Google says Project Fi wireless network now slabable

LTE data-only option opens doors for iOS and Galaxy Tab S

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Google has extended its Fi wireless service to support LTE-equipped tablets.

The Mountain View ads giant said the latest update for Fi will bring support for data-only LTE plans.

Users can purchase the LTE data SIM for their tablets and access Google's Project Fi mobile network at a flat rate of $10 per GB billed monthly.

"With this update, you can access cellular connection from tablets and other connected devices while on the go," said Project Fi senior product manager Laura Holmes.

"Once you've ordered and received a data-only SIM, just pop it into a compatible device, follow the instructions, and voila: instant wireless connectivity."

Google launched Fi earlier this year as a partnered project with US carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. The service allows users to make calls, SMS messages, and data connections at a flat rate of $20 per month and $10/GB.

The addition of the data-only SIMs will not only give users the option to use their LTE-equipped tablets with the Fi service, but will also more than double the ranks of supported devices for Project Fi.

While the only phones supported by Fi are the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6, the data-only SIMs will officially work with the Nexus 7, Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and Galaxy Tab S. Google noted that other devices could also possibly work with the SIMs, provided they are unlocked and GSM-equipped. Some additional handsets could also use the data-only SIM, though they would be unable to access any calling or SMS services.

Users will, of course, need to be within the Project Fi coverage area. ®

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