T-Mobile may begin displaying Google Pixel in its stores

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T-Mobile may not be officially carrying the Google Pixel, but T-Mo is making an effort to get consumers to bring their Pixels to the T-Mobile network. Now a report claims that T-Mobile may be making another move to advertise the T-Mo-Pixel combo.

T-Mobile is planning to display the Google Pixel in some retail stores, says Android Police. To be clear, this does not mean that the Pixel will be available for purchase in these stores. It’s expected that the employees will point interested customers to the Google Store or Best Buy if they want to buy a Pixel.

It’s expected that T-Mobile will announce this plan to display the Pixel in stores either today or tomorrow.

Ever since the Google Pixel phones were official, they’ve been advertised as being only available from Verizon, despite the fact that you could buy them unlocked from places like the Google Store and Best Buy. T-Mobile has been fighting back against this marketing, like with its Bring Your Own Pixel offer. Now it sounds like T-Mo will be taking things a step further by advertising the Pixel in its stores, which will help it to reach consumers that might not know about or may have forgotten about the BYOP deal.

Source: Android Police

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  • Walt

    Dumb

  • T-Mobile did the same thing before they officially carried the iPhone – in our store we had an unlocked iPhone on display with a T-Mobile SIM in it just to show that it could be done.

    • Walt

      Why display something you’re not going to sell? With the iphone they planned on selling it. The pixel has no hope of selling via t-mobile

      • ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        • FILA

          right, “Did you buy a Verizon Pixel? Bring it to T-Mobile, we will give you this credit”

        • JohnCorleone

          I can’t get over the people who are just holding on to hope for the Note 7 despite the fact that they are really trying to get every single one returned and some people just won’t trade it in EVEN WITH A $1000 credit and free accessories! I was on a cross country flight the very first day after the “voluntary recall” was announced. The pilot announced that anyone who has the device must power it down until cruising altitude…then it turned into “powered off for the entire flight”…now a Canadian phone company is sending out an update that disables EVERY feature except for the Wi-Fi! It will disable the phone, Bluetooth, etc. I knew that eventually Samsung was going to have a problem like this. They mass produce so many devices and the early run batches always have a problem like “pink tinted screen”, auto brightness broken, system crashes, etc. I had all of the early Galaxy and the Note devices and then they were a large enough company that makes all kinds of tech stuff and they went after the iPhone! I eventually switched to HTC ONE X and I have now had 6 HTC devices 4 different models on different carriers and they ALL still work! But…so does my Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus which was Sprint’s first “LTE” device that never got LTE until the phone was over a year old and that was in a few places! I still love the build quality of that phone though. I use it on Wi-Fi only and change CM13 themes every day! My Nexus S 4G is still perfect as well. Too bad that little phone lost support at 4.2.2…if any of you have the old Galaxy Nexus, when you are bored, flash a new CM13 ROM on it…the split screen/dual app works, everything works and the phone is faster than when it was new!

      • Geoffrey

        They didn’t decide not to sell it. They can’t sell it. But they can show that it works outside of VZW since non techies will assume that its VZW device when it is of course unlocked.

        • Andrew Soukup

          In addition anyone can buy an unlocked version straight from Google. No need to involve Verizon.

        • AJ2

          It is true that the commercials are misleading for people who dont read mobile blogs. It makes it sound like the device only works on Verizon,w which is not true. Tmobile must have research saying customers want the Pixel

      • Andrew Singleton

        there wasn’t always a plan to sell it. 90% of americans dont understand what network locking is, and the iphone held the power, as a vessel for wireless service, to sway a carrier decision based on availability. that’s why tmo did it then and that’s why they should do it now.

  • bill evans

    Waste of space

  • circa476

    Verizon has a limited exclusive on the Pixel. Once that exclusivity agreement expires, its open season. I imagine it will end next month.

    • Andrew Soukup

      I heard it’s 2 years.

  • Ty Christensen

    Please tell me they’re going to sell this soon, my Nexus 4 which I’ve had since it launched over 4 years ago is driving me crazy and my credit is horrible so I can’t finance the Pixel through the play store but I’m on my parents plan for TMo and they have perfect credit so I could get this through TMo with payments!

    • steadymobb

      No you cannot. You can’t do Tmo monthly payments unless they’re selling it with tmobile

      • Ty Christensen

        Thanks captain obvious, read my comment again, I said “please tell me they’re going to sell this”. I didn’t say they’re selling it. Thank you.

  • Makes sense. Show something you’re not selling lol.

    • AJ2

      Well that would be UN carrier like

  • SirStephenH

    Pointless and kind of false advertising. If I walk into a carrier’s store then I expect to be able to purchase any device on display in the store through said carrier.

    • Toasted_Cracker

      Agreed. This is going to confuse a lot of customers and cause the ones that always want something for nothing to show their ass.

