Group Text MMS workaround in the US (Google Fi). Web texting, calling, and voicemail on Mudita Pure :)

Good evening Mudita Pure users. I come with good news for those that need MMS support in the United States and also want to make phone calls via browser due to the below-average call quality of the Mudita Pure in the North American market.

Google Fi has just introduced a new feature where you can text and call via the web even without a smartphone (although you need a smart device to set this up initially). The feature allows you to receive images, group text messages, links, etc, without your phone even being connected to the internet. More details here.

Here is a list of steps you need in order to make it work:

  1. First get an Android smartphone (Google Play Services needed) compatible with Google Fi (nothing super fancy, but an older Moto G or something that is compatible with T-mobile).
  2. An account with Google Fi. You can sign up with Fi via a Google account or other email. Their plans are decently priced ($20-50), but not the lowest in the industry. I think it’s reasonable though for the web texting/calling. This is a referral link where you get $20 credit and I do too: Google Fi - A Phone Plan That Can
  3. After activation, open the Google Messages app. Go to Settings>Google Fi Settings>Sync via Google Fi Account. After you have gone through this process, you can use the messages/calls portal at messages.google.com
  4. Make sure to use the Google Fi option while on the web portal. Inbound messages will sync on both devices. If you send a message from the Mudita Pure, it will not show up on the web portal. But hey, you get calls, texts, and voicemails all on the web portal. It’s a great option tbh given the current state of the device.

Also, Mudita will not display MMS either group text or images, but they’ll show on the web portal.

This will help in the transition for many people and while the Pure still may not be the best while out and about in every part of North America, it is a great option to use Google Fi to fix the pain points!!

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@Jose_Briones Thanks for putting this together! This is VERY interesting. Is there roaming with this? What happens when you travel abroad?

Google Fi has roaming and international coverage. Free texts and data when abroad.

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@Jose_Briones This is sooooo exciting! Thanks for sharing this.

This is very cool. I am looking forward to hearing about the overall experience on Fi. Does anyone know if you can connect to the old Sprint towers? AFAIK Google Fi customers can still attach to them, whereas new T-Mobile customers can not. This is a pretty big deal outside of cities where T-mobile reception is poor.

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Nope. Only works with Tmobile.

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