Google's MVNO carrier, Project Fi, can save you a ton of money in the right circumstances, but it's always had a limited selection of supported phones. Because the service uses Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular towers as its backbone, you could only use Project Fi with a Pixel, Nexus, or the Android One Moto X4 until now.
That's finally changing. Project Fi will soon offer three new phones: The Moto G6, LG G7 ThinQ, and LG V35 ThinQ. The LG models are top-of-the-line flagships, while the Motorola is a budget phone with decent specs and a wallet-friendly price tag.
The Moto G6 will be offered at a discounted rate for Project Fi customers — only $199, as opposed to its regular price of $249. The LG G7 ThinQ will run you $749, while the V35 ThinQ will cost $899 for Project Fi customers.
We've reached out to Google to see if their usual 24-month interest-free financing will be available for these models, and indeed they are. With financing, the Moto G6 would cost roughly $8.29/month, while the G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ would cost $31.21/month and $37.45/month, respectively.
The Moto G6 is available to preorder through Project Fi right now, but the LG phones haven't been released just yet. You can sign up to be notified when the G7 ThinQ becomes available here, or the V35 ThinQ here.
It appears these particular phones were selected because of their network support. The Moto G6 works with all of T-Mobile and Sprint's LTE bands with the exception of T-Mobile's new Band 71 LTE. The G7 ThinQ supports all bands (including 71), so we expect the other LG model to support them all as well.
Speaking of support, these will be the first three Project Fi phones that won't get updates directly from Google. We were able to confirm this with Google, who made it clear that updates for these new models will be handled by the phones' manufacturers.
These new additions bring Project Fi's hardware lineup to a respectable six devices: Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Android One Moto X4, Moto G6, LG G7 ThinQ, and LG V30 ThinQ. It's not quite AT&T or Verizon's lineup, but it's a balanced selection of flagships and midrange phones, and it's a huge step in the right direction for Google's burgeoning carrier service.