Posted by Chuck on November 28, 2018
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[DEAD] [Today Only] Google Fi: Get a Full Gift Card Rebate on Phone Purchase (up to $999), or get a $200 Fi Credit for Signing up with your Own Phone

2/20/19: Gift card emails being sent out now to some.

10/28/18 (10:23pm ET): The travel gift card offer is now DEAD. The $200 BYOD offer is still alive. More details in this follow-up post.

The Offer

Direct Link to offer | Terms

Google Fi announced that iPhone and most Android phones will soon be compatible with Fi, opening it up for a lot more people.

They are also running two separate promotions now:

  • Purchase any available phone (6 different options available from Pixel, LG, Moto) and get a gift card for the full amount of the purchase (minus taxes), e.g. if you buy a $999 phone, you’ll get a $999 gift card. The gift card will come in around 3 months. The following gift card options are available: Airbnb, Delta Air Lines, Hotels.com, and Southwest Airlines.
  • Bring your own device to Google Fi (compatible phones) and get a $200 Fi service credit.

The Fine Print

Travel on Fi with Any Device Purchase Promotion Terms

  • Limited time offer applies to any qualifying device purchased from fi.google.com from 11/28/18 12:00 AM PT through 11/28/18 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last. When you purchase a qualifying device on fi.google.com, you can redeem a travel gift card in the amount you paid for the device, excluding taxes (details below).
  • To qualify for this promotion, a device must be activated within 15 days of device shipment and remain active for 60 consecutive days within 75 days of device shipment. The device must be activated within the same group plan that was used to purchase the device. Activation must be for full service (i.e., activation does not apply to a data-only SIM).
  • This offer is available for new Google Fi customers as of 11/28/18 12:00 AM PT and existing, active Google Fi customers. If the customer is new to Google Fi, the customer must transfer (port-in) their current personal number over to Google Fi during sign up. The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the customer since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.
  • After the terms have been satisfied, the customer will receive an email from Google Fi (around 75 – 90 days after device activation) with instructions on how to obtain a gift card from Tango subject to Tango’s terms and conditions.
  • The user can redeem gift card amounts with select travel partners:Airbnb, Delta Air Lines, Hotels.com, and Southwest Airlines. Gift cards may also be subject to the terms of the travel partners.
  • If Fi service is paused for more than 7 days or cancelled within 120 days of activation, the value of the gift card will be charged to your Google Payments account to match the purchased price of the device. Limit one per person. This offer is only available for U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and requires Google Payments and Google Fi accounts. Unless otherwise stated, this offer cannot be combined with other offers. Offer and gift card redemption are not transferable, and are not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Void where prohibited.

$200 Fi Service Credit with Compatible Phone Activation on Google Fi Promotion Terms

  • Limited time offer applies to any customer new to Fi who signs up for Google Fi between 11/28/18 8:00 AM PT through 11/28/18 11:59 PM PT, activates their compatible device that was not purchased at fi.google.com or store.google.com by 12/28/18 11:59 PM PT and remains active for 30 consecutive days. See eligible phones here.
  • To qualify for the service credit, activation must be for full service (i.e., activation does not apply to a data-only SIM). Afterwards, a service credit will be applied to the purchaser’s Fi account. Customer will receive an email notifying them of the service credit after all terms and conditions have been satisfied, and the credit will be applied to the customer’s subsequent bills around 45 – 60 days after activation. If the account is paused, credits will only appear once the account is reactivated. Service credits will be applied only toward monthly service costs such as data, calls, texts, and device protection; they cannot be applied device purchase or financing.
  • New Google Fi users must transfer (port-in) their current personal number over to Google Fi during sign up. The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the user since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.
  • Limit one per person.
  • This offer is only available for U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and requires Google Payments and Google Fi accounts.
  • Unless otherwise stated, offer cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Offer and service credits are not transferable, and are not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Void where prohibited.

