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  1. CharleneTX's Avatar
    I'm ready to replace my Nexus 6P and I'm looking at the Pixel 2. I'm already a Verizon customer. Is there any difference between going through Google or Verizon? Do both phones get updates about the same time? Any bloatware?
    03-15-2018 03:39 AM
  2. GSDer's Avatar
    The Verizon (Bootloader locked) variant and the Google (Bootloader unlocked) variant have been getting updates at the same time.
    The only real bloatware on the Verizon variant are the 'My Verizon' and 'go90' apps (maybe Message+ - perhaps I installed that one). And you can uninstall those if you wish.
    I chose to get the Verizon variant because there was a great deal at the time I was seriously thinking about getting one: Verizon was offering a $300 bill credit (spread out over 24 months) and Target was offering a $250 gift card. YMMV.
    radgatt likes this.
    03-15-2018 05:07 AM
  3. radgatt's Avatar
    What @GSDer says. Besides that there aren't any differences. Google does also offer financing.
    03-15-2018 08:25 AM
  4. dmateo's Avatar
    The Verizon (Bootloader locked) variant and the Google (Bootloader unlocked) variant have been getting updates at the same time.
    The only real bloatware on the Verizon variant are the 'My Verizon' and 'go90' apps (maybe Message+ - perhaps I installed that one). And you can uninstall those if you wish.
    I chose to get the Verizon variant because there was a great deal at the time I was seriously thinking about getting one: Verizon was offering a $300 bill credit (spread out over 24 months) and Target was offering a $250 gift card. YMMV.
    What happens if you sell the device within 24 months?
    03-15-2018 10:06 AM
  5. TraderGary's Avatar
    Last fall when I got my Pixel 2 XL I looked at Verizon and I compared to Google Fi. I chose to buy direct from Google. I could have financed through Google but chose to just buy it outright. Locking in to Verizon at that time would have cost me $110/mo for my wife and me. My average cost with Google Fi so far has been $37.90 for both of us. Here's the comparative cost over 3 years.
    $3,960.00 (36 mo X 110)
    $1,364.40 (36 mo X 37.90)
    03-15-2018 11:42 AM
  6. Almeuit's Avatar
    What happens if you sell the device within 24 months?
    Well usually it isn't the best to sell a device on a payment plan since most sites don't allow that. Also most buyers wouldn't want to buy a phone on a payment plan because that means the old owner needs to stay current or their phone gets blacklisted.

    That aside ... the bill credits stay. Verizon cares about the deal for the phone -- not the phone actually being used on the plan.
    03-15-2018 11:53 AM
  7. Almeuit's Avatar
    I'm ready to replace my Nexus 6P and I'm looking at the Pixel 2. I'm already a Verizon customer. Is there any difference between going through Google or Verizon? Do both phones get updates about the same time? Any bloatware?
    No bloat. Only difference is what @GSDer said (the locked bootloader). Bootloader isn't a big issue if you don't plan on rooting/ROMing.
    03-15-2018 11:54 AM
  8. SupraLB's Avatar
    There is no verizon logo to worry about on either version as well. Or on the bootup. Its all google.
    03-15-2018 01:39 PM
  9. Morty2264's Avatar
    It's very tempting to go unlocked: no carrier bloatware or payment plans associated with a two-year contract. However, if you can get a Pixel 2 when there's a great sale going on with your carrier, I'd say go for it.
    03-15-2018 02:04 PM
  10. Photo_Drew's Avatar
    if you pay off the device you lose the remaining credits
    03-15-2018 02:11 PM
  11. dmateo's Avatar
    It's very tempting to go unlocked: no carrier bloatware or payment plans associated with a two-year contract. However, if you can get a Pixel 2 when there's a great sale going on with your carrier, I'd say go for it.
    I agree.. although I think it's always best to go unlocked. I'm getting away from jump on demand with T-Mobile for this very reason. No point in leasing a phone in my opinion..
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    03-15-2018 06:11 PM
  12. Morty2264's Avatar
    I agree.. although I think it's always best to go unlocked. I'm getting away from jump on demand with T-Mobile for this very reason. No point in leasing a phone in my opinion..
    I too really love buying unlocked!
    03-15-2018 08:00 PM
  13. bsannes's Avatar
    I was looking at riding out my contract. But at the time they had the phone for half off.yes it's with a bill credit but I didn't plan to leave Verizon, they are the best in my area.
    03-15-2018 08:44 PM
  14. CharleneTX's Avatar
    Argh! I've think I've reached decision paralysis. I went by Verizon today and checked out both models. The locked bootloader isn't a deal breaker for me. I don't foresee switching from Verizon any time soon (we get a corporate discount through work and I'm happy with the service), so that's also not an issue.

    I can get a $100 trade-in for my Nexus 6P from Google; no trade-in value at Verizon.

    The Pixel 2 is the same price buying through Google ($650-$100 trade) or Verizon ($550 on sale, no trade). It's a little smaller than my Nexus 6P, but I could live with that; it's a little bigger than my previous phone (4.7").

