Best Phone for International Calls, Texts, and Data – Part 3: How to Activate

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Best Phone for International Calls, Texts, and Data – Part 3: How to Activate

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Many folks want to stay connected to family and friends while traveling.  I discovered an affordable new option to make it even easier!

So I thought I’d share my experience using Google’s Project Fi.  It’s one of the cheapest ways to get data for internet access, send and receive unlimited text messages, and make phone calls in 135+ countries.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
I Switched to Google’s Project Fi for an Easy and Affordable Way to Stay Connected to Family & Friends

I’ll explain how easy it is to activate service!

Project Fi Index:

Activate Project Fi Service

Link:   Project Fi

It’s always fun to get a new gadget.  Especially one that will save me money on my monthly phone bill!

To use Project Fi, I decided on the Nexus 5X with the higher memory option.  And this phone has an Android operating system.  So you’d be able to use it with the RadPad app to meet minimum spending!

After ordering online, it only took a few days for the package to arrive via FedEx.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
I’m Always Excited to Get a New Gadget in the Mail!

The package included the phone box and a sheet with information for Project Fi activation support.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
The Nexus 5X Package and a Card With Project Fi Support Information

Inside the phone box is the phone, wall charger, USB cable, and SIM card.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
The Phone Comes With a Wall Charger, USB Cable, and SIM Card

Given the phone works internationally, it would be nice if the phone came with a charger that is compatible in different countries.

Next, I inserted the SIM card to prepare for activation.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
Almost Ready for Activation!

Activating the phone was very easy!

I followed the on-screen prompts, which required me to:

  • Log-in to my Google account
  • Install a phone update
  • Activate the phone number I transferred from my previous carrier
Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
I’m Ready to Make Calls, Text, and Get Internet Access in 135+ Countries!

Because there are no physical Google stores, you’ll need to call or go online if you need assistance with your activation.

Best Phone For International Calls Texts And Data Part 3 How To Activate
Support for Project Fi Is Available on the Web or by Phone

Bottom Line

Activating my new Nexus 5X on Project Fi was a breeze.  So far, I’m amazed at how fast the Android operating system is compared to my old iPhone.

Plus, the speed and service in Austin has been great.

I’d definitely recommend using Google’s Project Fi.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it works on my next trip outside of the country!

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I just traveled to 30+ countries, many thanks to this blog, and used Project Fi without any issues even in China. It has coverage in Singapore but was really bad. China was slow but not enough for me to get a sim card. Other than that no issues whatsoever!

That’s great! I bought one, it worked for about two weeks and done. I was given a “refurbished ” phone. I worked many hours to pay for my newest generation phone and feel insulted by everyone involved. Thanks for letting me vent.

I’ve used the same Nexus 5X in Japan and Mexico… Data worked great, GPS was awesome when looking for sites, and my few limited voice calls worked fine. The calls were charged by the minute, but I knew that before I answered and dialed. I spent less in Japan than with ATT in America. Love Project fi

@Regina – Great to hear!

@Kenny – Thanks for sharing! I love how affordable it is as well!

I recently switched from to Project Fi after updating phone to Nexus 6P. My wife has I Phone 6 which

we moved to pay as you go Verizon. We are house Sitters and have been in N. California, Canada and are currently in England in last 4 months. Project Fi has been just super. Our Total bill is running less than half our old Verizon bill with no change in use habits. I am very pleased.

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