Getting your hands on a Pixel has turned out to be a challenging task. Many versions of the phone have been sold out at the Google Store since launch, and those who pre-ordered one have had to wait past their expected shipping date.
To try and make amends, Google is reportedly giving out $50 in Play Store money to affected customers. They have taken to Google+ and Reddit to share details of the email, which promises the credit once the phone arrives.
As of Tuesday, all Pixel XL models are still sold out at the Google Store. If you’re a Verizon customer, you may want to hit up Big Red in person and see what’s in stock as the phones are sold carrier unlocked and with only three pre-installed apps that can be removed (the bootloader is locked, however).
There’s also been a scramble by the carriers to offer the best deal on the Pixel. T-Mobile will give you $325 if you bring your Pixel over to its network, while Verizon recently began giving a 20 percent discount to those who use the promo code “SAVE20” at checkout. However, some buyers have been unable to validate it if they’re receiving a corporate discount, so you may want to check with customer service before taking the plunge.
The impact on you: If you’re one of the unlucky few who is waiting for your pre-ordered Pixel from Google, then this $50 gift may show up in your inbox soon. If you haven’t bought one yet, your options may be limited, especially if interest grows with the approaching holiday season.