Verizon vs. Unlocked

Jtshurtleff

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Hey guys I have a quick question about the differences (if any) between the Pixel and Pixel XL you can buy from Google and the one you can get at a Verizon store. I just bought the XL off of eBay and got, I believe, the Google variant and am going to be using it on Verizon. Will this one have the same bands and such as the Verizon store variant and will I be able to use Wifi Calling and VoLTE? Are there any differences in the phone itself?
 

PapaGary

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There is no difference. When the Verizon SIM is inserted and the phone powered up it will download the Verizon apps.
 

Paulmac0957

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Not sure this is correct. I have the Verizon Pixel XL, and there are NO Verizon apps on the phone. I am sure if I go to the play store and search for Verizon I can download them, but that is not going to happen. My point is NO Verizon apps downloaded automatically to my phone when it was activated by Verizon.
 

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Stay away from Verizon if you want custom recovery(TWRP) and root. I'm hearing the latest update(January) prevents unlocking of the bootloader.
 

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Not sure this is correct. I have the Verizon Pixel XL, and there are NO Verizon apps on the phone. I am sure if I go to the play store and search for Verizon I can download them, but that is not going to happen. My point is NO Verizon apps downloaded automatically to my phone when it was activated by Verizon.

Interesting, when I switched to Verizon from Google Fi, with a Pixel XL, purchased from Google Fi, I had the My Verizon app automagically appear, and the My Fi app was still there. I could not delete the Fi app, only disable it.

That is the only app that auto-installed, I do not have Go90, NFLwhatever, or any other Verizon bloatware. Honestly, I have unlimited talk, text, and data, so I do not care if I have the My Verizon app.
 

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