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Waiting on Your Project Fi Invite? You May be Waiting Until Mid-Summer

If you were one of the first to send a request for an invitation to Project Fi, Google’s MVNO wireless service, and still have yet to be approved, your wait may be a tad bit longer than you had initially hoped.

In an update email sent out to everyone who wants to be a part of Project Fi, Google states that they have received a high number of requests, but need to assure folks will be met with a positive experience. Due to Google’s high standards, it may not be until “mid-summer” that everyone receives an invite. 

Google also states that in the coming weeks, folks will be able to check the status of their invite, hopefully leading to less people checking their spam folders everyday to see if their invite somehow didn’t hit their inbox.

Below, you can view the email which is seeding out to those who requested an invite to Project Fi.

Are you one of the lucky ones to receive a SIM? How are you liking Project Fi?

Hello!

Thanks for requesting an invite to Project Fi. We’re really excited that you’re interested in trying our service! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been happy to bring the first customers onto Project Fi and the initial feedback has been very positive.

We’re sending invites as quickly as we can, while ensuring a high-quality experience. Given the number of requests we’ve received, we currently estimate that it will take until mid-summer to get to everyone.

In the coming weeks we’ll have a way for you to check the status of your invite – stay tuned for more information.

Thanks again for your interest in Project Fi. We’ll get you an invite as soon as we can!

–The Project Fi team

  • Chris VanAnden

    I’m a little surprised I haven’t seen a new post about this, but it seems like more Fi invites went out. I got one myself, sometime last week along with a couple of friends. I’m not sure how many are going out, but they’re rolling. Also, I’m getting a “welcome kit”. I’ve seen some info about these welcome kits on other sources but it seemed like only people that ordered the N6 during the purchase were getting it. I did NOT order an n6 during purchase. When I checked out, I had a free welcome kit in the cart. I also checked tracking and it shows I have a package that is 2lbs, which is certainly heavy for a sim card and literature. I’m supposed to get it tomorrow 6/16…so we’ll see…

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    I wonder if anyone in here realizes there’s an additional $20 monthly fee regardless of how much data you use? This stopped me from completing the sign up. It’s $30 a month for 2GB of data. IF you use 0GB, you still pay $20 per month.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Got my invite, but I don’t want to buy a Nexus 6, they are expensive. Any workarounds?

    • dk

      Yet another….

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Fack you too. Your fault for taking too long to sign up.

  • Armyof2

    I’m getting out of these comments…the douchecanoes that signed up for invites without ever intending to use it or paying attention to the requirements are pretty much the reason this isn’t going smoother. I’m utterly convinced of it and I hate all of you

  • CHRIS42060

    Reading these comments it looks like entirely too many people requested an invite without a Nexus 6 and no intentions of getting one.

    • Armyof2

      Yup. Typical issue where people lack basic reading comprehension or are just selfish assholes that said “well maybe I’ll give it a shot” or “maybe I’ll get the required hardware” and then decided to be a bag of dicks and didn’t.

  • Tristan Morris

    I received my invite, but I got nervous about signing up when they told me activating my N6 on Fi could make it permanently unusable on other networks. If I started Fi and didn’t like it, I might not be able to go back to VZW and that’s a little scary.

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      Holy crap! Why would Google do that to us who bought a unlocked phone to use on any network of our choice? That’s crazy scary!

  • BeerOnTap

    I am a Verizon user. If I just want to experiment and try out Project fi, once I get my invite, can I just swap the SIM and give it a go, and then swap back to Verizon? Or will there be more to it than that?

  • HotRodJohnson

    How many Nexus 6s are out there?

  • tomn1ce

    I thought of signing up but since I don’t have a Nexus 6 and I’m not planning on getting I didn’t. I see a number of people signed up without having a Nexus 6 and I’m sure are not planning on buying one. Taking away the chance for those who are interested and ready to take Project Fi for a test ride.

  • CHRIS42060

    I am thinking this is related to the wifi calling implementation issues they are having with the Nexus 6. I wasn’t expecting an invite until they update to enable wifi calling anyway.

  • Jordan Barhorst

    Why does it seem like everyone that actually gets an invitation isn’t interested in the service? Why sign up for something with limited invites if A) you know you’re not going to use it, and B) you know others are actually interested in it?

    • Suicide_Note

      Because people like to be dicks to other people.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Oh I’m VERY interested, but they have an unreasonable expectation for us to buy a new Nexus 6, or have one already.

      • Ethan

        Then don’t sign up… Simple?

    • ki11ak3nn

      I signed up to see if service would be better than just T-Mobile alone. Doubt I’ll see a invite though. So doesn’t matter. Also don’t have a Nexus 6. But I’m in need of an upgrade. Waiting for that G4 to come out.

  • CoolSilver

    I rebooted my phone and it wanted to activate. Couple hours later got the NOPE you have to wait email. Granted I put an invite in for more than one acct since I realized I didn’t want to screw up Google Voice just to test the service.

