Google Fi Activation fails with Error Code B050

If you get an error code of “B050” when trying to activate your “Google Fi” service, it is because you are identified as not being in the US right now. This was confirmed to my by Google Support on the phone a few minutes ago.

Whether this is being identified by your IP address or your phone’s location, I can’t tell (yet). Could be that I bring up a VPN to check… 😉

2020-02-19 Update: I was just too curious, so only a day later I quickly wrapped up a VPN with a source IP from the US (thanks, AWS! :-)). And, presto, I could activate Google Fi. So it is crystal clear that they identify you by your IP address.

I could make calls via VoWiFi, but when I disabled WiFi I couldn’t attach to the mobile network. This is probably because I’ve never joined my “home (mobile) network” yet. I’ll be in Florida soon, then I will join the mobile network there. And I’m sure when I return to Germany I’ll be able to join German mobile networks as well…

3 thoughts on “Google Fi Activation fails with Error Code B050”

  1. can you tell us how can we activate Google fi out of US because it doesn’t work with VPN ,
    ID : B050

    1. You mean it doesn’t work with the specific VPN you were using? Well, that can be, many services are known to detect VPNs and block them.

      I’ve found that it did work for me, though, so generally it can work. I built my own VPN gateway, setting up an AWS EC2 instance with OpenVPN, and that did the trick. There’s plenty of howtos available on the Internet, so just try it out…

    2. Hi Saad. You mean you are based within the US, and still you can’t activate it?

      In this case I can only suggest to use a different way to access the internet, like from a cafe, or from work or from a friend’s home. Maybe for whatever reason your current provider assigns IP addresses that are not recognized as being in the US… That sometimes happens…

      Or are you outside the US, and you try to use a VPN, and it doesn’t work anyway with that specific VPN? Then, as already suggested earlier, I would recommend to try to use a different one. If nothing else, you could set up your own VPN in Amazon Web Services (or ask a friend to do so). As you know, for me that did the trick…

      Good luck.

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