Our Verdict

Porting in your number is a big requirement. A lot of people might be interested in having Fi suspended and activate only for international travel. Reader smbaybuy says Google Voice works as a port-in option (system will bring it up clearly as an option, but only use it if the Google Voice number was created before August 28th). Or use any spare cell number you have. Or use your regular cell number if you want to switch your main line to Fi. Existing Fi customers don’t need to do any porting at all, so that makes it even simpler.

The gift card offer is for new or existing users. The $200 offer is only for new users. You can’t get both of these deals since the gift card offer is only for customers who bring their own device.

The gift card rebate offer is a terrific deal. Just keep in mind: (a) you are swallowing the sales tax since there’s no gift card rebate on that, (b) you need to keep the line active for 120 days, so that’s probably an $80 cost ($20 x 4), (c) the gift card value is not as good as cash. For example, if you get the $999 Pixel 3, you may end up paying $80 in sales tax and $80 for the Fi service. Still a killer deal since you’ll essentially end up paying $160 for a $999 phone if you value the gift card as cash (of course, it’s not that valuable).

  • Use a Fi referral link if you are signing up for either deal and you’ll get $20. DO NOT LEAVE REFERRALS IN THE COMMENTS. Find one and leave one in this post.
  • Reader smbaybuy says this will trigger a $100 off $500 Amex Offer deal on advertising if you have that.

The $200 offer only requires 30 days of remaining active, so that’ll cost you $20 or $40, but you’ll get a $200 credit to easily offset that.

Remember, these deals are today only. They end at 11:59 PM PT. Phone deals are not my strength, please correct any errors.

Hat tip to reader Ryan, Oliver, and to runningwithmiles

 



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Simon
Simon

‘Maybe you can activate something right now with Tmobile or another carrier and immediately port it over to Google Fi.’

Terms state number must be active 8/28 or earlier.

New Google Fi users must transfer (port-in) their current personal number over to Google Fi during sign up. The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the user since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.

WR
WR

My 2 week old GV number was given as an option to port in…I guess in that case maybe it’s not really a port in, but I better get my GC!

Jon
Jon

I’d argue that being given the option to port in does not (necessarily) qualify you for the promotion. I am given the option to get a new number, for example, and that seems to clearly violate the terms of the promo. But they’ll still let me do it.

Brian
Brian

Which of these gift cards would be easiest to resell at close to full value?

Tammy
Tammy

I am wondering the same.

joe
joe

Southwest IMO. Lots of GC reselling in various forums

Tammy
Tammy

Thanks, Joe!

Rowan
Rowan

Any thoughts on whether selling a very high balance gift card would hurt or help the return on the exchanges? My sense is it would reduce interest since fewer buyers are presumably looking to purchase that size card…

Ann
Ann

I’d think that would be less true for airfare GCs than for other GCs. Two people traveling together, round trip, could easily use up a $999 GC in one trip – that’s just ~$250 per person per flight.

satellite779
satellite779

From the T&C:

“The number being transferred must be currently active and have been active with the previous carrier and the customer since 8/28/18 12:00 AM PT.”

So porting a new number will not work if they can check the age of that line.

Andrew
Andrew

Looks like a great deal for current subscribers

Pat
Pat

One note: The number you ported over has to be active since 8/28/2018. Can’t just open a line and port it over today.

aradisc
aradisc

What does “remain active for 60 consecutive days within 75 days of device shipment” mean in the context of a device? If I put in a SIM card from a different carrier, is it still “active” on Fi if the Fi account remains unpaused and billing?

Joe S
Joe S

I’m wondering about this one too.

Glt
Glt

Doesn’t seem worth risking. Wouldn’t you rather just put it in your sock drawer for the required time?

Ann
Ann

FWIW, I know carriers can definitely tell what device you have their SIM card in. Whether Google would care, I don’t know.

