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Jim's Google Phone & provider
December 5, 2022
8:40 pm
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Linda Hoffman
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I currently have Verizon & a Samsung S20fe 5g UW. I’ve had a variety of Samsung phones for years since I gave up my old Motorola flip phone (yeh that long ago).  I know Jim has a Google Pixel phone. Which model & why that one? Also what is the service he uses? I don’t know the difference between Google Fios & Fi? For you all, having more than 1 provider & phone type is kind of a required thing for your teaching, But for me as an individual user, I’m questioning who I use as my provider, decreasing my ongoing monthly costs, what services I require & what phone I want to have. And whether to bundle a home internet device too. I currently have T-mobile home internet for $50/month. But can get a better monthly deal if I bundle it with a phone/service which is why I’m considering changing at all since my current phone is really OK. Thanks for any insight.

December 6, 2022
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Linda,

I have the new Pixel 7 Pro with 256GB memory. It was time to replace my old Pixel 4XL. I feel the need to get the best Google Phone out there so Chris has access to teach it. 

If you are happy with your current phone, there is really no compelling reason to upgrade. You can change plans and keep your old phone in most cases.

My old Pixel really needed a battery and the new Pixel camera and new features were very compelling.

If I were looking for a more cost-effective Google phone, it would be the Pixel 6a. 

Chris has a Samsung S21 Ultra on a Verizon plan. Her Apple phone is a lower-priced iPhone SE on my Fi plan. 

Google Fi is my provider and has been since they were Project Fi, for several years now. The service has been very good for me, especially the international data connectivity.

Here is a link for a discount at Google Fi: https://g.co/fi/r/VYM26F. They have many flexible plans and specials on phones, just like every carrier.

Google FIOS is a hard-wired connection for data and phones. Much like cable but much faster and better. Google FIOS is not offered where we live but we have a pretty good fiber connection for TV and data. We pay a lot for our home and mobile cellular data. Most people don’t need so much.

You are already using cellular data for your home Internet connection with T-Mobile. Using Fi or choosing another provider or bundle may save you money. Your connection speeds will probably remain about the same unless you opt for a FIOS plan.

Hope that helps.

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