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Google Pixel 3 pre-orders already have delayed arrival dates

By Greg S ยท 8 replies
Oct 10, 2018
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  1. Even though Google has just opened up pre-orders to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL yesterday, those hoping to get one soon may be faced with slightly delayed shipments. October 18 is the first day that consumers can get their hands on a device, but according to Google's own store page at checkout, those who did not already order will have to wait an extra few days.

    Even when paying up for expedited shipping, the absolute earliest delivery from the Google Store is now only guaranteed by Tuesday, October 23. It does not appear to matter what color is selected nor whether the phone is purchased as unlocked, for Verizon, or Project Fi.

    Considering the $150 increase given the Pixel 3 over the Pixel 2, it raises the question of whether Google is again facing supply and logistics issues getting their latest devices out on time or if that many people just decided to bite the bullet and pay up. Considering that Google is not offering any promotions to US customers for the time being and the lack of major hardware changes, the former seems more likely.

    Provided you can look past the giant notch and are willing to part ways with nearly $1,000 after taxes, the larger variant may ship out a day later on the 19th. Depending on your location, the Pixel 3 XL is still expected to arrive at similar times to the Pixel 3 just one day later.

    One thing to note is that buying from Verizon and picking up a device in store should be possible on October 18, but may result in receiving a device with a locked bootloader as well as unwanted Verizon apps pre-loaded onto the phone. If you do not know what that is, it probably will not matter to you. For tinkerers and hobbyists interested in loading custom ROMs, buying unlocked is by far the safer option even if it means waiting a little longer.

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  2. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    Why do telecoms bother with cr-aps? Just leave the OS vanilla.
    Greg S likes this.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,964   +1,229

    I NEVER buy a phone on "launch" for several reasons. No matter how much they test, there will almost always be some last minute bugs that appear.
    Also, if the phone isn't selling like hotcakes, look for discounts, and especially this time of year you have the holidays & end of year savings.
    I usually wait for a "next gen" phone, then scoop up last years for about 1/2 price.
    Hexic and OortCloud like this.
  4. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Maniac Posts: 233   +109

    I agree. Its all a scam - a Galaxy S8 looks a good buy at the moment for example. It'll do everything you could want a phone to do with ease and is already less than half the price of a 'flagship' phone
    p51d007 likes this.
  5. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 308   +95

    I don't understand why the black bar at the bottom of the screen?!
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +334

    While I do agree with you, and have held the same belief - unfortunately due to me working off of my phone most of the time now, I need a new one.

    My Pixel 2's battery life flat out sucks, and the screen is entirely too small. Crossing fingers that the Pixel 3 XL isn't a complete clusterfack.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,964   +1,229

    Understand. Battery life is tops to me too...same reason. My phone is how I process all my paperwork. When I got the first Mate 2, it had a 4,000mAH battery, then came the Mate 8, Mate 9, but, after the U.S. government threw them under the bus, I just can't see Huawei supporting the U.S. market, so when the Essential was dumped for less than $300, I picked one up for a "backup". It's been pretty good so far, but the known issue with signal level has been the only real "issue".
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  8. AJC1973

    AJC1973 TS Rookie

    This literally happens every year with google.. it says something a week out, and ships the same day as release. its a place holder until the carrier can give you actual tracking info on ship date
  9. AJC1973

    AJC1973 TS Rookie

    because thats where the other speaker is...

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