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1/19/17
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Billy Smothers

Same number 2 phones

I am buying a Pixel - will my 5X and the Pixel be able to use the same Fi number and have full functionality?
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Daniel Bergamini
1/19/17
Daniel Bergamini
Billy,

You might need to elaborate a little more on what you're looking to do. You'll be able to swap the SIM between both devices, and activate one or the other at any given time, which will move the Fi number to whichever device is active. You will not be able to have both devices fully network activated for cell service with the same number at the same time. You can get part of the way there by putting a data-only SIM in one of the devices, and using the Hangouts Dialer, but that data-only SIM is tied to the T-Mobile network, and doesn't offer any voice and text functionality.

If that doesn't give a complete answer, please provide additional detail on what you're looking to do and I'd be happy to try and answer any specific questions.

Daniel
William Smothers
1/20/17
William Smothers
Thanks, Daniel! I would like to use my 5X on my bicycle for fitness apps, GPS, emergencies, etc.
Daniel Bergamini
1/20/17
Daniel Bergamini
William,

Then yes, if you want the full Project Fi voice/carrier switching experience, you should be able to move the main Project FI "phone" SIM out of one device, put it in another and run through the activation process on the device that now has the phone SIM. Not having two devices to test with right now I can't speculate how long it will take each time you reactivate, but I imagine it would be in the order of minutes not hours to take effect.

If you have good T-Mobile coverage in your area, a data SIM may be enough. I think even a SIM-less phone can make emergency (read: 911, not "honey, I have a flat tire") calls, and you can always use Hangouts (again with good data connection) from your Project Fi number using the Hangouts Dialer.

Let us know how it goes!

Daniel
Sarah Fornander
1/20/17
Sarah Fornander
I have been able to accomplish a setup similar to this via Hangouts just make sure you have it set to be your default SMS app and download the hangouts dialer app on your second device (without fi sim) and it will receive calls via google voice with your fi number. if you want to do this without being on wifi you will need a data only sim from another carrier or some sort of tethering setup. hope this helps.
Mark McCoskey
3/12/17
Mark McCoskey
I'd like to do similar. I'm on Fi, use a 6" Moto Nexus 6. Would like to have a second smaller phone. 

Want both phones to ring, both to send/receive text, both to send/receive emails, would only call on one phone at a time. A BIG phone and a small phone on one number with one Fi account. 
William Smothers
3/12/17
William Smothers
I have limited success.  The Nexus 5X will work on wifi around the house, but will not do anything via cell outside of wifi range.

ricktvfox
3/13/17
ricktvfox
I have my 6P as my main phone and my 5X with the data sim, I'm able to use my 5X as a phone through hangouts with my data sim all the time, don't know how it works but it does, the calls and texts do you some data but very little. 
William Smothers
3/13/17
William Smothers
Good news!  I assume you mean it works on both wifi and cell data?  How does one go about getting a data sim from Project Fi?

Daniel Bergamini
3/13/17
Daniel Bergamini
William,
 
Please see this article and let us know if you have any questions:
 
https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6330195?hl=en
 
Daniel
 
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