Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Project Fi now supports 170 countries for worldwide travel

Project Fi now supports 170 countries for worldwide travel

In each of the cases, free roaming is covered while you're visiting.

Google's telecommunications service Project Fi just sweetened the deal for worldwide travelers.

New countries have been added to Project Fi's supported list, bringing the total number of supported countries to 170. Starting today, you can enjoy text and data coverage in 37 more countries than you could yesterday, bringing Project Fi's total coverage to 170 countries and territories.

If you're set to travel and want to know if your destination is covered by Fi, the answer is most likely yes. Google's recent changes to data billing, which includes capping your monthly data charges at $60 but letting you continue to use data after that, also apply to worldwide data usage, which is a nice little bonus.

Of course, that's not to say that there's zero risk of runaway charges while using Project Fi overseas. The notifications will be on by default, but can be turned off if you wish in account settings. Google also revealed today that it will begin using your global bookings from Gmail to prepare and send reminder notifications to your phone a few days before you leave.

In order to help Fi customers prior to a trip, Google will proactively send an alert to the user through the Project Fi app, letting the user know if the country is covered, and what the going rate is for voice calls. The Fi app will plug into Gmail to look for travel reservations.

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