We all know Google for its search engine, but the internet giant is also making a name for itself in the cell phone industry too. Somewhat new to wireless tech, Google has stepped up its game after creating their own cell phone company, Google Fi.
In Google’s phone lineup, there are 10 Google Pixels:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 4 XL
These phones will work with every major carrier, but only Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and a few smaller carriers sell them. So if you want to buy a Google Pixel and use it with AT&T, you’ll have to buy one outright and switch.
Buying a Google phone isn’t a bad decision to make. This guide will walk you through what plans are available for Google Pixel, and help you decide which one is best for you.
To use your Pixel with another carrier you’ll have to buy it outright and switch to your preferred network
Take Your Google Pixel to Another Carrier
No matter where you buy your Google Pixel, you can bring your own (BYO) Pixel to other carriers as long as you own it. Google Pixel’s are compatible with every major carrier and many smaller carriers too, but before you buy one make sure you can take it where you want to by checking with your preferred carrier first.
Google Pixel 4 and 4XL Plans
Released in October, 2019, Google Pixel 4 and 4XL are Google’s flagship devices. These highly-anticipated smartphones have some of the best features an Android phone can have, including Motion Sense, which allows you to control your phone with a simple wave of your hand, a smarter-than-ever Google Assistant, an additional rear camera, enhanced Night Sight, which enables you to take super clear photos of the night sky, and more. These phones are available from all four major carriers—Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint—as well as Google Fi and Spectrum Mobile.
Google Pixel 4 Plans
Google Pixel 4 XL Plans
Google Pixel 3a Pixel 3a XL Plans
Released in May 2019, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are causing quite a stir online as Google is working to compete with Apple and Samsung to create a phone that consumers must have. The new release of the 3a and 3a XL also spawned new sales of the device—before only Verizon and GoogleFi sold Google devices, now Sprint AND T-Mobile sell Google Pixel phones.
Google Pixel 3a Plans
Google Pixel 3a XL Plans
Google Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL Plans
As the second-most recent Google phones on the market, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the brand’s most expensive and technologically advanced phones, featuring Google’s latest Android software. They are compatible with most carriers, but you can only buy them from a few including Verizon, Page Plus, and Google Fi.
Google Pixel Plans
As you’re researching the other Pixels, keep in mind that your options to buy one depends on which generation you want (first, second, or third) and the amount of internal storage. For instance, you can only buy the 128GB Google Pixel 2 from smaller carriers like Mint Mobile and Page Plus—and unless you buy it outright, you will have to stick with them until your phone is fully paid off.
When you use a prepaid plan, you pay for your service beforehand. Because carriers don’t require service contracts anymore there isn’t a huge benefit to using them. However, some smaller carriers (know as MVNOs) only offer prepaid plans, so that may be your only option depending on which carrier you choose.
When you purchase a postpaid plan, you pay for your service after you use it. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint offer these types of plans and generally offer unlimited talk and text and a specified data package. The price of the plan depends on how much data you want and any extra features you want which vary carrier-to-carrier.
Buy a Google Pixel
When it comes to getting your hands on a Google Pixel, you can do that in two ways:
Sign up for monthly payments Or buy the phone outright.
With monthly payments, you can enjoy smaller bills over time in comparison to one large bill. For instance, if you buy the 128GB Google Pixel 2 XL with Verizon’s monthly payment program, you’ll have 24 monthly bills of $39.60 (which adds up to the original $950 price tag). If you don’t have the cash to spare upfront, monthly payments can take some financial stress out of buying a phone.
Keep in mind that you will have to stay with your carrier until your phone is fully paid off which could take up to two years
If you buy one from a smaller carrier, you will likely buy it through Affirm. Affirm is a third-party financing company that can charge you up to 30% interest over the length of your payments based on your credit. This means you could end up paying more money than the phone is worth. Depending on which Pixel phone you finance, you could pay up to $200 more dollars over the course of 12-months.
If you buy a phone outright, you own it right away and can take it with you to whichever carrier you please (as long as it’s compatible). Buying outright also makes your monthly payments smaller because you aren’t paying for your phone over time.