  • zzz525

    I must be lucky then, just got my invite this week and my sim card will be ariving today! 🙂

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      Please tell us how it goes after using for a week or two?

  • jerflash

    i have my actual invite but no nexus 6 to try it out on…anyone want to send one my way? lol

    • CHRIS42060

      Then why request an invite?

      • jerflash

        Thought i might pickup a used Nexus 6 for cheap to test it out…which i still will probably do then sell it after testing

  • thedonxr

    I got mine 🙂 now can I drop unlimited data?

    • Keith

      I put in for an invite but I’m not leaving Verizon till they rip away my unlimited. And even then I’ll probably jump to an AT&T MVNO till Fi uses more than just Tmo/Sprint… or when Tmo/Sprint coverage is comparable to Verizon/AT&T (yyyeeeaahhhhh).

  • Brock Dawkins

    Too many idiots requesting invites without a n6.

    • dk

      I keep seeing people posting that they have received an invite but either aren’t sure they’ll use it or flat out say they won’t use it. Getting kind of frustrating.

      • Brock Dawkins

        Ya, it is. Especially when I was kind of depending on getting it when this billing cycle ends.

        • Adrynalyne

          Never gamble on a Google invite like that.

          • Brock Dawkins

            lol, so true. guess i was lucky enough to get my gmail and inbox invites early i just figured i would get this early too.

    • Brandon Froehlich

      They should make it available to more than just Nexus 6 as well. Moto G with Fi?!

      • Cael

        Moto G was not designed with Fi in mind.

      • Suicide_Note

        Maybe in the future? I think it depends on the hardware/antennas built into the phone.

      • Armyof2

        Maybe you should understand that they are beta testing on known hardware….thanks for playing though

        • Brandon Froehlich

          I totally understand that, but thanks for clarifying that for me. I just want to be able to use it on a phone I actually want to use. Nexus 6 is simply too large for me, personally.

    • WAldenIV

      We need to show Google the level of interest so they can ensure capacity.

    • Adrynalyne

      The jealousy is strong in this one.

      • Brock Dawkins

        Not jealous, just don’t understand why people would request an invite KNOWING you had to have a n6 to use fi.

        • Adrynalyne

          Pretty simple. If they get it, they buy a Nexus 6.

          • Brock Dawkins

            Except they don’t. As stated in many comments.

          • ki11ak3nn

            I would buy a Nexus 6 just to try out Fi, and if I end up using too much data (since I’m averaging between 15-20 GB/mo), I’ll just take the Nexus 6 back to T-Mobile.

    • mcdonsco

      I have an N6 (well, still physically at my home; shipping out later today).

      Its called I believe; shlts and giggles…

  • droidrazredge

    So what they’re really saying is wait until we release the Nexus 5 (2015) during Google I/O and we’ll send out more invites since not that many people have enough Nexus 6’s for us to really test the Fi Network extensively.

    • Suicide_Note
      • AngryBadger

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    • capecodcarl

      I hope you mean the Nexus 7 (2015) with full phone capabilities. The ultimate 7″ phablet. How sweet would it be to have the biggest smartphone ever created as a Nexus device?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Doesn’t sound sweet at all

      • mcdonsco

        I think they already did that with the N6; its HUGE.

        • ki11ak3nn

          Yup. Totally agree.

    • Adrynalyne

      They aren’t going to announce a Nexus.

      • droidrazredge

        I know they don’t normally release a Nexus until the fall, but seeing as how the Nexus 6 is hemorrhaging money from Google due to not selling that well, don’t you think Google will do something to change that and try to make Google Fi more enticing to people ? I think by releasing a more appealing phone that people would like to buy would be a smart thing for them. They secretly showed the Nexus 2015 during the promo and launch video for Project Fi as it was some unknown device and not the Nexus 6. I was just assuming that if they keep it with the Nexus 6 it wont due that well because of all the people that are not really into the device due to its size. This starts making since especially with the rumors of Google making two Nexus devices this year. I’m thinking one still gets released in the fall like last year and one gets released during the summer.

        • Suicide_Note

          Dude, Google could hemmorhage N6 money for the next decade and it would be a drop in their financial ocean. They’re not hurting in the least because the N6 didnt sell as well as the N5.

          Also they didn’t show any mystery device in the promo vids. There were only the N5, N6, and N7.

          • droidrazredge

            Just because a company makes an abundant amount of revenues doesn’t mean they don’t take losses with a grain of salt. They’ve mentioned numerous times their Nexus line has seen a decrease in sales. Now by itself that wouldn’t seem like a big deal to a company like Google but since Project Fi ‘requires’ a Nexus 6 for the moment and the fact that they’ve spent a lot of money to Sprint and T-mobile to lease their towers, which we can assume are not cheap in the least, for their Fi Network the money invest they’ve spent and trying to recuperate starts adding up. At the current moment, as you can read from comments here and other post, that many people, unlike me and you who happily love our Nexus 6, have a distaste for the Nexus 6. For some that involves the premium price of the Nexus 6, for others it’s the size of the Nexus 6, for others it’s the competition out there. My comment was more for Google to strategically find a way for them to make Project Fi more appealing than it is in its current state. I see Google has a few options: Either release a phone earlier than planned and market it to people that were so captivated by what the Nexus 5 sell like hotcakes, Market the Nexus 6 more and perhaps make a subsidized deal if you sign up for Project Fi, wait till fall to make Project Fi more available for their annual Nexus release, or change the current ideology of Project Fi to make it more worth it to purchase a Nexus 6. In its current shape and form if Google wants Project Fi to be successful they’re going to need to change something or they’re not going to make any returns on invest until November.

