1. smk5867's Avatar
    Aside from where it is sold, and the inclusion (or not) of some Verizon bloatware, are there any functional differences between pixels purchased at Verizon versus one purchased through Google? Am I able to take a previously acquired pixel from Google and use it on Verizon?
    01-02-2017 12:10 AM
  2. Topweasel's Avatar
    Aside from where it is sold, and the inclusion (or not) of some Verizon bloatware, are there any functional differences between pixels purchased at Verizon versus one purchased through Google? Am I able to take a previously acquired pixel from Google and use it on Verizon?
    Yes and no. On both. In theory putting a Verizon sim in a Pixel will install the removable bloatware. This doesn't always happen and there has been some debate. Might only happen on VZ branded phones. The only other differences is the locked bootloader on the VZ phone. This means not custom ROMs. But usually that is to get your phone to the state a Pixel pretty much starts at.

    As for using a Google purchased Pixel on Verizon. It will work fine. Assuming you already have nano SIM from Verizon to put into the device. Verizon is really difficult to deal with when dealing with unbranded phones. Most of the time they won't give you a SIM for an unactivated and or non VZ branded phone.
    01-02-2017 12:34 AM
  3. smk5867's Avatar
    Yes and no. On both. In theory putting a Verizon sim in a Pixel will install the removable bloatware. This doesn't always happen and there has been some debate. Might only happen on VZ branded phones. The only other differences is the locked bootloader on the VZ phone. This means not custom ROMs. But usually that is to get your phone to the state a Pixel pretty much starts at.

    As for using a Google purchased Pixel on Verizon. It will work fine. Assuming you already have nano SIM from Verizon to put into the device. Verizon is really difficult to deal with when dealing with unbranded phones. Most of the time they won't give you a SIM for an unactivated and or non VZ branded phone.
    Thank you for your reply. I should have also included the fact that what I am hoping to do is to take the Google Pixel that I purchased through Google and currently use on AT&T and switch carriers to Verizon, if they will let me bring my own phone and just provide me with a plan and a sim card.
    01-02-2017 02:29 AM
  4. DJM626's Avatar
    They should let you do that . I've been on Verizon for a long time but am not under contract with them as I've brought my own device over to them a lot of times and just had them activate it for me, which they did
    01-02-2017 02:54 AM
  5. Richard Servello's Avatar
    Aside from where it is sold, and the inclusion (or not) of some Verizon bloatware, are there any functional differences between pixels purchased at Verizon versus one purchased through Google? Am I able to take a previously acquired pixel from Google and use it on Verizon?
    Only if you root. Otherwise, identical.
    01-02-2017 10:07 AM
  6. Aquila's Avatar
    I have the Google XL and have used it on Verizon since day 1. Also have a Verizon bought regular Pixel, obviously works on Verizon but also works on Project Fi.
    01-03-2017 03:20 PM
  7. smk5867's Avatar
    I have the Google XL and have used it on Verizon since day 1. Also have a Verizon bought regular Pixel, obviously works on Verizon but also works on Project Fi.
    Did u buy your Pixel from Verizon or from Google? If from Google, when you use it on Verizon do you get Verizon's HD voice and wifi calling? I know that when using carrier branded phones versus unlocked phones there has been some services available / not available, but the argument here is the the Pixel phone is exactly the same no matter where you buy it and the services all come into play when you put in your SIM and activate. Can you confirm?
    01-04-2017 05:34 AM
  8. Aquila's Avatar
    Did u buy your Pixel from Verizon or from Google? If from Google, when you use it on Verizon do you get Verizon's HD voice and wifi calling? I know that when using carrier branded phones versus unlocked phones there has been some services available / not available, but the argument here is the the Pixel phone is exactly the same no matter where you buy it and the services all come into play when you put in your SIM and activate. Can you confirm?
    I got the XL from Google. 100% of Verizon things that work on the Verizon version work on the Google version.
    01-04-2017 07:40 AM

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