Want to use your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X on Project Fi? You might need to order a special SIM card

Want to use your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X on Project Fi? You might need to order a special SIM card
Project Fi is the hybrid carrier that is owned by Google. By hybrid, we mean that it can use Wi-Fi for voice and data connectivity where available. Other times, it uses the T-Mobile or Sprint network. The service cost $20 per month for unlimited talk and text, with a $10 per GB charge for data. Any money you spend for data that ends up unused during a month, is refunded to you.

Originally, the service worked only with the Nexus 6. Now, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been added to the Project Fi lineup. The Nexus 6 required a special SIM card that helped the phone use the carrier's hybrid technology. It also helped the phone recognize at any given moment, whether the Sprint or T-Mobile network was providing the stronger signal among the two (which is the one that the phone connects to). Those Project Fi subscribers who plan on using the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X will also have to install a special nano SIM card in their phone. But here's the thing. Even if you have a Nexus 6 running on Project Fi, that SIM card will not be compatible with the new new Nexus models.

To order a new SIM card for the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, simply click on the sourcelink. You will have to provide Project Fi with some information, nothing that should make you worry. Keep one thing in mind. If you happen to order your new Nexus handset from Project Fi, you won't have to do anything since the appropriate SIM card will arrive with the phone.

source: ProjectFi via AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)



1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

If they never ship the new Nexus phones, it's a moot point...

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The wait isn't half as bad as the wait for the Galaxy Nexus. People were waiting months and months until the release date was announced the day before it's actual launch midway through December.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How is this news? Regardless of the hybrid service, you need a carrier specific sim card for each carrier, it's nothing new.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's just odd the sim for Fi in the Nexus 6 won't work in the 6P/5X. If they take nano sims, should be the same, right?

5. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

$10/GB for data.... that's not a good deal for me. I use 9 to 15GB/month, so Tmobile will be a better choice for me.

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