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  1. murphcid's Avatar
    Apparently since the Pixel phones only work on Verizon, it is useless to me since I have AT&T. Thanks Google.
    10-21-2016 08:19 AM
  2. LeoRex's Avatar
    Apparently since the Pixel phones only work on Verizon, it is useless to me since I have AT&T. Thanks Google.
    Verizon is just the only carrier to sell the phone in their stores and online. You can buy it at the Google Store and other retail outlets (Best Buy is one). The Pixel is fully compatible with all carriers.
    10-21-2016 08:22 AM
  3. mightyfacundo's Avatar
    Verizon is just the only carrier to sell the phone in their stores and online. You can buy it at the Google Store and other retail outlets (Best Buy is one). The Pixel is fully compatible with all carriers.
    Exactly.
    10-21-2016 08:23 AM
  4. klau25's Avatar
    I thought Pixel from Best Buy are unlocked, but you have to activate with Verizon. Only Google store let you activate in any carriers.

    Yeah OP, Verizon would like to make people to think they are the "exclusive" carrier which is half true. I read on here that AT&T is supposed to get it soon too, probably until Verizon exclusivity runs out.
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    10-21-2016 08:24 AM
  5. murphcid's Avatar
    Best Buy only shows the Verizon version, no others, unless they have updated their website in the last hour or so.

    Verizon is just the only carrier to sell the phone in their stores and online. You can buy it at the Google Store and other retail outlets (Best Buy is one). The Pixel is fully compatible with all carriers.
    10-21-2016 08:25 AM
  6. klau25's Avatar
    Best Buy only shows the Verizon version, no others, unless they have updated their website in the last hour or so.
    They will only sell you if you have Verizon account I think, but the phone is still unlocked. so you can technically use it on any carrier if you can convince them to sell you one. haha.
    10-21-2016 08:27 AM
  7. murphcid's Avatar
    Yeah, again, I am on AT&T, so if I activate on Verizon, will that cause issues for me with the Deathstar (AT&T)? I prefer to buy locally so I can touch the device and look at it first, rather than rely upon a photo.

    I thought Pixel from Best Buy are unlocked, but you have to activate with Verizon. Only Google store let you activate in any carriers.

    Yeah OP, Verizon would like to make people to think they are the "exclusive" carrier which is half true. I read on here that AT&T is supposed to get it soon too, probably until Verizon exclusivity runs out.
    10-21-2016 08:27 AM
  8. SteelGator's Avatar
    Google probably needs to work on this some. This is a very, very common misconception right now.
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    10-21-2016 08:28 AM
  9. mightyfacundo's Avatar
    Best Buy only shows the Verizon version, no others, unless they have updated their website in the last hour or so.
    You are correct, but you can order straight from Google and activate them on any network. I don't love carrier exclusives either so I understand your frustration.
    10-21-2016 08:28 AM
  10. person13628's Avatar
    Buy direct from google
    10-21-2016 08:29 AM
  11. klau25's Avatar
    Yeah, again, I am on AT&T, so if I activate on Verizon, will that cause issues for me with the Deathstar (AT&T)? I prefer to buy locally so I can touch the device and look at it first, rather than rely upon a photo.
    Go look at it at Best Buy or Verizon. Ordered from Google, and if you don't like it, return it. Google gives you 14 days, and they will pay for the shipping label to send back. There your problem is solved. haha.
    10-21-2016 08:30 AM
  12. murphcid's Avatar
    That is why I got my HTC 10 from HTC, NO BLOATWARE! Plus, I really, really like to buy locally. And I can pay cash, rather than use the card, which prevents the wife from having a meltdown over the $700 credit card charge. Plus is AT&T going to cause issues if I MUST activate on Verizon?

    You are correct, but you can order straight from Google and activate them on any network. I don't love carrier exclusives either so I understand your frustration.
    10-21-2016 08:31 AM
  13. LeoRex's Avatar
    Google probably needs to work on this some. This is a very, very common misconception right now.
    THIS..... is 100% true.

    Verizon, well, they are Verizon... they are going to go out of their way to make it appear that you can only use the phone on their network. Because Verizon.
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    10-21-2016 08:31 AM
  14. Nechasin's Avatar
    Yeah, again, I am on AT&T, so if I activate on Verizon, will that cause issues for me with the Deathstar (AT&T)? I prefer to buy locally so I can touch the device and look at it first, rather than rely upon a photo.
    Go to Best Buy and play with it, then order it online from Google.
    10-21-2016 08:43 AM
  15. Zendroid1's Avatar
    Go to Best Buy and play with it, then order it online from Google.
    Hopefully that will be possible in the near future (ordering online from Google).
    10-21-2016 08:48 AM
  16. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Google probably needs to work on this some. This is a very, very common misconception right now.
    Especially since Verizon's own ads imply that the phone is only available / only works on Verizon.

