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T-Mobile confirms that it won't carry the Pixel 3, likely a Verizon exclusive again

Google's phones will like be Verizon exclusives for the third year in a row.

Published onOctober 8, 2018

Pixel 3 XL hands-on video

T-Mobile likes to talk a lot about how fast its network is compared to the competition. So with Google planning to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL tomorrow in NYC, the Uncarrier wanted to take a second and remind everyone that the unlocked models of both flagships will work perfectly on the T-Mobile network.

The main point introduced in T-Mobile’s press release involves new data from Ookla (seen below) showing that the outgoing Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s LTE speeds are faster on its network than on Verizon. For those who rely on 4G data throughout the day, this can be a major selling point and reason to use either phone on T-Mobile.

Ookla Google Pixel 2 Carrier Speed Tests

But by releasing this statement, T-Mobile has confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will not be made available directly from the carrier. And while T-Mobile most likely doesn’t know for sure that Verizon will be selling the phone, if neither handset will be sold through the Uncarrier, chances are Google will be partnering with Verizon for the third year in a row.

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Pixel 3 XL hands on

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get your hands on Google’s latest and greatest if you aren’t on Verizon. Just like with the search giant’s previous phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be sold unlocked through the Google Store and via the company’s carrier, Project Fi.

What do you think about both Pixels being Verizon exclusives again? Do you think Google would sell its phones on every carrier? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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