Tom
Tom

They can tell what device you have their SIM card in, but I don’t see how Google would be able to tell if I am using another carrier’s sim card in my phone rather than their’s. Wouldn’t it just look like my phone is off?

satellite779
satellite779

Also, gift card shouldn’t be valued at face value. E.g. Hotels.com gift card can often be bough for 15-20% off (15% off just ended on Samsung Pay). So, for a Pixel 3 XL you’re realistically getting $850 in value instead of $1000, $100 in sales tax in high tax state, $80 for the plan = $330 for Pixel 3 XL. Still a great deal but not really free.

CL
CL

hard pull for sign up service with Fi?

DRT
DRT

Nope

Ike Hoffman
Ike Hoffman

I have numbers from 8/28/18 and beyond if anyone is interested. I can send you a screenshot to verify the age of the account.

anon
anon

I’m interested in knowing more… you’re selling phone numbers?

Rowan
Rowan

I’d also possibly be interested in acquiring a pre-aged phone # from you…

Ike Hoffman
Ike Hoffman

They all come with a 904 area code. If you want an area code in your area the company charges 10 dollars for a number change and it will not affect the date the line was active. If you interested send me an email to ccwireless9107@gmail.com.

John
John

duvaaaaaal!

Traylor
Traylor

Hello Ike, Would like a number as well if you have one.

Ike Hoffman
Ike Hoffman

They all come with a 904 area code. If you want an area code in your area the company charges 10 dollars for a number change and it will not affect the date the line was active. If you interested send me an email to ccwireless9107@gmail.com.

Nate
Nate

I’m interested. Got some details?

Ike Hoffman
Ike Hoffman

They all come with a 904 area code. If you want an area code in your area the company charges 10 dollars for a number change and it will not affect the date the line was active. If you interested send me an email to ccwireless9107@gmail.com.

MSer
MSer

Why wouldn’t you want to keep Google Fi? If you’re a small data user, or a large data user (over 6GB/mo), Google Fi is one of the cheapest plans around. $20/mo plus $10/GB. Second user is another $15. For a couple, that’s $35/mo plus $10/GB. Nice thing is can use overseas and get full LTE data (unlike those of us on T-Mobile with only 2G overseas unless we pay $5/day for LTE). Wife and I are on a unlimited TMobile plan at $60/mo incl taxes. This would cut our bill almost in half as we are not heavy data users.

Jin
Jin

I pay $30/month for Mint Mobile for two of us, and get 2GB of 4G each.

Yoni
Yoni

T-moble Pay $120 for 6 ONE (military) lines, I am curious about the pixel3 as well as trying Google FI will probably port in make it a business line.

Lines 5 & 6 are $10/mo and I got $50 Costco Cash card for adding each line for 3 months

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

I pay about $12 (taxes & fees) for unlimited talk and text+ $12/GB (shared) on three lines from Xfinity.
We usually end up paying $35 with 2GB of shared data.

Danny
Danny

Cricket @ $35 a month for 5 gb is tough to beat

Staradmiral
Staradmiral

I pay $17 a month with redpocket. 5gb data per month

Syam Karimojju
Syam Karimojju

Redppcket deal was just 15$ with eBay discount

Subhuman-Male
Subhuman-Male

Is that deal only valid for a few months?

Subhuman-Male
Subhuman-Male

I see. It’s valid for 360 days

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

Looks like a great deal for a new phone. Too bad I am happy with my Moto X4, but I am still really tempted to get Pixel 3 XL for what looks like taxes +$100. Also, they are now running a sweet referral promo: using a referral link and the “referrer” would get $100 service credit instead of the usual $20. I think Doc has a separate thread with all the Fi referral links. For me Project Fi has been great all in all both when traveling in Europe and at home.

Yoni
Yoni

lilurbanachiever an Austin
how soon can you get a referral code after signing up? Same day?

Austin
Austin

I can’t find one in my account, and I’ve been signed up for a week. Maybe only once you’ve activated – but I could just be missing it somewhere.

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

Probably only after activation of the sim card.

