Verizon apologizes for late Pixel XL deliveries by shipping a free Daydream VR headset

Verizon apologizes for late Pixel XL deliveries by shipping a free Daydream VR headset
The Google Pixel XL has been in short supply at Verizon. We've passed along some of the stories from those who ordered the 128GB version of the HTC-built device only to find out that they won't get the phone for months. It is frustrating and there is plenty of blame to go around. Verizon, for its part, is trying to placate those who had/have to wait for their Pixel XL to arrive by sending them a free Google Daydream View VR headset.

The regular price of the Daydream VR Headset is $79, although Google is offering it until February 25th at a price of $49. Still, that is not a bad consolation prize to just sit and wait. It might not seem so while you are still using your HTC EVO 3D waiting for your new phone to arrive. But as soon as the Pixel XL is in your sweaty little hands, you'll be glad that you received the headset for free.

Google says that it is working hard to restock the shelves of its partners with all Pixel models, especially with the 128GB Pixel which has proven to be a home run for the search giant. HTC brass is probably happy as well, since it is getting paid to produce the handsets. Remember, HTC first made its name by manufacturing for other companies. Don't forget the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the Nexus One and the T-Mobile G1 were some of the devices that rolled off the manufacturer's assembly line.

If you ordered a Google Pixel XL from Verizon and have been waiting a long time for it to arrive, or if it already was delivered to you months late, you just might get a call from Verizon like our loyal reader did a few weeks ago. If you want to be more aggressive, there is no harm in calling Big Red and asking them to put you down for one of the free Daydream View VR headsets.

source: Reddit via XDA

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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)

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13 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Smh. Both Google and Verizon should be ashamed. Google has been poorly stocking their devices since the Nexus 4. It's ridiculously embarrassing to say the least.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Where does HTC fall in terms of Blame, their Company is slowly falling apart and they took on the large task of building a Mainstream Google Phone

13. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Huh? Slowly falling apart?...

3. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If only Verizon is having these major delays, i would say the blame is Verizon.

4. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

stop blaming people. it is what is is get over yourselves.

5. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I would take a discount in the handset instead.

6. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

This is a $50-80 discount.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It isn't though because not everyone wants the headset. What they could've done was given an option for $50 off or the free headset Valued at $80.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

But Google wants its day dream platform to be successful they are only willing to give a good will if it benefit them, much like what Samsung is doing all along. I receive a lot of freebie from buying their gadgets. I would like to try out the day dream platform but are not able to due to geo restriction on the phone. Google is not interested in global shipment of its phone. Samsung gear VR is the next best thing for me.

11. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I've enjoyed the Gear VR more so than the Google Daydream. Also I can't blame Google for not wanting to make global shipments, they can't even fulfill U.S. Demand

9. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They should sell this phone at the actual price is worth, $399 and not a penny more. Anybody looking to buy a phone should just wait a couple more months to get somewhat of a better smartphone with the G6.

10. Metropolis75

Posts: 197; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

This would explain the tracking email I received this morning. I did receive the phone before the expected delivery date, but the wait was a month.

12. GlenTerra

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2017

I ordered a 128 GB Pixel on Nov 25, 2016 (black Friday) and over time had my delivery date moved all the way out to March 3, 2017. Had a vacation planned out of country thru Feb 15, 2017, so I thought no problem. Of course the date was moved up, and Verizon would not allow a change in delivery address or for Fed-Ex to hold it, so I lost a good deal. Not happy and will probably leave Verizon when I return.

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