Pinephone with Google Fi SIM
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I just got my Pinephone and super psyched to start messing around with it.  Has anyone tried a Google Fi data-only SIM?  I was thinking of getting a free pay as you go one.
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(09-05-2020, 09:17 AM)riotsu Wrote: I just got my Pinephone and super psyched to start messing around with it.  Has anyone tried a Google Fi data-only SIM?  I was thinking of getting a free pay as you go one.
Yes, works well
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(09-05-2020, 03:27 PM)rocket2nfinity Wrote:
(09-05-2020, 09:17 AM)riotsu Wrote: I just got my Pinephone and super psyched to start messing around with it.  Has anyone tried a Google Fi data-only SIM?  I was thinking of getting a free pay as you go one.
Yes, works well

Was there any special steps to setting it up? The instructions that come with the Fi sim card say use the Fi app to finish setup.
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(11-15-2020, 12:18 PM)zdunn Wrote:
(09-05-2020, 03:27 PM)rocket2nfinity Wrote:
(09-05-2020, 09:17 AM)riotsu Wrote: I just got my Pinephone and super psyched to start messing around with it.  Has anyone tried a Google Fi data-only SIM?  I was thinking of getting a free pay as you go one.
Yes, works well

Was there any special steps to setting it up? The instructions that come with the Fi sim card say use the Fi app to finish setup.
No, Just activate the card on the Google Fi website and insert. No Fi app needed. But this assumes you already have a Fi account. Should be the same process if you are using a full phone service sim on a new account. The full sim works with the same problems everyone is having with t-mobile service - i.e. calls work or don't depending on which OS you're using, sms receives ok, some trouble sending depending on OS again.
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The OP mentioned a google fi  "data only sim" ..  I currently have a couple pixel phones for my wife and i..   on google Fi..   so we have the sim cards that relate to google fi's network that bounce from  tmobile/sprint/us cell  networks.   Will that sim card provide us with the ability to text/mms/call and have data with the Pinephone?
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(01-03-2021, 08:50 AM)jrun4 Wrote: The OP mentioned a google fi  "data only sim" ..  I currently have a couple pixel phones for my wife and i..   on google Fi..   so we have the sim cards that relate to google fi's network that bounce from  tmobile/sprint/us cell  networks.   Will that sim card provide us with the ability to text/mms/call and have data with the Pinephone?
Yes. But, you will only get T-mobile service, no sprint, no US Cellular.  However, on latest Manjaro Phosh and Mobian calls, sms text, and data work. MMS is still a work in progress.
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(01-03-2021, 01:25 PM)rocket2nfinity Wrote:
(01-03-2021, 08:50 AM)jrun4 Wrote: The OP mentioned a google fi  "data only sim" ..  I currently have a couple pixel phones for my wife and i..   on google Fi..   so we have the sim cards that relate to google fi's network that bounce from  tmobile/sprint/us cell  networks.   Will that sim card provide us with the ability to text/mms/call and have data with the Pinephone?
Yes. But, you will only get T-mobile service, no sprint, no US Cellular.  However, on latest Manjaro Phosh and Mobian calls, sms text, and data work. MMS is still a work in progress.


Today I have in the top right "Google Fi" but cannot make calls,
How do I activate the service?
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(05-01-2021, 03:27 PM)Bonesdog Wrote:
(01-03-2021, 01:25 PM)rocket2nfinity Wrote:
(01-03-2021, 08:50 AM)jrun4 Wrote: The OP mentioned a google fi  "data only sim" ..  I currently have a couple pixel phones for my wife and i..   on google Fi..   so we have the sim cards that relate to google fi's network that bounce from  tmobile/sprint/us cell  networks.   Will that sim card provide us with the ability to text/mms/call and have data with the Pinephone?
Yes. But, you will only get T-mobile service, no sprint, no US Cellular.  However, on latest Manjaro Phosh and Mobian calls, sms text, and data work. MMS is still a work in progress.


Today I have in the top right "Google Fi" but cannot make calls,
How do I activate the service?

So, the way I did it, was to have a phone with the fi app activate it, and just swap the sim to the pinephone. but have not been successful to activate the sim without that app. I even called in and they all say to use the app.
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