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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will go on-sale on the 31st of October at Telstra and JB Hi-Fi

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t yet on-sale or up for pre-order in Australia but thanks to those pesky internal memos we have a date for when they’ll be in-store: October 31st.

The information comes from our own source who sent through the memo from Telstra – the exclusive Australian carrier partner for the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL – which was sent out to staff to prep them for the on-sale date for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This date has been corroborated by a screenshot from a JB HiFi group chat which was sent to Lifehacker last week about the launch date of the Pixel 2 – but no mention was made of the Pixel 2 XL, but now it seems both will be available on October 31st.

JB HiFimore

The pre-orders go live for Telstra on October 20th, which was announced after the Pixel event last week. Pre-orders will all be eligible for the free Google Home Mini, and now we have a date for when the orders will actually be in hands. Unfortunately we don’t have any plan information for the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL as yet, but we’re working on it.

Do you have any information on pricing or plans for the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL? Let us know.

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    • Very likely. I'm forseeing October 20th that Google opens up the Google Store for Pre-orders and JB/Telstra do in-store/online pre-orders. October 31st people 'Get' the devices, though obviously some may get them early due to shipping.

    • Somewhat faster support depending on scale. JB is literally right there, Google is a phone call and a courier away. Then again, issues down the track seemed to have been handled better by Google than the retail side of things.

  • Any word on how easy an upgrade will be for those with a Pixel on Telstra with the "Telstra new phone feeling" add-on? Should be able to just walk into the store and upgrade on the 31st right?

    • As long as you've passed your 12 month date (12 months into your contract), and the handset you hand back to Telstra still meets the 'in good working order' T&C's (no physical or liquid damage) then yeah sure. Depending on stock levels though it may be difficult.

    • Might want to talk to Telstra in generic terms about the update. I've never actually been involved with the New Phone Feeling plan.

  • Looks like captca only fails when replying to "", anyway here is my reply:

    JB will probably only have the 32 GB (lowest capacity) versions which is the only reason I have never bought one from them.

    • Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL have base 64GB storage. There is no 32GB model. JB did range the 32GB and 128GB Pixel and Pixel XL last year.

  • The information I have in regards to the launch of pixel 2 in Australia is that the prices are too high. I don't understand how this will help android if they've made a high premium price barrier between people and their stock os which is the best way to experience android in my opinion. RIP NELXUS. I'm really at a loss as to how to rectify this situation when I plan to upgrade

    • Moto X4 maybe or the Xiaomi Android One phone? I just wish Google offered the payment plan in Australia as I really don't want to sign up with Telstra for a 24 month plan and I'm not real keen on dropping $1400 for an outright purchase either.

  • And I guess they won't be Telstra blue ✅ tick? If not then Note 8 (or Mate 10 pro) is the only choice for my Note 5 upgrade.

  • Dan, any idea on whether Telstra or JB might have devices instore to play with/look at before the pre-order finishes on launch day like they do in the US?

    • From talking to a few JB staff it doesn't appear so. Seems to come down to timing of when the stores get devices. Sydney/Melbourne may be able to but outliers like Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart may have to wait until the day they go on-sale.

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