Report: T-Mobile to display the Google Pixel in stores, but won't sell it

Report: T-Mobile to display the Google Pixel in stores, but won't sell it
You might remember that T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a big deal about the Google Pixel working perfectly on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. While the Pixel and the Pixel XL are both Verizon exclusives, T-Mobile offered a deal that returned half the price of a 32GB Pixel (in bill credits) to anyone activating the phone on T-Mobile. The Pixel does support many of the features found on the carrier's network including VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling and HD voice.

According to a report, either today or tomorrow T-Mobile will announce that it will display the Google Pixel in its retail stores, although the phone will not be sold there. Nor will the Pixel be available for purchase on T-Mobile's website either. If a T-Mobile customer sees the phone on display and inquires about it, he/she will be told by reps to complete the purchase of the phone from the Google Store (with a little help from the T-Mobile salesman), or from Best Buy. In both situations, the customer will be told about T-Mobile's Pixel promotion.

There are many questions about this. Will T-Mobile display only the 32GB Pixel since that is the model featured in its deal? Is the carrier getting ready to offer the Pixel itself? Does Verizon's exclusivity end on a certain date? How many licks does it take to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop?  It is possible that this is just another promotion drummed up by T-Mobile's marketing department and perhaps we shouldn't make too much about it. Still, it is a clever way for T-Mobile to piggy back on the success of a phone it cannot sell, in order to sign up more subscribers. In addition, Verizon can't be terribly happy with all of this, which is probably considered by T-Mobile CEO Legere to be the cherry on top.


source: AndroidPolice

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22 Comments

1. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What a ugly and boring phone. Wow.

4. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

actually its the best Android powered handset available

6. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

If by best, you mean lackluster uninspiring design and severe lack of any sort of features that justify the high price point, then sure.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Amen!

10. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The price is not justified to you but since people are buying the phone the price is justified to them.

11. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Yup Only the jackless iPhone7 can well compete with the Pixel on that.

18. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

What would be a feature rich phone at the same price point for you?

9. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Best Android phone software-wise. No where near hardware-wise. Samsung and LG have a pretty good mix of both which justifies their cost. In "Android land" the Pixel is a bit overpriced compared to what the competition has.

12. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Best Android phone software-wise' ????? What???? ROTFL

13. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Tell us.......what is the "best" Android software wise? I'm gonna tell you this as to not hurt your feelings, but if you say "The Samsung....." I'm going to die laughing while persecuting you mercilessly for your folly. Samsung's display better than the Pixel's? Yep. Samsung's camera than the Pixel's? Probably. Samsung's software better than the Pixel's? Hell no......are you on coke? Inb4: How do you know I was gonna say Samsung's? Because you're Richard Yarell level delusional regarding what they offer, to the point you still blame everyone else for the Note debacle, except Samsung. Any more questions?

20. aegislash

Posts: 1437; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oh my god Kiko....I remember Richard Yarell! His usernames on several tech sites have been 'galaxynote3isboss', 'galaxynote4isboss', etc each year. I wonder how he's coping after the Note7 incident...perhaps this is why we haven't heard from him? The stress led him to an early grave.

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

One plus 3t is better imo. It looks better, performs better and is way cheaper than the pixel. The google pixel looks like a cheap low end device from an unknown brand. For me it looks like a phone that google made no effort in making, yeah they did focus on the specs and performance but other than that, there is nothing interesting about this phone

2. shnibz

Posts: 505; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

That's dumb

3. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

like an Apple Store displaying the s7

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why would Apple display a competitors superior product?

22. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That LAST thing Apple wants is people to be able to compare the design of the iPhone 7+ to the S7 Edge side by side.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That'll be next year, apparently. Except they're going to call it the iPhone 8.

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Atleast its something

15. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

They may be doing it in good favor for google so they can get the pixel 2 instead of Verizon getting it only which is just completely stupid on googles part

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah Google. Should offer on all networks from beginning. Hope you do it right next year. Verizon is over price and over rated. They know what they can do.

17. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Just buy it unlocked. I'm using a Verizon one with an Att sim

19. rsiders

Posts: 1863; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Plot twist: T-Mobile sells the Google Pixel in time for the holidays. Just wait.lol

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