T-Mobile today put out an announcement touting the 4G LTE speeds of Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on its network and also seemingly confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. “Verizon may be the exclusive carrier to sell the Pixel, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with their slower network, higher prices and lousy customer service,” said T-Mo.
Tomorrow is the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL event, so we’ll learn more about their availability then. By the sound of this T-Mobile announcement, though, it sounds like T-Mo won’t be offering them directly. The good news is that Google also sells its smartphones unlocked in its own online store, so you should be able to buy a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from Google and bring it onto T-Mobile if you’d like.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s announcement doesn’t mention any sort of deal for customers that do bring a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL onto T-Mo’s network. With both the original Pixel models and the second gen versions, T-Mobile offered $325 for customers who bought an unlocked model and used them on T-Mo. There is still a chance that T-Mobile will announce a similar deal tomorrow or shortly after Google’s event, though, so stay tuned.
T-Mobile also took this opportunity to tout the 4G LTE speeds of the previous generation Pixel phones on its network. Ookla Speedtest data for Q3 2018 showed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL put up the fastest average 4G LTE download and upload speeds on T-Mobile, with Verizon coming in second, AT&T in third, and Sprint in fourth.
Are you thinking about buying a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL for use on T-Mobile?