1. Nathan Conley's Avatar
    The Essential Phone PH-1 is now certified for the MVNO Google FI (formerly known as Project FI), although full network switching is not guaranteed. What is, is access to at a minimum T-mobile's network, and add'l international options and perks by Google.

    It personally doesn't work for me as far as pricing goes, but if you are a light data user, it may be worth checking into.
    11-28-2018 02:51 PM
  2. jre72's Avatar
    If it's on the T-mobile network, prepare for the same issues this phone has had with that network in general. Take that into consideration as well.
    11-29-2018 03:32 PM
  3. mogelijk's Avatar
    If it's on the T-mobile network, prepare for the same issues this phone has had with that network in general. Take that into consideration as well.
    Actually, Fi seems like the perfect solution for this -- at least so long as you can get the phone to switch to Sprint. After all, if you're having issues with T-Mobile, Fi is designed to latch onto the stronger signal, so it should switch over to either Sprint or US Cellular. Additionally, there are ways to "force" the phone to change networks; including apps (such as Signal Spy) that make it easy for you to manually switch between networks.
    12-03-2018 10:02 AM
  4. jre72's Avatar
    Was there confirmation that the network switching was working on Essential?
    12-04-2018 08:47 AM
  5. canawler's Avatar
    The FI website says the PH-1 is "tested and certified" to work with FI but won't have the network switching.
    12-06-2018 09:52 AM

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