Google has announced the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL at an event yesterday. Needless to say, both the devices will be available on multiple carriers and the carriers will also push the sales of the device with offers. I had an impression that both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL were exclusive to the Verizon, however, it turns out that is indeed true but T-Mobile has found a new way to poach Pixel customers. The company has already started promoting the Pixel 2 phones on their network.
In order to appease the users, T-Mobile is offering to pay half the price of 64GB Pixel 2 provided that you activate a line with them. The way these deal works is interesting, all you need to do is buy the device from anywhere, Google or even Verizon. Within 30days opt to port out for a new line and sign up for T-Mobile ONE. Once the connection is validated T-Mobile will email you a MasterCard with $325 in exchange!
Buying it from Verizon doesn’t make much sense since you would have already paid for their line. In case you opt for the $749 Pixel 2, you will be getting less than half of what you paid but it’s nevertheless a good offer. Its Typical of T-Mobile to take potshots at the Verizon and AT&T for their slow network. This seems more or less like a desperate revenge by T-Mobile for leaving them out of the Pixel 2 party.
The program is named “Bring your Own Device” and it stands well for both new and old Pixel devices. Apart from mentioning that the new users have to port within 30-days of purchase, T-Mobile hasn’t announced a deadline for the offer. Premium smartphones like the iPhone, Galaxy S8 and Pixel are often the eye candy for the carriers, invariably the carriers end up subsidising the upfront cost and try to make it up in the due course of usage.