Use Project Fi? Google Will Pay You $20 to Do This

Ben Stegner 19-12-2016

Google’s Project Fi is a great cell phone plan for those who don’t use a lot of data. We reviewed it earlier this year Is Project Fi Worth It? 7 Things to Know Before You Switch Google's Project Fi is a low-cost but powerful mobile plan. Here's what you need to know if you're thinking of switching to Project Fi. Read More  and found it to be simple, cheap, and effective.


Eschewing the traditional phone carrier practice of screwing you over as much as possible, Google has treated its Fi subscribers to little bonuses like a LEGO phone stand and a $10 Google Play credit. Its latest move is to offer $20 to anyone who refers a friend to Project Fi.

If you’re a current Fi subscriber, open the Project Fi app on your phone and look for the Refer a Friend notice.


The app provides a six-character code that you can send to a friend. Once someone signs up for Project Fi and stays active for 30 days, both of you will earn $20. You can refer up to ten people and they’ll have until January 11, 2017 to accept the invitation. Note that this does not apply to Project Fi’s new group plans Are Family Cell Phone Plans Cheaper Than MVNOs? [Cheat Sheet Included] Have you ever tried to figure out how to save money on your family’s cell phone bill? We're here to help. Read More .

While $20 isn’t much, it will cover a month’s worth of unlimited talk and text on Fi. If you were thinking about trying Project Fi yourself, get in touch with someone who already uses it and you can save some cash right away!


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Have you tried Project Fi? If not, will you consider making the switch this holiday season to take advantage of this offer? We’d love to hear your questions about the service down in the comments!

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  1. Mike
    December 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    The concept of being able to switch from one carrier to the other is great on paper, however, Project Fi is still not executing well on this. If you're in an area covered well by Sprint or T-Mo, and don't lose coverage, then Fi works. The addition of USC has helped with coverage, but again, Fi refuses to use LTE coverage at times and gets stuck in 3G. The Fi help desk is awful. The issue with Fi/5x for Sprint took too long for Fi to admit there was an issue and it seems like the help desk is there to provide interference/access to the people that can fix issues. You get a different person when you try to get an update on an issue and have to explain everything over again. Look at the forums/problems on Fi before jumping on board. Some day it will work, but as of now, they're not there yet with software or support. The help desk last response was unless the carriers they use own the tower, they won't help you with issues even though the carrier shows coverage...

  2. Tony
    December 21, 2016 at 3:59 am

    I've been a Fi user for a year.. Maybe more. The few times I had to call support everything was handled quickly & professionally.
    As far as service goes... I get about the same as my wife on Verizon. This includes both rural & rural areas of coverage.
    Since getting on Fi my bill hasn't been over $40 & I couldn't be happier on this network. Also in the year I've been with Fi a few other people I know have jumped on the bandwagon. All have nothing but positives to say about the project.

  3. James Edwards
    December 21, 2016 at 12:00 am

    I got Project Fi with Pixel XL myself and found them to be very good. Many calls I have made were seamless both on the network and on Wi-Fi via Hangouts . Someone post that it was using data plan when making calls can always avoid that by turning it off and if needed turn your Wi-Fi so the assist can locate the public hotspot or your home Wi-Fi.

  4. Bonj
    December 20, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Tried for a few months. Really wanted to like it, but unfortunately where I live in rural Midwest service was very spotty even after US Cellular was added to the mix. And data prices actually had me paying about the same as my previous plan for less data usage. I finally moved back to Cricket and soon after they bumped their $45 plan to 8GB a month. I had Nexus 5x and although it would work on Cricket I went to Alcatel Idol 4. Although Android 6.x, better battery life than Nexus 5x.

  5. Chris
    December 20, 2016 at 3:44 am

    I was super stoked to tell AT&T to shove it. They are so damn expensive and their customer service is the absolute worst in the industry. Unfortunately after 3 months on Fi I realized their coverage wasn't gonna cut it. Texts not delivered or received, unable to make calls for 90-100 miles at a time. I don't care what the T-Mobile and Sprint coverage maps say in western Texas they suck. Might as well write a letter.

  6. Stefan Borys
    December 20, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Awful experience on a 6p. Cancelled after 3 months
    2mbs download at times, unable to connect, full lte bars and no data, phone constantly trying to do something even in strong tmo areas. Tech had no answer, so gave up. Fi would be OK, but they charge tax and fees and in MD that was another $8 on top of the 20.
    Funny thing though, it worked flawlessly when in the UK. Better than in the USA.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      That's interesting to hear, as I've had none of those problems on a Nexus 6P in Pennsylvania. The taxes and fees are present everywhere, unfortunately you can't get away from them!

