Google Pixel and Pixel XL are exclusive to Verizon in the U.S.

Google and Verizon announced today that the new Google Pixel handsets will be carrier exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. An unlocked version of the handset will be available in the Google Store. Verizon is offering the 32GB version of the 5-inch Pixel for $27.08 a month over 24 months using Verizon device payment. The full price is $649.99. The 128GB model is priced at $31.24 monthly over 24 months. That works out to a full retail price of $749.99.

The 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL will cost you $32.08 a month for the 32GB model. That works out to a $769.99 full retail price for the device. The 128GB variant will require 24 monthly payments of $36.24, or a one time payment of $869.99. Pre-orders have already started for the two models via Verizon's website. The phones will launch on October 20th.

Pre-order either Pixel model from today through October 19th and Verizon will send you a redemption code for a free Daydream View VR headset. Big Red will issue more details tomorrow. Meanwhile, feel free to watch Verizon's special unboxing video found at the beginning of the story.

source: Verizon 

Related phones

  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)



1. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Ughhh. It's not like most people can just buy an unlocked phone for 700. Great way to limit yourself google.

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Are you f#%King joking me?! WTF

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

my guess is that they wanted the exclusive deal so they wouldnt be slammed by other carriers with the "whats unlimited cloud storage without unlimited data"

4. TBomb

Posts: 1697; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

hmm... Is this Google's first step to getting Verizon to leave Android phones alone? Or is it Google getting Verizon to actually push something besides an iPhone? Or is it just a bad move by Google? Find out next time on "The Mobile World: Mobile Rules"

13. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, will it have all of Verizon's crapware on it?

14. Phoenity

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

yes, look at the video a around 00:55 and you can see his app tray, which includes VZW mesenger and My Verizon

16. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My Verizon is actually useful for billing and usage. But VZW messenger? When Google has a perfectly good Messenger? No thank you.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But since there pre-installed on the rom, that probably means that updates will be held up by Verizon. Bad move, Google.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's the billion dollar question.......

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Just got off the phone with the Google Store. So how it works is, if you buy a Pixel phone from Verizon, you'll have the same experience as if you bought a Note 7 or V20 from them. It'll be carrier locked to Verizon, updates will go through Verizon, and I'd imagine there will also be Verizon bloat as well. The only benefits that I can see with buying it through Verizon is you'd have access to WiFi calling, which you don't get with a phone not sold through Verizon, and a free Daydream VR. Now, if you buy the phone unlocked through Google, it will work just like it did with the 5x/6p. It will work on all US carriers, updates come straight from Google, but no WiFi calling on Verizon. And now that Google is offering device payment plans, you won't have to shell everything out at once like you did for the 5x/6p (unless you went through Fi). I'd imagine Verizon sales of the devices are going to be minimal. There really is no benefit to buying a Pixel over a Galaxy or any other carrier locked device. It's locked down and slow updates due to Verizon interference.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I guess any carrier involvement is a benefit to Google. There are still plenty of people out there who buy phones from carrier stores and don't know Google sells directly from the Google store. But those kinds of people tend to get sold a Galaxy S. If it's fully Verizon compatible, I might consider buying it from Google. But this isn't the bargain the Nexus 6P was last year.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hrm. And I'm guessing the unlocked version will be GSM only, just like the Moto Z lineup. Big question... who will control the software updates, Google or Verizon? If it's Verizon, HELL NO. That's why I went Nexus in the first place.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

If it's anything like the Galaxy nexus. This will not go well. Unless they took the Apple approach. The phone will be screwed if they didn't. It will be very easy to tell once released. Carrier bloat equals a screwed phone with slow updates.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

No, buying unlocked through the Google Store is just like it was for the 5x/6p, unlocked for all US carriers, CDMA and GSM, and updates straight from Google. The Verizon version is carrier locked to Verizon, updates come through Verizon, and will include Verizon bloat. This was per a sales rep at the Google Store.

30. Justtobeclear

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Directly from someone who works with Verizon...we don't lock our phones. Haven't for almost a year.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Dumb move, Google. Why limit phones that have unlimited cloud storage to a network that caps data, and cost more to boot?

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Terrible move Google. You killed it before it even got out the gate. Not to mention you pick the most corrupt carrier there is. Verizon go f yourself. Never again. Can you hear that?

17. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Or, they chose the most powerful carrier in hopes of getting the phone attention. Which is still silly in the age of the Galaxy S, iPhone, LG G... And if past is prologue, it will just get lost in the crowd while Apple, Samsung and Droid command premium wall space.

28. alexisanigger

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

Well you sir apparently made of nigger blood

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sorry. These are not Galaxy class phones. That is to high of a price and only on VZW too. Google is not serious about competing in this market. They will be lucky if they even sell 200,000 of them. I rather check out another brand.

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Google can keep its

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The Nexus days of $399 off contract are way gone...LOL!!! Google wants your profits, just like Apple. Essentially they are saying pay up!

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The phone didn't seem like it was going to be a big hit by

24. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Price = prestige. Google never decided whether Nexus stood for developer pricing (One, GNex), bargain pricing (4, 5, 7), or competitive but still premium (6P). It's been up and down over the years. They've decided Pixel will be premium, and priced it accordingly, but it's a big risk.

22. whattabetch

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Lmao. We waited for this? Google's disillusionment is embarrassing. Next.

23. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Well there goes any idea on getting it

25. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I thought tge specs were underwhelming. If Verizon is the only choice, it's a non-starter. I stick to my S7 Edge.

26. blackadamFTW

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

Unbelievable! If this is going to be an iPhone competitor why limit yourself to Verizon? Practically no one on AT&T or T-Mobile is going to buy it for 700 bucks off contract. Such a dumb move.

27. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


29. shnibz

Posts: 519; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

WTF Google!? Whyyyyyyyy

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