Austin
Austin

Dang, just signed up for Fi a few days ago and ordered phones…

Austin
Austin

Anyone know if it would be possible to “switch” promotions/get matched from Fi? Waiting for callback but it says 1-3 hours haha

Jerry
Jerry

wondering the same

Austin
Austin

Yeah, I just bought the Pixel 3 for $600 – $200 bill credit but still I would much rather have the Airbnb GC…

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

I managed to do that about a year ago. I called and they were reluctant to switch promos at first, but then they manually comped me with the service credit. But then again last year the promo was not about GCs.

Austin
Austin

Thanks for the DP. I’m definitely gonna try. Support right now is SWAMPED though.

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

As I remember, last year I managed to get through only closer to midnight. The rep sounded pretty tired too, but still somehow more intelligent than what you usually get from customer service. I thought: wow, Google even hires smart customer service reps) Good luck.

Elmer
Elmer

I just got off Chat with Google support, and they were able get me matched to the Tango travel gift card promo. I just upgraded to the Pixel 3 over the weekend with the $200 immediate price credit and $200 Google Fi service credit they were running from Black Friday. I didn’t ask if I would still get the $200 Google Fi credit – didn’t want to push my luck! The rep was very helpful. Took 20 minutes to get a chat rep, but once I was live, he resolved it quickly. Said I’d get the card in the amount I paid for the phone over the weekend. Love Fi!

Z
Z

Did you get the phone through Fi or Google Store? I just got my 3XL I ordered w/ $200 off promo. I’d like this one, but don’t know if I’ll have to return/reorder.

Elmer
Elmer

I ordered it based on a Project Fi email I received on BlackFriday, but all the emails and confirmations came from the Google Store email address. I just gave them the order number while on Chat (and the order confirmation starts with GS, so it looks like it was processed through the Google Store).

Austin
Austin

Good to know. Still waiting on a callback 3 hours later… Chat is unavailable for me.

Did they charge the full value of the phone to your credit card then? Or do you think you’ll get a $600 gift card since you spend $600?

Elmer
Elmer

I upgraded to the 128G, so mine was still close to $900 even after the $200 discount (I think I also bought the charging stand). He said they would reimburse me according to the terms for the sale today (which I believe said you’d get a gc for the amount you spent), so I am expecting they’ll reimburse me for what I paid minus the phone stand (but perhaps I’ll get lucky and they’ll do the full amount of my purchase, since it’s a manual override). Be sure to save your chat screen!!!

Austin
Austin

I still haven’t been able to get ahold of Fi support all day. Chat is unavailable and callback requests don’t work. Their phone line is dead. Not impressed haha. Sent them an email, but not hopeful as they probably won’t reply until the promo is over.

Joe B
Joe B

I am still on hold (through callback requests) and it’s been 1hr and 10min and still holding….

Joe B
Joe B

Update: after 1hr and 31 min of holding, I got through and spoke to a real person. Out of my surprise, the agent told me that I was the first person among hundreds of calls that she answered that asked this question whether or not using the GV number qualifies the gift card deal.. and the answer was….. (drum roll)… Yes it is, “As Long as the GV number has been active before 8/28/18”. So there you go… Hopefully this answer many questions you guys had.

Yoni
Yoni

Austin

How long did shipping take we are flying to Hawaii for 8 days next Wed with Daughter flying out on Friday. Don’t want to leave a $1,000 phone out for 8 days.

Thanks

Austin
Austin

My phone “shipped” the day after I bought it, but the tracking still hasn’t updated. Expected delivery Friday (so 7 days after order), but I imagine it’s still sitting at Google’s warehouse.

Elmer
Elmer

I bought mine on 11/24 and it arrived today. That was “standard” shipping.

buschoi
buschoi

I bought mine on 11/23 and it was received yesterday (11/27). Shipped with FedEx ground.

smbayguy
smbayguy

I was able to use my Google Voice as porting number, it was actually shown as a choice for me.

Also, some people are targeted for spend 500, get 100 back American express offer, use it to get 100$ back.

