02-25-2018 01:31 PM
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  1. FrankGoldRush's Avatar
    If this has been asked in the past I apologize. I was wondering why Pixel only deals with Verizon? As an AT&T subscriber I have to buy an unlocked phone. Will there ever be a chance to see Google work with other networks?
    02-23-2018 07:40 PM
  2. TwitchyPuppy's Avatar
    Only Google knows, sadly.
    02-23-2018 07:52 PM
  3. Maljunulo's Avatar
    What are the advantages of buying a phone where Google has "worked with" the network?

    What am I missing as an AT&T customer who bought a phone from Google, or are you just looking for a way to finance the phone?
    02-23-2018 08:10 PM
  4. jtcannonball's Avatar
    They have all the radio bands so it doesn't matter, it will run fine.
    02-23-2018 08:13 PM
  5. FrankGoldRush's Avatar
    It's mostly about financing. And I know Google offers it, but having been with AT&T for so long, I don't have to go through credit check and pay taxes, etc.

    It just seems if Google wants to sell more phones, you'd think it would play ball with all networks and not just the one.
    02-23-2018 08:32 PM
  6. Maljunulo's Avatar
    It's mostly about financing. And I know Google offers it, but having been with AT&T for so long, I don't have to go through credit check and pay taxes, etc.

    It just seems if Google wants to sell more phones, you'd think it would play ball with all networks and not just the one.
    Tell me about the part I emphasized.
    02-23-2018 09:04 PM
  7. Nubwy's Avatar
    If they were smart they would work with T Mobile. They've been growing at a breakneck pace for the last three years and the big two carriers lose customers to TMO annually.
    02-23-2018 09:12 PM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    What are the advantages of buying a phone where Google has "worked with" the network?

    What am I missing as an AT&T customer who bought a phone from Google, or are you just looking for a way to finance the phone?
    Nothing. Phone works just as well as it should. Just the financing.
    02-23-2018 09:14 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    If this has been asked in the past I apologize. I was wondering why Pixel only deals with Verizon? As an AT&T subscriber I have to buy an unlocked phone. Will there ever be a chance to see Google work with other networks?
    I would assume that Google partnered with them and made it exclusive to them in return for Verizon advertising it and placing it in stores.

    Just my guess.
    02-23-2018 09:15 PM
  10. FrankGoldRush's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm sure it's an advertising agreement.
    02-23-2018 09:43 PM
  11. Maljunulo's Avatar
    It's the same thing AT&T (or was it Cingular then?) did with the iPhone 4.

    Two-year contract only.
    02-23-2018 10:03 PM
  12. Lilybell2's Avatar
    I have a Pixel 2 XL and I use it on Project Fi. I could also use it on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc., if I so choose.
    02-23-2018 10:09 PM
  13. Almeuit's Avatar
    It's the same thing AT&T (or was it Cingular then?) did with the iPhone 4.

    Two-year contract only.
    Hm?
    02-23-2018 10:24 PM
  14. TraderGary's Avatar
    The advantage of Project Fi is that it uses the towers of 3 carriers, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. My Pixel 2 XL on Fi automatically connects to whichever tower has the best signal.
    02-23-2018 10:32 PM
  15. Almeuit's Avatar
    The advantage of Project Fi is that it uses the towers of 3 carriers, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. My Pixel 2 XL on Fi automatically connects to whichever tower has the best signal.
    I am not sure what that has to do with the topic of the thread which is why is the Pixel 2/2 XL being sold only at Verizon for carriers. The thread isn't about how Fi works.
    02-23-2018 10:50 PM
  16. TraderGary's Avatar
    I am not sure what that has to do with the topic of the thread which is why is the Pixel 2/2 XL being sold only at Verizon for carriers. The thread isn't about how Fi works.
    Thank you for your comment. You're right, I only typed how Fi worked and not what that had to do with the topic. I was really wanting to say that Verizon is not the only carrier where one can purchase Pixel 2 phones. Google also sells the Pixel on their Project Fi ISP and Pixel phones can also be purchased on Fi using monthly payments. That's what I get for engaging my typing fingers before thinking through what I wanted to say.
    02-23-2018 11:18 PM
  17. Almeuit's Avatar
    Thank you for your comment. You're right, I only typed how Fi worked and not what that had to do with the topic. I was really wanting to say that Verizon is not the only carrier where one can purchase Pixel 2 phones. Google also sells the Pixel on their Project Fi ISP and Pixel phones can also be purchased on Fi using monthly payments. That's what I get for engaging my typing fingers before thinking through what I wanted to say.
    He did acknowledge that he already knew about the Google thing .. he said other carriers like his which he mentioned is AT&T. So he already knew .
    02-24-2018 04:01 AM
  18. Maljunulo's Avatar
    Hm?
    I was one of the fools who got up in the middle of the night to go on line to purchase an iPhone 4 when it was first released.

