If you’re among the 3 to 4 million people predicted to buythe (silently) HTC-manufacturedPixel or Pixel XL through the end of the year, andlive in the US, you have a pretty decent slew of network options.
Upon purchasing either phone unlocked from the Google Store or various third-party retailers, you’re completely free to activate it on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Project Fi, or even Republic Wireless.
Like everyone elsebesides Big Red, RW doesn’t technically “carry” the stock Android 7.1 Nougat-powered5 and 5.5-inchers, welcoming them however extremely early to the recently launched “Bring Your Own Phone” (BYOP) program.
Once you bring the Google Pixel or Pixel XL to Republic Wireless, you’re asked to pay $5 for a SIM card, and can then sign up to a monthly plan as affordable as $15. Similar to Project Fi, this is a WiFi-first mobile virtual network operator, boasting a reputation for the “industry’s leading” such innovator, with advanced hybrid WiFi/cellular calling features and Adaptive Coverage technology.
Whenever a conventional cellular connection is needed, Sprint andT-Mobile’s towers are accessed, ensuring you get solid coverage essentially anywhere nationwide. All in all, this rapid expansion is unlikely to substantially broaden the mainstream appeal of the Pixel duo, but it never hurts to have options.