To save money, some compromises had to be made when switching to Google Fi on an iPhone. No more Wi-Fi calls, no automatic network switching, no hotspots outside the US and no visual voicemail. I found the last one particularly frustrating – but not anymore. Visual Voicemail is now available on Fi for iPhone, but it's not like Fi.
In the last five months, whenever a voicemail arrives, a transcript is received as text under its own name. Strange. I've found that they are moderately inaccurate, so calling the old school voice mailbox was necessary.
Enter a PIN, listen to options, select a voicemail, hear more options, forget which key to press, and hear more options. They get the point. Frustrating, something I have not had to do in ten years, and something I do not have to do anymore.
To bring Visual Voicemail back to your iPhone, just update your Google Fi app to version 1
Voicemails in bold have not been listened to yet. Tap a voicemail to see the full log. Tap the Play button to hear it immediately. Best of all, you can "delete" voicemails immediately, and you have quick access to return the call or send a message.
Even better, you may find it easier to get rid of the pesky red badge app icon on the phone app home screen. I have not heard anything. Unfortunately, the Voicemail tab in your phone app still has only one link to "Call Voicemail" instead of opening the "Voicemail" tab in the Google Fi app. However, this may not change.