September 30, 2023

Google quietly revealed that it’s not providing Pixel Cross subscriptions for brand spanking new or improve Pixel {hardware} purchases.

“We’re centered on providing the perfect worth of our {hardware} merchandise whereas giving customers the pliability to buy their favourite companies,” a Google Assist doc notes of the change. “We won’t offer Pixel Cross subscription to new subscribers right now. [If you are] an present subscriber, you’ll be able to proceed with the period of your present Pixel Cross subscription, which is 2 years from when your Pixel Cross system shipped. You will be unable to improve to a brand new cellphone with Pixel Cross on the finish of the two-year time period.”

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I’m guessing that lots of you had been unaware of this providing, which was solely out there within the U.S. beforehand. However Google launched Pixel Cross alongside its Pixel 6 household in October 2021, combining a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Professional with Most well-liked Care guarantee protection, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Google One with 200 GB of storage, and Google Play Cross (a subscription video games providing) for $45 (Pixel 6) or $55 (Pixel 6 Professional) per thirty days over two years. This represented a financial savings of as much as $294 over that point interval, although it’s unlikely that many patrons wished or wanted all of these companies. (Google Fi prospects additionally obtained a $5 month-to-month credit score, leading to a financial savings of as much as $414.)

It’s potential given the net companies worth hikes which can be dogging our business proper now that this providing is not possible for Google. But it surely’s curious to me that Google by no means expanded the plan, not simply to different international locations, however to incorporate completely different tiers with completely different companies bundles and on-line storage allotments. For instance, Apple provides a number of completely different tiers of its related Apple One subscription, and that firm has seen nice success with its companies enterprise total.

In any occasion, Google will proceed renewing the varied companies included in Pixel Cross when that subscription ends at a “discounted fee” that can be disclosed subsequent month. And it’s providing some energetic Pixel Cross subscribers a $100 Google Retailer credit score as a goodbye current.

“As a thanks for being a subscriber, we’re including $100 in Google Retailer credit score to your account,” the e-mail from Google reads. “It’s good for two years and can be utilized on any Google Retailer buy.”