Thursday, October 5, 2017

T-Mobile Takes Aim at Verizon's Pixel 2 'Exclusive' -

Google this week took the wraps off of the company's new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones. For whatever reason (a big bag of money from Verizon), Google thought it would be a good idea to make the device a retail "exclusive" for Verizon, even though the device will still technically work on other carriers and can also be bought unlocked directly from Google. Under Verizon's promo for the device, users can get a free Google Home Mini smart speaker -- and $300 off if they trade in another, recent smartphone. Pre-orders for the device begin today for many Verizon Wireless customers.

"With Verizon device payment, the 64 GB Pixel 2 is $27.08 per month for 24 months ($650) and the 128 GB version is $31.24 per month for 24 months ($750), while the 64 GB Pixel 2 XL is $35.41 per month for 24 months ($850) and the 128 GB Pixel 2 XL is $39.58 per month for 24 month ($950)," says Verizon.

But T-Mobile is hoping to rain a little on Verizon's exclusivity parade.

The company has unveiled its own counter offer: buyers that bring their unlocked Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to T-Mobile will get a $325 credit if they switch and sign up for at least one voice line.

The company once again used the opportunity to make fun of the Verizon Wireless network for slowing down after Verizon was forced (by T-Mobile) to bring back unlimited data plans it had spent years telling customers they neither wanted nor needed (they, apparently, did).

"Verizon wants you to use your Pixel 2 on a network that's struggling to keep up with unlimited data. And they claim the Pixel is 'exclusive' -- just like they claim to have a better network," T-mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. "I'm here to tell you it's all BS! The Pixel 2 works great on T-Mobile, and now you can get it for half off when you come to the Un-carrier and #BYOPixel."

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