Saturday , February 24 2018

If you want a Google Pixel or Pixel XL from Telstra, you can pre-order now

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Telstra has been announced as the exclusive carrier partner for Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL in Australia, and if you’re an existing customer, or wanting to become one, you can now pre-order the new phones through Telstra’s website.

The links aren’t showing on Telstra’s front page as yet, but we’ve got them here for you anyway:

Telstra’s offerings start at $85 a month for the Pixel, and $92 a month for the Pixel XL on the Telstra S(mall) plan, and the prices go up from there. You can view the full details on Telstra’s site using the links above.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

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21 Comments on "If you want a Google Pixel or Pixel XL from Telstra, you can pre-order now"

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Ausdroid Reader

I am hoping the silence of Optus and Virgin means they are keen to stock this phone, but can’t because of the deal with Telstra. Fingers crossed once the exclusive deal is off they jump onboard and stock it. Telstra plans look terrible. Pay a premium for a bunch of junk don’t even want.

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Matt
Wow just had a look at Telstra plans. and they seem stupid. 6 months free Apple Music and free streaming along with 200 GB One Drive storage for a Google phone where the ‘ideal’ use is Google Play Music and Google Drive. Yes I have a Windows PC but no I already pay for Google Drive additional storage and I’m not interested in One Drive (minor use). I also already have Google Play Music / YT Red and would never consider swapping to Apple Music. Then compare to Optus new plans with higher overall data allowances and free music streaming… Read more »
Carrie
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Carrie

Pixel phones are now available for a discount only at PixelPhoneDeals;com

Fiona
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Fiona

Do phones from Telstra still have Telstra bloatware?

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Luke Vesty

Literally came here to ask the same question. And will they be delaying updates?? If so, I’m headed to the Google store.

Yogaretnam
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Got my Nexus 5X from Telstra and there was no bloatware

Ausdroid Reader

Absolutely hopeless. Having the most expensive carrier as an exclusive means Google cuts out the majority of the market. Real pity since Telstra are so overpriced. Looks like no Pixel for me

Jaime Bricalli
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Jaime Bricalli

Hi, I just did the math… Telstra is actually cheaper than the Google store over 2 years.

Telstra L Plan
XL – 2years plan – $2736, $114 p/m
PX – 2years plan – $2376, $99 p/m

Google Store
XL – $1269
PX – $1079

On Telstra BYO 10GB – $70 p/m
XL – 2years byo – $2949
PX – 2years byo – $2759

I assume they’re getting a deal from Google, being exclusive and all.

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Luke Vesty

Go to the Google store!

Ausdroid Reader

Can’t afford $1200 up front for a phone. I prefer contracts

AkIRA_22
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AkIRA_22

Also $150 New phone feeling mean Pixel 2 for a steal.

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Luke Vesty

Fair enough.

Andrew
Valued Guest

For the XL plan it works out to be roughly $62 pet month after the price of the phone is taken out. Still too much for me (currently paying $40 a month in Boost Mobile).

Lets hope there’s a sale on before Christmas

Ams
Valued Guest

Yes but how will software updates be handled???

Daniel Tyson
Ausdroid Editor

Same as current Nexus – i.e Google will supply the update and Telstra will test it before giving Google the go ahead to push it to devices. So, yes, there will be delays.

Ausdroid Reader
Luke Vesty

Fail. Absolute bloody FAIL. I can’t believe we still have to put up with this while Apple customers get special treatment. It’s at a point where the ACCC needs to intervene. Unacceptable.

smA
Valued Guest

Do you know if it’s the same process if you purchase from a retailer (i.e. google store or JB hifi etc.) but use it with a Telstra sim?

Ausdroid Reader

Will be the same (my experience it has).
Nexus 5x (from JB) still waiting for September security update and Nougat update … telstra sim is likely suspect.

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Darren

Yes it will. I have a Nexus 5 bought from Google Play and one of the updates was delayed. Popped in my wife’s SIM and it became immediately available though. So it is based on the SIM. Telstra staff in the local shop had no idea about it and probably thought I was just stupid when I asked them about it.

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Luke Vesty

I don’t believe that’s true. My Nexus 5 always gets prompt updates and I have a Telstra sim.

Ausdroid Reader

Ditto. If you buy it through Telstra on a plan you’ll get delayed updates, if you get it elsewhere you’ll be fine. If it were tied to the sim then Telstra would have to approve every OS update for every phone that was using it’s network – that is not happening and will not ever happen. Think Xiaomi or Umi are running their updates through Telstra? No… Telstra can barely manage with what they have let alone everybody’s individual handsets…

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