Report: Google's Pixel line brightens things up at Verizon

Report: Google's Pixel line brightens things up at Verizon
According to data from research firm Wave 7, it seems like Verizon and Google have a solid hit on their hands with the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Even though the pair were manufactured by HTC, they are the first smartphones designed by Google. Data from Wave 7 indicates that the two Pixel models made up 7.5% of all activations at Verizon during the last month.

Verizon and Google are spending big bucks promoting the handsets. From October 27th through November 2nd, Google spent $15 million on ads for the Pixel and Pixel XL. During that same time period, Verizon spent $12 million on advertising for the same phones. While Verizon has an exclusive on the Pixel phones in the U.S., that didn't stop T-Mobile from offering a 50% refund ($325 USD) to buyers of the unlocked 32GB Pixel who end up activating the phone on T-Mobile

Verizon, as you would expect, is the one U.S. mobile operator that is really taking advantage of the popularity of the Pixel and Pixel XL. Compare the Pixel's 7.5% share of Verizon's activations over the last month, to the 0% to 2% share of activations that the Pixel and Pixel XL are responsible for at other stateside carriers. If AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can start selling the phones over the next few weeks, Wave 7 sees sales of the Pixel and Pixel XL exploding in the U.S. Speaking of the U.S., the phones are now available in the states at Best Buy, the Google Store, and Verizon.

via FierceWireless

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. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Are the Verizon Pixels GSM unlocked?

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've read that there's no difference between the Pixels purchased from Verizon compared to Pixels purchased anywhere else. I had read that Verizon bloatware gets installed once you insert the sim card, but it can be uninstalled... how accurate this is, I do not know for sure.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Thank you!

8. longhorn1127

Posts: 3; Member since: May 28, 2009

I have the Pixel XL from Verizon and that is true that a few bloatware apps are installed and yes, all of them can be uninstalled.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It is universally unlocked.

19. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I was wondering the same thing. I'm tired of being locked to Verizon. If I could get a phone which could be ported to another carrier eventually, I'd seriously think about the pixel (once the price drops, $870 for the XL with 129Gb is crazy).

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It is expensive, but it will probably have several deals just like the Nexus 6P did.

17. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

The Verizon Pixel phones are actually locked to the carrier until you activate them on Verizon. Then they become unlocked. So do not buy one from Verizon unless you have a Verizon SIM to activate it with before bringing it to another carrier.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's nice to see a warm reception to a new branded phone. I have high hopes for the Pixel, it's one of the best phones of the year and it's no secret that it was rushed by Google to make it to market on time. I expect to see a significant leap in features for the 2nd generation release of the phone.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those bezels are awful. And it has terrible sound. The second generation has to be better.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'll agree on the bezels simply because they have no use (i.e. fingerprint scanner or speakers) but how did you come to that conclusion regarding sound?

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Was in a tech review on YouTube.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Was it Pocketnow's "Real audio" review?

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

MKBHD I believe it was.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Almost all the reviews talk about bad sound reproduction, but it's mostly about the speaker. I have yet to see/read reviews on sound through headphones though. Looks like Pixel(XL) is the Android phone to beat this year.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The speakers are actually better sounding than the 6P's and S7's But they don't get as loud as the 6P's or HTC 10, iP7, ... And there's only one and its bottom firing Hence many complains, since its in several ways worse than the 6P's The DAC is great, same as on the HTC 10 But the AMP is average, same as on the Mi5S If you use low impedance earbuds/headphones you won't have any issues But if you have higher impedance headphones I may need an external amp to get the full experience

22. megalosdog

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

So you actually think that the bezels have no use at all? Empty inside too huh?

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

They are almost same as iphone.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, its the best representations of an optimal Android experience.

13. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's the same unlocked pixel everyone is selling. And while AT&T doesn't officially support Lte advance, it does stop it from achieving unmatched download and upload speeds

15. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

i know taste is subjective but this phone looks really ugly and that boring stock android OMG....and it's really weird that with those 15millions on ads the only places i seem to see this phone are on tech blogs

18. libra89

Posts: 2293; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I have to give them props, I have various people in my life who actually know about the Pixel and they aren't into tech at all!

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Verizon loves to bloat there phones. At least you can uninstall them. Hope it doesn't just hide them. Hate that crap. Need to get Pixel to other carriers. Why limit your sales?

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