  7. Paul
    December 19, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    We have Fi, it's great and simple. I use about 5 gigs a month and it's been great. Wife had a problem with her pixel charging and we had a replacement the next day. Customer service is tops! Pixel is more but solid experience!

    • Ben Stegner
      December 20, 2016 at 3:30 am

      I'm so glad to hear! Is Fi still a good value for you with increased data usage? I use about a GB per month, if that, and I'm really happy with the cost.

      I've never had to contact support, but it's great to hear your hardware issue was fixed so quickly!

    • Tim
      December 20, 2016 at 5:03 am

      If you use 5GB T-Mobile 30 dollar 5GB at 4G with 100min talk and unlimited text is way more economical.

  8. Xi M Ling
    December 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I just joined Project Fi this month and so far service is great in urban area, though could get spotty when I went to rural areas. Overall great though.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 20, 2016 at 3:29 am

      There are super rural areas near me that get zero coverage. Some of those improved when I went from Sprint to Fi, while some stayed the same. Usually, I have strong LTE or no signal at all. It's rare I see a 3G connection.

  9. Elle
    December 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I've only had one problem and that was with my phone, not Fi. When I called project Fi to get a replacement (it was under warranty) it was amazing! They said they would call me to resolve my issue within 3 minutes, it took 30 seconds at most, they were happy, polite, knew what they needed from me and where I could find it, as they were telling me they would send me a link to order my replacement and return labels for the old phone, I got them. While I was still on the phone with them! They shipped the new phone next day, checked if I had any problems getting anything, and were happy about being helpful! That alone is worth the switch! The coverage between the 3 carriers they work with has been seamless, call quality over cellular and wifi are great, no issues with data, and the bill for my husband and I, is less than 1/2 what just his old phone was. All around I'm so glad we made the switch.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      That's great! It's really appreciated when companies go out of their way to do the right thing and make you happy. Saving money AND not having to deal with poor service is a great package.

      • Remy Julienne
        December 20, 2016 at 3:12 am

        I changed to find when I bought my Google Pixel last month. The customer service is top notch but the service still needs some work. In my suburban area it keeps locking onto weak Sprint towers when the T Mobile towers offer better signal. I found a work around that forces the T Mobile connection but I wish the switching worked better. I am sure there are urban areas the Sprint connection would be better but I can't be bothered switching back and forth manually. Even better, wish they'd sign up for at&t towers and lose Sprint and T Mobile but I assume that would increase the costs. All and all, I am very happy with do, even with the bugs.

        • Ben Stegner
          December 20, 2016 at 3:28 am

          I had Sprint before Fi, and I've definitely noticed an improved signal in places where I previously had a poor connection. I sometimes get an "emergency calls notification" that I assume pops up when it gets stuck, but it's never affected me adversely.

          I agree that slightly more transparent switching between networks would be useful, but I haven't had major problems so far.

    • Patty a Sperry
      December 20, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Wow! I envy you. I've had 2 phones from fi. Both have stopped working within 3 weeks. The warranty mentioned above is actually 2 weeks. Starting the day they ship the phone. In fact, now I have a phone with no service because they don't seem to know how to hook it up! I am waiting for a person to get back to me. One person was going to call me back in 5 minutes. After 30 minutes, I called them back. That operator needed a supervisor's help with something or another and guess what? Yes, I'm still waiting for a call back. Over a month I've had this phone. Not a call made or received. They refuse to refund my money. They are forcing me to stay with them. And now I wonder if my phone will ever ring. STAY AWAY FROM PROJECT FIE!

  10. Al Lawrence
    December 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    The service e is good but the phones , (2) Nexus 5x, using Android 7.0, is absolutely the worst phones we have ever used. WiFi cuts out constantly causing us to use data.... Google does not seem to give a shit since there are thousands of comments on forums supporting this problem and Google goes SILENT. I


    • Ben Stegner
      December 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      We don't have any sway, believe me : /

      I've heard the 5X has more problems than the 6P with that sort of thing. That's a shame, and I hope they respond to the forum posters soon.

  11. Monica
    December 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    We switched to Fi last week. It was a smooth transition with instant access to customer service anytime we needed it. I contacted them via chat and phone and was impressed with how quick you was able to talk to someone. Our order was processed quickly and arrived as promised. Tracking our usage is easy and seems to update instantly. They have options for account control that are easy to find and use. I have nothing negative to say about Project Fi so far.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      I'm glad you've had a positive experience so far! I've never had any problems with Fi myself in almost a year of using it, and hope you continue to enjoy it, too.