Hooray! The Sony Xperia L2 works with the Project-FI “Data SIM”! Last year I switched from T-Mobile to Project FI after the Big Magenta raised their prices and I realized that I was over-paying and under-utilizing what I was paying for. The “Data SIM” is a good opportunity to add secondary/backup smartphones to your primary line on Project-FI…
I did not check any of the bands before attempting to use the L2 on Project FI, so I did not know what to expect! I had already ordered a Project-FI Data SIM a few months earlier, but I activated the SIM card only AFTER I installed it in the Xperia L2.
DAY #1 was not HUNKY DORY
On day #1 however, things did not look good for Project FI on the L2. I don’t know if it’s because of the timing of the purchase and activation of the Data SIM, but the Project FI app was getting stuck and telling me it could not complete the activation. I gave it a trio of reboots, and let it rest until the next morning. This is the persistent Notification error from the app, “Project FI not fully activated”:
But while the Project-FI app was giving me that error, the data from Project-FI was flowing. So I had a data connection!
So I just let it be for the day, and moved on to other tasks. I did not make any changes to the phone’s networking settings or options this day or any other day since then.
DAY #2 was HUNKY DORY
The next morning I picked it up and tried the Project-FI app again, without changing anything, and voila, it worked! The activation was successful and the Project-FI app was as happy as it can be. And it has worked, without any issue, ever since! The successful activation message probably needs to work on its language. What it’s trying to say is that you don’t have voice-features (voice calls, voicemail, texting), only cellular data!
The data has been flowing nicely, and I’m getting speeds (using Netflix’s Fast app; the opposite of the bloated and data-hungry Speedtest app) that are equal or better than what I was getting before with the good old Nexus 6.
With the Data SIM alive and kicking, the Project-FI app and website and now when you look at your data usage, it is broken down by the main phone and the Data SIM. I will get more Data SIMs in the future, so it will be interesting to see whether you get the data breakdown by individual Data SIM or all grouped together.
The Data SIM of Project FI only provides cellular data, not voice. If you want to use the phone for voice, you have to go the Hangouts way. The Hangout adventure is in the next post…
UPDATE: Success! After a minor kerfuffle it is all set up! I can now make and receive phone calls and text-messages using Google Hangouts on the Sony Xperia L2 using the Project-FI Data SIM!