Delayed Pixel and Pixel XL deliveries direct from Google qualify for free Play Store credit
Android purists accustomed to the traditionally unbeatable quality – pricing ratio of Nexus devices may find the first ever “Made by Google” smartphones a little on the steep side, starting at $650 and $770 with 5 and 5.5-inch displays respectively outright.
Luckily, there’s a bunch of freebies to be had from various retailers and carriers, at least stateside, so at the end of the day, the Pixel and Pixel XL will feel like much better deals than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus they so obviously go after.
Straight off the bat, Google Store pre-orders came with complimentary Daydream View VR headsets, as did early Verizon commitments. Meanwhile, Best Buy promised to hook you up with free second-gen Chromecasts and $100 gift cards, which can now even be combined with T-Mobile’s Bring your Pixel $325 credit offer.
Of course, Magenta welcomes stock Android 7.1 Nougat-based handhelds from every sales channel to America’s fastest-growing network, including those bought directly from Google that are officially delayed due to unexpectedly hot demand.
No reason to be overly frustrated, though, as it appears Big G will reward your patience with an extra $50 Google Play credit free of charge. This should arrive “via email soon after your package is delivered”, which is set to take place in a few weeks tops.