      • vikings football

        how will it be confusing if sales rep tells the customers that the device is carrier exclusive to verizon but can be used with tmobile? besides, im sure there will some kind of memo/note next to the display unit…nothing confusing about that LOL

        • Toasted_Cracker

          You’re giving way too much credit to the general public.

  • steadymobb

    Lol “Ohh no, you can’t buy that here you have to go to another store… But you can use it with our network!”

    So dumb

    • Elier Ruiz

      That’s right. Why do it.

    • Andrew Soukup

      They can buy it in the store. It is available online, and they can walk the customer through the purchase. Easy.

      • steadymobb

        That’s not really the same as buying it IN store, and walking away with one.

        • Andrew Soukup

          Agreed. However Pixel is positioning itself to be the “android iphone”. A vertically integrated, all-in-one nickel and dime enterprise. Mobile is killing search revenue so Google needs to “innovate” i.e. jump on the Apple wagon. T-mo sees this playing out and wants to squeeze in even though they were cut out. T-Mo has also repeatedly gone for the throat with Verizon, so it is a great opportunity for synergy of purpose. They piss off Verizon and cement loyalty with early adopters that help shape public opinion in the coming years. Overall it is a much better response than pretending the device does not exist. Looking at you Sprint.

        • JohnCorleone

          I completely agree! I have had a few phones on Sprint, a couple on AT&T (their data caps are brutal and they throttle your speed before you get to the cap! Verizon always has good signal but they really lock down non Google phones plus Verizon and AT&T have major contracts with the intelligence agencies. They share everything…also smaller companies use their towers. Actually, MetroPCS uses the same new towers as T-Mobile so $30 will get you an unlimited everything plan.. I don’t think that you get the Wi-Fi calling and texting though but $30 for the EXACT SAME network T-Mobile is constantly expanding. I want to see if I can take my old Samsung Galaxy Nexus and put it on Metro since that device is actually still getting weekly CM13 builds and they are stable and have every feature the Pixel does if you add Xposed and Assistant enabler

        • AJ2

          Still dont understand why Google would have signed an exclusive with a single carrier if they’re marketing this as a flagship iPhone alternative. It makes absolutely no sense

        • Andrew Singleton

          couldn’t agree more. they really had something.

  • Philip

    Is this the same screen material as the S7 or Note 5?

  • FILA

    Greatest phone since the Nexus 5. Damn I miss my beloved time with my Nexus 5

    • PiCASSiMO

      I’ll sell you mine Nexus 5… 32GB North America variant (D820).

  • gmo8492

    T-Mobile should do this with other BYOD phones like the Axon 7, Huawei Mate 8 and OnePlus 3. It could be an interesting view at how this marketing strategy can lure more buyers away from locked down networks like Verizon.

    • KMB877

      And, they may help BYOD phones with wi-fi calling application.

      • PiCASSiMO

        That would be AWESOME. My wife’s Axon A1 could certainly use WiFi calling in her office at work.

    • Andrew Singleton

      The deal only exists because it’s a major phone launch + an exclusive deal at verizon. TMO is just sending a message to the public that the device is fully compatible and you dont have to get verizon to have it. ZTE and Huawei don’t have the power to sway a carrier decision yet!

  • smacsteve

    I bought a Pixel XL from Google Play Store and when I went to active it I found that not only is there a known issue with the Pixel on T-Mobile’s network, but also it doesn’t support Channel 12, T-Mobile’s most significant LTE Band! So here I have a Pixel that works in HSPA+ at best! Fortunately I have a Verizon line for work that I’m able to use it on quite well!

    • Hmm…this is the first I’ve heard this. No issues with the Pixel XL in my use, also band 12 is not something a phone HAS to have. It’s used for getting through certain walls and buildings, but NOT needed. 2/4 are the MAIN bands for T-Mobile, so I don’t understand why you would be on HSPA+ full time instead of LTE. Band 12 is NOT the the reason you do not have LTE, no way.

      • smacsteve

        As I said. The Pixel has a known issue with getting LTE on band 4 and I went through 3 SIM cards over as many days and talked to 2 techs on TMO Customer Support and nothing worked.

        • JohnCorleone

          Sometimes the people who work in the stores do the “quick programming” on phones. It has happened to me before and I had to call tech support and go through the full initial programming setup

    • UniBroW

      The Pixel has band 12

    • KMB877

      Silly question – are you keeping Wi-Fi on?

    • PiCASSiMO

      Interesting…so in your Pixel XL unit you happen to not get LTE Band 12 along with spotty LTE Band 4. But the actual Pixel and Pixel XL is capable of supporting both 4 and 12 LTE bands.

      https://madeby.google.com/phone/specs/

      North America
      GSM: Quad-band GSM
      UMTS/WCDMA: B 1/2/4/5/8
      CDMA: BC0/BC1/BC10
      TD-SCDMA: N/A
      FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
      TDD LTE: B 41
      LTE 2xCA: B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41

      LTE 3xCA: B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12, B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41

    • themak

      Don’t spread false information, it does work with TMO and supports band 12.

