing where you will be able to get 5G with Fi. Google Fi has been supporting 5G for months already, as it’s a T-Mobile based MVNO, provided your device supports T-Mobile’s various types of 5G.
Of course, all of these new 5G-focused additions come just as Google is about to launch the first 5G devices, with the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G arriving in a few weeks. When the only way to use 5G with Fi was to bring your separately purchased unlocked device, there weren’t many incentives for Google to make a big deal. But now that the company sells 5G devices directly (including those from Google itself), it makes sense that the company is putting more emphasis on the new networking standard.