        • Adrynalyne

          It isn’t hemorrhaging money lol. It just isn’t selling ad many as prior years and is likely more to do with price.

          So sales down but more profit per sale.

          • droidrazredge

            Yeah lol sorry hemorrhaging wasn’t the right word to use in this sense. You’re correct in what you say that sales just are down a little compared to previous years. I just think they’re going to not make this years Nexus as premium or find ways to cut down the cost. I’m just wondering what they are going to do to make Project Fi more appealing. I was just throwing out suggestions since Google knows the Nexus 6’s are not selling and currently are the only phone that can utilize Project Fi. What are some of your thoughts ?

          • ki11ak3nn

            Honestly I would pay $600 for a $600 Nexus 5. It’s not really about price for me, since I could save money for like 2 months then buy the phone, I want the specs and build quality to reflect a $600 Nexus 5. Better camera, better battery, all that good stuff. Also making it the same size as the old Nexus 5 would be awesome too. The main problem for me using Project Fi is I need to use less data. Since Google doesn’t have an unlimited option I’ll have to cut down dramatically on my data usage or Fi wouldn’t be very beneficial for me.

    • ki11ak3nn

      I’ve only seen 1 Nexus 6 out in the wild. I work in Seattle. Lots of OnePlus One’s and Nexus 5’s though. Nexus 5 was a beast of a phone. If the 2015 Nexus 5 turns out to be a beast too I’ll be buying one for sure.

  • Eric Long

    I was excited when I saw the Fi email pop up, but was disappointed when it was telling me I had to wait longer…

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  • Marco

    I’m one of the lucky ones

  • mcdonsco

    Got one a while back, didn’t use it (must have expired?)…got the said email today as well.

    $10/GB is WAY too much…

    • Ryan N

      Once they support tablets I think it would be a good data plan for LTE devices.

      • mcdonsco

        Mobile hotspot…never can understand why people still buy separate plans for their tablets/laptops these days?

        • Ryan N

          I have hotspot on my nexus 6, but it’s nice to use a tablet without draining the battery on my phone simultaneously.

    • Keith

      I think you’re overlooking the fact that you only pay for the data you use. You have an off-month on Fi, you don’t pay. Anywhere else you’ll pay regardless of your usage. For a majority of users this could be a good thing. The only people I can envision not really benefiting are those still on a legacy unlimited plan.

      Also, Tmo and Sprint networks, which are blah unless you’re in the city.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        There’s still the $20 account fee you have to pay every month, even if you use 0GB of data. So you end up paying $40 a month for 20GB.

        • Keith

          Same could be said for Verizon. I was speaking specifically about data charges. Also, will big red pay you back for unused data? Nope.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Big Red gives you amazing coverage, Fi will not.

          • Keith

            So we’re talking coverage now? Which is it? I was speaking to the data charges, as previously stated.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            You’re the one that started talking about Big Red, so I brought yet another variable to the table.

          • Keith

            “…brought yet another variable to the table…”

            …you’re kidding me, right?

            Does Verizon not charge service fees? Their $30/2GB plan is all inclusive? Access, voice, text, and data?

            Oh right, that fee is for data alone, something you neglected to mention when bringing up Fi’s $20 service fee.

    • There needs to be some sort of scaling. Such as $10/GB for the first 5GB, then $5 for every additional GB. This plan is fantastic for people who use a few GB’s or less, but if you use 6GB+, it would be cheaper to get a T-Mobile unlimited plan.

    • AT&T charges $15/gb

    • BeerOnTap

      Verizon gives you a measly 2GB for $30. How is $10 per GB “WAY too much”?

      • Keith

        Also… use a gig on Fi, pay $10. Use a gig on Verizon, still pay $30.

        • CHRIS42060

          Also buy 2GB on Fi for $20, but only use 1.5GB you get $5 back. Buy 2GB on Verizon for $30, but only use 1.5GB and you get $0 back.

  • Yep. I got one of those e-mails (letter) tonight.

    • erikiksaz

      Same. Got the invite today, but I don’t have a Nexus 6!

      • Marco

        Why you sign up for? You should order the nexus 6 in payments

        • WAldenIV

          Hoping for a good sale or price discount. In fact, I’d prefer a new Nexus 5 or am announcement that the N5 will work on Fi.

          • Armyof2

            So…what you’re saying is you can’t read?

          • WAldenIV

            Proud graduate of the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. Your point?

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