    It was my first smartphone.
    02-24-2018 09:13 AM
  19. DMP89145's Avatar
    It's the same thing AT&T (or was it Cingular then?) did with the iPhone 4.

    Two-year contract only.
    I think it's something close to this or at least similar. IMO, Google is playing the long game.

    I don't think it's ever been their intention to be a Samsung or Apple type, mainly because they are an advertising company first and foremost. Search is the backbone for them, so there is no real rush to make significant money from hardware.

    I feel like we'll see the Pixel brand available on more carriers soon, but it makes sense for them to get the brand recognition and QA nailed down tight before they flood the market with 20,30.. 50 million phones.
    02-24-2018 09:43 AM
  20. bhatech's Avatar
    I think they are building a brand and concentrating one carrier to start with who will v commit the brand and push their devices. Unfortunately people still buy based on brand awareness and sometimes what clueless reps push. So it's good for Google to start with one partner who is committed in pushing the Pixel brand and help in sales. Helps to some extent that they are the biggest carrier.
    Luckily for people like me who gives a **** about carriers and their phones, Google is at least selling the phone from their Google store. I bet the Pixel 3 or worst case 4 it'll be on all carriers since by then there will be enough Pixel brand awareness and they will be more successful when they go to other carriers.
    02-24-2018 01:28 PM
  21. Ry's Avatar
    If this has been asked in the past I apologize. I was wondering why Pixel only deals with Verizon? As an AT&T subscriber I have to buy an unlocked phone. Will there ever be a chance to see Google work with other networks?
    That's for Google to answer.

    But I think it came down to:

    - Google may not want to go that wide with distribution channels at this time
    - unlocked is irrelevant in the US, you make waves with a carrier partnership here
    - Verizon is probably paying for the exclusive
    - Google and Verizon have history that includes of working together with original DROID (2.0) and Xoom (3.0) with Motorola which for all intents and purposes were Nexus devices without the Nexus name
    - Verizon is the number one carrier in the US
    02-24-2018 02:33 PM
  22. Lilybell2's Avatar
    I'm only guessing, but one major obstacle may be the issue of updates. Verizon evidently has no problem with Google handling the updates for the Pixel phones, and there's no big red "V" plastered on Pixel phones sold by Verizon. That might be viewed as a roadblock by some carriers, particularly those that customarily have a proprietary version of Android, replete with bloat, installed on the carrier branded phones they sell, a version that can only receive updates OTA via that carrier's network, and only while the phone is using an active customer account on that particular carrier's network.
    02-24-2018 02:47 PM
  23. Nubwy's Avatar
    Verizon simply isn't a good business partner on an ethical or cultural level. I tried to buy a Pixel 2 from them and they flat out lied and said they cannot sell one, just to take it to use on another carrier. I asked if I had to go through the activation process at the very least, and brought up the most recent article on VZW locking phones down, and he said that they're not allowed to sell phones unlocked anymore. VZW hasn't even issued a date as to when they will require 40 days service for all their phones yet!

    Went to a local Target, bought a Verizon Pixel 2, put my SIM card in and has been fine ever since.

    Their sales associates are very shady and I've had similar experiences with this in the past. One of the many reasons Big Red and I parted ways.
    02-24-2018 03:13 PM
  24. hallux's Avatar
    I'm only guessing, but one major obstacle may be the issue of updates. Verizon evidently has no problem with Google handling the updates for the Pixel phones, and there's no big red "V" plastered on Pixel phones sold by Verizon.
    Which is a complete 180 from what it used to be. It used to be that Verizon wouldn't sell a device if it wasn't allowed to plaster the red V on it and control the update process. This is one reason Verizon lost the race for the initial iPhone release.
    02-24-2018 04:08 PM
  25. Ry's Avatar
    Verizon simply isn't a good business partner on an ethical or cultural level. I tried to buy a Pixel 2 from them and they flat out lied and said they cannot sell one, just to take it to use on another carrier. I asked if I had to go through the activation process at the very least, and brought up the most recent article on VZW locking phones down, and he said that they're not allowed to sell phones unlocked anymore. VZW hasn't even issued a date as to when they will require 40 days service for all their phones yet!

    Went to a local Target, bought a Verizon Pixel 2, put my SIM card in and has been fine ever since.

    Their sales associates are very shady and I've had similar experiences with this in the past. One of the many reasons Big Red and I parted ways.
    Anyone can have a similar experience with any other carrier.
    Almeuit likes this.
    02-24-2018 04:17 PM
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