Ellie Arroway
Ellie Arroway

That’s what I was thinking of doing. Did you actually go through with order? Did it say anything about not getting the gift cards?

smbayguy
smbayguy

I completed offer and got congrats mail from American Express

Jon
Jon

I have yet to see anything to convince me that those who are porting their Google Voice numbers (regardless of their age) will receive the gift card. Just because it lets you sign up with your Google Voice number is not evidence, IMO, because it will also let you sign up and get a brand new number, and that is pretty clearly in violation of the terms of the promo.

For anyone who signed up with your google voice number, after you completed the process, was there any indication that you qualified for the promo?

S
S

I signed up with a google voice number, and right before I completed the process by hitting submit (at the confirmation page), it said that I had the promotion attached to my account. Is this 100% proof? No, but it was good enough for me.

Walter
Walter

Also if you select getting a new number you will get the promotion attached. Google Chat and Phone support said having GV active before 08/28/18 makes you elegible for the promotion.

Danny
Danny

Same and I’d hate to get stuck paying full price

Vic
Vic

Jon, thanks for bringing this up. I am a bit worried about this part as well, but I am taking my chance and I’ve already finished the purchase.

During the checkout process, on the “Everything look good?” page, the Travel on Google Fi is automatically shown without any manual step such as adding a code. I think that’s good enough for me too.

I have 5 GV numbers and I’m going all in now.

COL
COL

Thing is, even if you select “new number” the same “tick” next to Travel promo is enabled, but we all agree that adding a new number is not part of the promo. So I hesitant about the Google Voice option

Rox
Rox

” some people are targeted for spend 500, get 100 back American express offer,”

Is this an Amex credit card offer?

Bruce
Bruce

smbayguy

What was the AMEX offer labeled as?

Toad
Toad

smbayguy did you have your Google voice number from before 8/28/18? I have a Google voice # but unfortunately it’s not quite that old. Wondering if it would still work since it ties to my line that is older, and the number existed before I got it in Google’s database.

WR
WR

I also have a fairly new Google Voice number, but it’s showing as a porting option. I’m a little concerned that they would not give me the gift card after the fact, despite attaching the offer and offering the number as an option. I would be pretty pissed if that happened. Haven’t gone through with the transaction yet, but very very tempted.

Toad
Toad

Yeah…that’s what I am worried about as well. I do actually need a new phone so this is very tempting.

smbayguy
smbayguy

Yes I had my Google Voice no for couple of years, Amex Offer was: Advertising(spend 500, get 100 back) on Business cards

Vic
Vic

Wow, thanks for this. How did you know that Google Fi will trigger the offer?

For those who don’t know, this is the offer:

https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/new-amex-offer-for-businesses-spend-500-on-advertising-get-100-back/ (FrequentMiler post)

Traylor
Traylor

Just as a heads up. I used my AMEX offer and purchased a phone through Google and it has yet to trigger, it’s been nearly an hour and a half. Purchased on my Starwood Business.

EDIT: My card hasn’t been ‘fully charged’ from Google yet, so I will update once it has. Maybe that’s why it hasn’t triggered?

David
David

I have the offer on my SPG AMEX, did my transaction about 45 minutes ago, no e-mail from AMEX yet.

WR
WR

I as well am curious about this amex offer. I scoured all my cards and could not find it. The only offer I see that could remotely come close is spend $500 on advertising, get $100 back, and maybe Google will code as advertisting.

Yoni
Yoni

Close in value to some of the phone deals I’ve scored thru Costco’s wireless advocate and T-mobile. Do happen to have a spare line I can port.

Wonder what phone has best resell value or worst case trade in value for a flagship in 2019. Probably the Pixel 3 XL –

Have been curious to test drive Google Fi but but an $800-900 Delta or SW GC could have resell value. I think Frequent miler did a write up about International calling/coverage and Google Fi.

R Johnson
R Johnson

I wonder about brand new service with a new number?

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