  • Allen Alberto Enriquez

    It could be that their preparing to have have it some time next year while doing this ad thing to generate clients towards Google products. Crossing my fingers

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  • neospade44

    Just sell the Pixel already. I’d get 2 as soon as they’re out.

    • AJ2

      It might not be a decision Tmobile can just make because Google signed an exclusive contract with Verizon

  • Paul Garrison

    I say just wait until you can actually carry the thing. A customer walks into the T-Mobile store and see the Pixel and loves it, but learns that he either has to purchase it elsewhere or go to Verizon to use monthly payment. You could lose customers with this tactic.

    • Andrew Soukup

      They could help the customer purchase it through Google there at the store. T-Mo has some of the best trained staff in regard to tactical logistics.

      • steadymobb

        LOL yeah – sure

      • NapoPeb

        I guess the 6-8 week wait will go down just fine with them eh?

  • Mike

    Guess they display the phone just to piss off verizon. Buy it through google project fi and save.

    • Andrew Singleton

      customers are crazy about it, actually. reps are educated and curious enough to be able to speak to it’s quality and it could really help business combined with tmo’s $325 back offer.

      • AJ2

        I dont have a Pixel but a Nexus with Project Fi. I kept looking to see if Tmoblie has any offers for a single person bringing their own phone & they dont. So Project Fi is still a great deal given my usage.

        • Andrew Singleton

          all tmo plans are always independant of device purchase, so don’t hold your breath. right now, if you purchase a pixel and bring it to t-mobile on the $70 unlimited plan, they will give you $13.54 per month discount, for 24 months, to pay you back for half of it. $56/m for unlimited data + north america is a deal if you ask me!

  • samsung freud

    Kinda reminds me of that old christmas movie with James Deans girlfriend where they tell everyone to shop at other stores for xmas presents that they don’t sell.

  • Andrew Singleton

    as an employee, i am SO regretful we didn’t carry this device. steady stream of customers asking about it every day.

  • vinnyjr

    Bad move on T-Mobile, should have stocked the Google Pixel. Very popular device.

    • AJ2

      Google made a deal with Verizon for some strange reason, considering they put money into marketing this as a Google flagship and iPhone alternative

      • NapoPeb

        Strange? You jest, surely? It’s clear as crystal why Google made the (correct) decision to pair with VZW.

        Their previous phones simply did not capture the attention of anyone outside of knowledgeable buyers, who are a distinct minority.

        For Google’s flagship phone to be successful it needed to be in the #1 carrier store where people still continue to buy their mobile phones from.

        And surprise, it’s worked. The Pixel is a success story!

        • Panzer

          By that Logic every Motorola phone would be outselling iphones. Carrier exclusivity is just BS. They limited it to Verizon out of fear of failure so they let Verizon cut them a check to off set the risk.

        • NapoPeb

          No. That was not my logic. My logic was that a phone does far better sold in a carrier store than direct from the manufacturer.

          The Moto phones wouldn’t have sold at all had they not been in VZW retail stores.

          That you don’t get this is concerning.

        • Panzer

          Than you’re point was poorly made as both the Nexus 5 and 6 (not sure about the 5x/6p) were sold in retail stores including Verizon.

        • NapoPeb

          Right, but they were also sold by other carriers and hardly promoted. I take your point on that though.

        • Yes they were but Verizon didn’t advertise them at all, because they weren’t exclusive to Verizon. The Pixel is–hence, Verizon pools all of their advertising budget into it, spawning hundreds of billboards and several TV ads, as well as front and center views in all Verizon stores (there’s even signs on the front door advertising it).

          That’s why having Verizon exclusivity was actually a good thing for the Pixel; it got its name out there. Next year the other carriers will want a slice of that pie, which will further boost the exposure of the Pixel brand.

        • jonzey231

          The Nexus 5 was not sold in stores by Verizon lol. It supported CDMA but only Sprint’s bands…

        • Panzer

          The 5 wasn’t but the 6 was.

        • jonzey231

          I know, which is why I said, “The Nexus 5 was not sold in stores by Verizon…”

  • AJ2

    It should offer people a couple hundred dollars credit in installments if they bring their Pixel to Tmobile

  • el_perezo

    This us a bullcrap deal. You need to read the fine print. I paid full price at Best Buy for a Pixel XL to use on T-Mobile and take advantage of the promo. But what does T-Mobile do to a 10 year customer and someone who has spend thousands of dollars on their phones. They deny me the promo because im not on a T-Mobile One plan nor wished to change to one.

  • Panzer

    I don’t buy it for a second; who displays a phone they don’t sell? T-mobile will be selling the pixel by summer 2017 mark my words.