The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a lineups could be coming to Sprint

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a lineups could be coming to Sprint
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Like the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 devices that precede them, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are currently available as Verizon exclusives. Recently, however, a report claimed T-Mobile was gearing up to sell the devices. Now, new findings suggest Sprint could soon offer Google’s smartphones too.

The Pixel 3 & Pixel 3a could land on Sprint next week


As revealed by an internal document sent to Android Police by an anonymous tipster, Sprint appears to be preparing the in-store advertisements for Google’s range of smartphones. The paper lists three separate arrangements dubbed “Google B4, “Google S4,” and “Google Pixel 3XL” alongside the materials needed for each one.

The “Google Pixel 3XL” arrangement, as its name indicates, should focus primarily on the larger Pixel 3 XL. However, the fourth-largest US carrier is also expected to offer the regular Pixel 3. As for the "Google B4" and "Google S4" advertisements, these likely involve the upcoming Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL which are due to be announced next Tuesday. At this stage, the latter is simply an assumption, but it seems likely "B4" and "S4" are sneaky references to the "Bonito" and "Sargo" codenames that the Pixel 3a smartphones carry.

Regarding when the availability may become official, a formal announcement by both Sprint and Google on May 7th at Google I/O seems highly probable at this point considering the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a are expected to arrive that day. Release date-wise, Best Buy recently put the larger Pixel 3a XL on display in one of its stores which could mean Pixel 3a sales will commence that same day through retailers and carriers.

How will T-Mobile and Sprint availability benefit Google?


Google's smartphone business saw pretty decent sales throughout both 2017 and 2018 thanks to the success of the original Pixel duo and the newer Pixel 2 devices. But last quarter, as it recently admitted, the internet giant struggled to sell current-gen Pixel 3 devices due to the current pressures in the premium flagship segment. Ultimately, this led to the company's first year-on-year decline in sales, but with T-Mobile and Sprint availability just around the corner, the company's future could be much brighter. 

As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Pixel devices have been available exclusively through Verizon since the beginning. The only other way to purchase the devices at the moment is unlocked via Google's online store or a retailer such as Best Buy. But by introducing T-Mobile and Sprint availability, Google will gain instant access to a combined total of around 90 million additional customers, almost doubling the 116 million total customers it currently has access to via Verizon.

This move should help ease off pressure to perform during the second quarter of the year and could also result in significant year-on-year growth. After all, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will soon be joined by the mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.These are expected to borrow many of the Pixel 3's standout features such as the high-quality rear cameras and Night Sight, but should undercut the flagships drastically thanks to a few hardware downgrades.

Only AT&T is missing from the ranks now


With it now looking as though Google has secured deals with three out of the four major carriers, it remains to be seen if or when Google will choose to negotiate a deal with AT&T – there have so far been no indications that the two companies are in talks. But if it does so, it could provide yet another major boost to the company's smartphone business. After all, AT&T is currently the second-largest carrier and has around 93 million wireless customers that Google hasn't accessed.

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15 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3668; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

May 7th hurry up and get here.

2. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

A good majority of people get their phones through the carriers and having the phone exclusively sold by one carrier does and will always hurts the sales.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree. Exclusivity deals have never been good for business.

6. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Tell that to Apple when at&t had the exclusivity. They did pretty damn good.

7. Rager722 unregistered

They were the first mainstream smartphone though.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22186; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was a different scenario entirely.

9. Venom

Posts: 3668; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Definitely wasn't a different scenario entirely. Some just aren't that informed really.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22186; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was a different scenario in the fact of how the iPhone is considered the first mainstream smartphone, despite what some uninformed people say.

11. Venom

Posts: 3668; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It worked for the iphone back in the day, but I agree that it's time to let others get in on the Pixel pie. The Pixel is unlocked for ALL carriers, but some people just prefer the convenience of buying from a carrier. It's good business when you think about it because then they are going to want accessories like cases and scam protectors.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good to see the pixels coming to other carriers.

5. aegislash

Posts: 1509; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So maybe four or five more people will buy the Bugxel now...okay cool.

12. Venom

Posts: 3668; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Let's talk when Google does a recall on the Pixel for exploding batteries.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1509; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Lol, Mxy switches phone camps more frequently than most women change feminine items during their period. Weren’t you defending Samsung to death not too long ago? After hating them? And then loving them again? And then hating them? And then loving Apple? And then hating Apple? And loving Samsung again?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao agreed, aegislash. Even those defending the Pixel like someone in particular here has never owned one, clearly proving that even he knows to stay away from this buggy mess until Google finally gets it right.

10. Jerry19

Posts: 1; Member since: May 05, 2019

Google Pixel 3 mobile already has stirred a great response in the market.It is very trusted mobile brand and looking so good.So special features are also available in this mobile. Thanks

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