    Then comes the part where I'm waffling. The Pixel 2 XL at Google is $850-$100 trade, but Verizon has it on sale for $550 (no trade). So, for the same price I could get the bigger model. However, I've been reading lots of concerns about the screen on the XL. I didn't notice any issues with the store's demo model, but I am a bit concerned about potential burn in. I'm also not sure about the curved edges. I usually get a Rhinoshield Bumper.

    I've also been reading that Google seems to have a better extended warranty plan than Verizon. In that case I'd go with the P2 because of price.

    Decisions, decisions.
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    03-16-2018 01:00 AM
  15. doggy2965's Avatar
    I just got pixel XL 2. No screen issues . Great phone. Had called Verizon to inquire about upgrading and they also added 100 bill credit to upgrade. Sold my g8 plus for 375 put cost of new phone under a 100
    03-16-2018 01:52 AM
  16. jimbo1mcm's Avatar
    Stay away from the Google Trade in plan. The company that is handling it has had multiple complaints.
    03-16-2018 04:11 AM
  17. dmateo's Avatar
    Stay away from the Google Trade in plan. The company that is handling it has had multiple complaints.
    I traded in an iPhone without any issues.
    03-16-2018 06:40 AM
  18. Morty2264's Avatar
    Argh! I've think I've reached decision paralysis. I went by Verizon today and checked out both models. The locked bootloader isn't a deal breaker for me. I don't foresee switching from Verizon any time soon (we get a corporate discount through work and I'm happy with the service), so that's also not an issue.

    I can get a $100 trade-in for my Nexus 6P from Google; no trade-in value at Verizon.

    The Pixel 2 is the same price buying through Google ($650-$100 trade) or Verizon ($550 on sale, no trade). It's a little smaller than my Nexus 6P, but I could live with that; it's a little bigger than my previous phone (4.7").

    Then comes the part where I'm waffling. The Pixel 2 XL at Google is $850-$100 trade, but Verizon has it on sale for $550 (no trade). So, for the same price I could get the bigger model. However, I've been reading lots of concerns about the screen on the XL. I didn't notice any issues with the store's demo model, but I am a bit concerned about potential burn in. I'm also not sure about the curved edges. I usually get a Rhinoshield Bumper.

    I've also been reading that Google seems to have a better extended warranty plan than Verizon. In that case I'd go with the P2 because of price.

    Decisions, decisions.
    That sale on the 2 XL is really good. My friend has one and it has a good screen - if you get a phone with blue tint you can always return it as Google does have that warranty. Burn-in on the XL is less prevalent, I believe.

    I'd recommend going with the phone that you can see yourself using and using contentedly. Which one can you see yourself using long-term?
    03-16-2018 08:07 AM
  19. CharleneTX's Avatar
    Thanks everyone for your help. My current phone's battery dropped 25% in 30 mins today. I called the extended warranty folks and they're sending me a Pixel 2 XL under warranty with a $80 deductible.
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    03-17-2018 03:21 PM
  20. sulla1965's Avatar
    Unlocked bootloader means you can keep your pixel, long after google stops supporting it. Also can add to resale value.
    03-18-2018 02:18 PM
  21. mwb1957's Avatar
    This is totally and completely unscientific, but here I go.

    I got a 128g panda 2XL thru Verizon's web site in November 2017. Here's the facts:
    After placing the order received the panda the next day.
    Other's who ordered from Google we're still waiting.
    To date have no Bluetooth issues. (Been using both Bluetooth & wired headphones.)
    To date no dongle connection issues.
    Blue tint is minimual.
    Get monthly security patches within the 1st two weeks of the month.

    My unscientific point is I am wondering if Verizon sorted through their selection on Pixels and sell only the best of the bunch.
    03-18-2018 04:15 PM
  22. Mike Dee's Avatar
    Unlocked bootloader means you can keep your pixel, long after google stops supporting it. Also can add to resale value.
    If you look on Swappa there is little difference between locked and unlocked Pixels.
    03-18-2018 05:51 PM
  23. Theot's Avatar
    If I was on Verizon I think I'd just get one from them. The discount they have been giving is to good. That said, I'm on T-Mobile and I'll probably go unlocked. Was hoping for a deal or sale but it doesn't look like there will be one anytime soon so I might order tomorrow.
    03-18-2018 08:31 PM
  24. bbhybridchris's Avatar
    Just picked up my Panda Pixel 2 XL 128GB from Verizon last night. Partner was using a phone with a cracked screen so I upgraded one of the lines to get this and he's using my iPhone X. Really liking it so far I had an original Pixel XL as well and this thing is as great and improved. I do not see the blue tint issue unless I'm really looking off axis viewing but when do I really look at my phone like that anyways.
    03-18-2018 09:26 PM
  25. Morty2264's Avatar
    Thanks everyone for your help. My current phone's battery dropped 25% in 30 mins today. I called the extended warranty folks and they're sending me a Pixel 2 XL under warranty with a $80 deductible.
    So glad it worked out for you!
    03-21-2018 06:29 PM
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