Project Fi, Google’s carrier service, is a great idea currently stymied by a limited rollout. Only owners of Nexus 5X, 6, and 6P devices can test drive what it’s like to have Google as a carrier, for good or bad. Google’s now loosening that tight gadget grip a teeny bit and letting in data-only tablets free of charge, you just have to pay for data like always.
As you’d expect, the Nexus 7 and 9 can take advantage of Project Fi’s new offering along with the Galaxy Tab S. A little less expected is Apple’s iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. Keep in mind that you’ll need to already have a Project Fi account, but if you have a Nexus, you’ll be able to order a data-only chip with a compatible tablet (though you’ll need a SIM adapter for the Nexus 7 and Tab S).
But where Google really continues to circumvent traditional carriers is that it won’t be charging a monthly“device fee” for connecting a tablet to your account. Instead, you just pay for the normal $10 for 1GB of data per month. You’ll just have two devices capable of sipping away on your data plan. As Android Police notes, Google may not even be charging customers for the extra SIM. We’ve reached out to Google to verify if that’s true.
According to this help forum page, the option for data-only SIMs should rollout to customers “in the next couple of days.”