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    Fi now has a third carrier!

    They've just added US Cellular

    https://android.googleblog.com/2016/...e-with-us.html

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    Awesome! That'll really give them a boost in coverage here in Northern California, and in Oregon and Washington as well, NorCal, OR and WA make up USCC's Northwest Market. It'll definitely help in many Midwestern and eastern areas too.

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    This is a great addition for Fi, should really help for those traveling, since US Cellular has coverage in several areas where T-Mobile and Sprint are weak.

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    I got an email from Google about this change today. The Fi map still shows the current coverage, so I'm interested to see how this will work out since I'm not in a U.S. Cellular market. I'm glad to see Google doing something to show they will make their coverage stronger for customers. The only thing I wish for now is better pricing for data. Outside of that, I've been happy with Fi and how things have been lately.

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    Good news for Maine and NH as well

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    I'm in Northwest Iowa and am really excited to hear this--completely by coincidence I have a Nexus 6 coming tomorrow that I bought off swappa. Currently on the Cricket $35 plan but usually use less than 300mB of data so I think my bill would probably drop by about $10 using this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Wireless View Post
    I got an email from Google about this change today. The Fi map still shows the current coverage, so I'm interested to see how this will work out since I'm not in a U.S. Cellular market. I'm glad to see Google doing something to show they will make their coverage stronger for customers. The only thing I wish for now is better pricing for data. Outside of that, I've been happy with Fi and how things have been lately.
    This article on The Verge has a map with a slider, that goes between US Cellular and Fi's coverage maps. If you look at the dark green (US Cellular LTE) and light (mint) green (3G US Cellular) areas, it gives you a good idea of where it will add coverage. The bluish colored areas are roaming, so it won't change Fi's coverage.

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    The change is supposed to roll out over time: how do you tell when it rolls out in your area?

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    The addition of US Cellular is huge for Google Fi customers in the central US. The service is already great using mainly T-Mobile's system in this part of the country as Sprint focuses only on Interstate highways and metro areas while T-Mobile has been upgrading their small and mid-size cities and towns and rural areas to LTE. This will only make it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgrobe View Post
    The change is supposed to roll out over time: how do you tell when it rolls out in your area?
    Fi's maps already show some interesting coverage in places like Valentine, NE, where neither Sprint nor T-Mobile provide native service. Either, they're already showing the USCC coverage or they've been using Viaero all along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogelijk View Post
    This article on The Verge has a map with a slider, that goes between US Cellular and Fi's coverage maps. If you look at the dark green (US Cellular LTE) and light (mint) green (3G US Cellular) areas, it gives you a good idea of where it will add coverage. The bluish colored areas are roaming, so it won't change Fi's coverage.
    Thanks for the link. For now, it won't change my service too much, but will help me out if I drive back to Texas later this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gweeper View Post
    Good news for Maine and NH as well
    I am looking forward to it. Saves me from carrying an extra phone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgrobe View Post
    The change is supposed to roll out over time: how do you tell when it rolls out in your area?
    You will see an update to the Fi app and probably some service update when you open the app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggore View Post
    The addition of US Cellular is huge for Google Fi customers in the central US.
    Also, Northern California, Oregon and Washington, all three areas make up USCC's Northwest Market. USCC remains the coverage leader in these areas, my market of RSA 344 being one, though Verizon is close behind, followed by AT&T, and T-Mobile is starting to come on strong in some places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilvla2 View Post
    Also, Northern California, Oregon and Washington, all three areas make up USCC's Northwest Market. USCC remains the coverage leader in these areas, my market of RSA 344 being one, though Verizon is close behind, followed by AT&T, and T-Mobile is starting to come on strong in some places.
    Mostly Northern CA, Southern and Eastern OR, and Southern WA. It's a great fit with the current Fi coverage as these are mostly less populated areas not well covered by T-Mobile and Sprint.
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