Google’s wireless network, Google Fi, can now be activated on an iPhone via eSIM, as spotted by 9to5Google. meaning you’ll use a Google Fi number on your iPhone additionally to your telephone number that’s attached to the physical SIM card that sits within the SIM tray in your iPhone. It also means you’ll get a Google Fi number without having a SIM card mailed to you or having to shop for one at a mercantile establishment like Best Buy.
However, there are two caveats to the new feature. Google says that only new Google Fi users can activate via eSIM on iOS, and activation over eSIM is merely supported by iPhones with Dual SIM functionality: the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and 11 series of phones.
If you’re a replacement Google Fi customer and have a supported iPhone, Google features a support page with instructions about the way to activate your Google Fi via eSIM. You’ll get to check in for Google Fi on the Google Fi website, opt in to “Quick setup” on the web site, and download the Google Fi iOS app to be ready to activate over eSIM. Once you’ve got everything found out, visit http://fi.google.com/ios/quicksetup on a tool that’s not your iPhone, like your laptop, then check in to your account and follow the instructions.
Google offers two sorts of plans for Google Fi: a versatile plan, which features a lower base monthly rate for unlimited calls and texts but requires you to pay a further $10 for each gigabyte of knowledge you employ per month, and a vast plain, which features a costlier but consistent monthly fee that allows you to use unlimited data (with some caveats) additionally to unlimited calls and texts.
However, Google Fi for iOS is in beta, meaning that the wireless service doesn’t have all of an equivalent features because it does on Android phones that are designed for the service, like the Pixel 4. You’ll need to tweak your iPhone’s settings to be ready to send texts to phones that aren’t iPhones, for instance, and you won’t be ready to use Google Fi’s VPN.