    I am surprised that Google is letting them get away with that...
    10-21-2016 08:59 AM
  17. SteelGator's Avatar
    Especially since Verizon's own ads imply that the phone is only available / only works on Verizon.

    I am surprised that Google is letting them get away with that...
    I am sure there is some push and pull on that very fact. Google has never had a carrier go at promoting one of their phones this hard. In a way that is a big win for them. Verizon's willingness to put on a full court press is likely due to the fact the droid selling cycle is over, and it gives them something to differentiate from the others. Take away their ability to brag like this, and a certain amount of the promotion goes with it.

    This also leads me to believe that the other carriers were not as bullish on the Pixel, so the overall promotional impact with just Verizon >> all carriers put together. Google picked their poison. I hope they chose wisely, because it is good for the ecosystem if they have more success with Pixel than they have with Nexus.
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    10-21-2016 09:03 AM
  18. Richard Servello's Avatar
    Apparently since the Pixel phones only work on Verizon, it is useless to me since I have AT&T. Thanks Google.
    Umm, it's unlocked and works on all carriers.
    10-21-2016 09:15 AM
  19. fury2g's Avatar
    Just buy it from Google. Problem solved, right?
    10-21-2016 09:15 AM
  20. opskmallory's Avatar
    Plus is AT&T going to cause issues if I MUST activate on Verizon?
    You're missing the point - you are NOT required to activate on Verizon. You can activate any Pixel on any carrier.
    10-21-2016 09:18 AM
  21. klau25's Avatar
    You're missing the point - you are NOT required to activate on Verizon. You can activate any Pixel on any carrier.
    I think OP problem is he wants to buy it local and pay cash, and Verizon and Best buy will only allowed him to activate it with Verizon.
    10-21-2016 09:24 AM
  22. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    I am sure there is some push and pull on that very fact. Google has never had a carrier go at promoting one of their phones this hard. In a way that is a big win for them. Verizon's willingness to put on a full court press is likely due to the fact the droid selling cycle is over, and it gives them something to differentiate from the others. Take away their ability to brag like this, and a certain amount of the promotion goes with it.

    This also leads me to believe that the other carriers were not as bullish on the Pixel, so the overall promotional impact with just Verizon >> all carriers put together. Google picked their poison. I hope they chose wisely, because it is good for the ecosystem if they have more success with Pixel than they have with Nexus.
    No doubt a large part of the exclusivity deal was a commitment by Verizon to a certain (and large) extent of focused product advertising (likely with some matching 'mdf' advertising funding by Google). I think Google specifically wanted to go with a single carrier for 'local' retail distribution with the Pixel as, while they might generate a bit fewer sales than they would with directly available product in other carrier's supply chain, this method will generate greater brand development - when multiple carriers offer a phone, there's a lot less incentive for each to heavily advertise it, and the phones receiving the biggest push will be those with the biggest brand awareness (Apple, Samsung).

    I would expect that when the next generation rolls around, a carrier seeking exclusivity won't get quite as sweet a deal as I suspect Verizon negotiated for the simple reason that Google's branding will have some roots in the ground.
    10-21-2016 10:25 AM
  23. bunser51's Avatar
    I think they did in all honesty. I mean Verizon does have the most users and probably the biggest advertising budget out of the big 4. If you had to choose, they'd be the one I'd go with
    10-21-2016 10:32 AM
  24. miyanc's Avatar
    Unless I am wrong you dont have to activate it on verizon if you get it from them or best buy. Mine wasnt activated on verison when I got it mailed to me from verizon. I could have put in a ATT sim card and activated on att. I bet you would have to pay cash because I doubt verizon will let you make payments on a phone you activated on att. ALL VERZIONS OF THIS PHONE ARE CARRIER UNLOCKED. the verizon phone has a locked bootloader and those sold from them or best will come with that locked bootloader. but all versions are carrier unlocked available to use carrier specific sim.
    10-21-2016 10:34 AM
  25. socarwolverine's Avatar
    Either version you buy (from Google or Verizon) will work fine on AT&T.
    10-21-2016 10:45 AM
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