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Does anyone have first hand experience with Project Fi in Taipei or Beijing?


in Taipei, Taiwan by @prettypikey | 6yr  | 11 comments

Iโ€™m curious to know if it actually works. The website lists China and Taiwan as countries where it should theoretically work, I was just looking to hear from anyone using it first hand.

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I heard something about Google being able to bypass the China firewall native in its software. Ie. built in vpn when using wifi and data? Is this true?

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@mentisdominus | 5yr

@entrepreneurish, I sent Project Fi a question about how VPN works on Project Fi phones. Right now, the phone will only use Googleโ€™s VPN when connected to an open WiFi network. The phone wonโ€™t use VPN when connecting to a cellular network. You can use a third-party VPN software, though, so you are always connected to a VPN regardless of being connected to WiFi or a cellular network.

I asked specifically about China but they didnโ€™t answer that question.

If Iโ€™m understanding @psedillo correctly, it sounds like he used a third-party VPN. Perhaps he can share a little more detail about his VPN usage. I am definitely interested in knowing because I am considering getting Project Fi.

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@prettypikey | 5yr

I can share my experience too now that Iโ€™ve tested it. Project Fi worked great for me in Beijing, no problems with email, social media, maps or the crm my company uses. I also had a 3rd party vpn installed and running (https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/).

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@mentisdominus | 5yr

Thanks for sharing your experience @maggie! I just got my invite, and Iโ€™m still making my decision. Are you using only WiFi or have you connected to a cell network for data?

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@prettypikey | 5yr

I was doing both, Cell data worked fine when I was out and about.

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@andrewkent | 6yr

Any chance you could move this question over to this thread:

Had it going for a couple months now.

FWIW, Fi works pretty well in Central America, so I canโ€™t imagine it wonโ€™t work in China/Taiwan.

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@prettypikey | 6yr

No problem Andrew, Iโ€™m headed to Beijing & then Taiwan next week. Iโ€™ll post my thoughts on how Project Fi works on your existing post.

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@psedillo | 5yr

@maggie Sorry for the delayed response returned late last week from Beijing and headed out to Portland a few days later.

As for Project Fi in Beijing, it worked flawlessly. I had no problems with cell service while there and used both WeChat (locals) and Messenger (friends & family) for texting.

WiFi is available around the city, so you shouldnโ€™t have a problem connecting wirelessly. You will need a VPN to access any of the social media services. Also, China blocks Google so the VPN will handle this as well.

I hope the service performs well for you while in Beijing.

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@psedillo | 6yr

@maggie The phone arrived today and Iโ€™m waiting for my number to port over. I should be good to go for Beijing next Thursday. Iโ€™ll let you know how the phone works while Iโ€™m there.

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@prettypikey | 6yr

Thanks @psedillo. Iโ€™ll be there in about a week and half, just got my nexus 5x in the mail so I can test it as well and report back in case anyone else is curious.

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@psedillo | 6yr

Iโ€™m headed to Beijing next Wednesday and hope to receive my Project Fi phone before I leave. Iโ€™ll gladly let you know if it works in China (provided it arrives in time).

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by @eddie | 2yr 1 year ago | 32 comments

Hey everyone!

Iโ€™m getting ready for my first trip abroad alone (this Oct). I decided on Chiang Mai because I feel like it might be the best place to get my feet wet. Plus Iโ€™ve been planning on going to Thailand now for about 3 years. Dream started 3 years ago, started my business 2 years ago, finished college/moved out of my parents 1 year ago, left my part-time crutch job a few months ago and now I make enough online to be location independent.

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Thanks!

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