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Google Offering $150 Gift Cards to Chromebook Pixel Owners Robbed of Free Verizon Data

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If you bought a Chromebook Pixel with LTE within the last year, there is a chance that you were supposed to receive free data from Verizon for two years to the tune of 100MB per month. According to a number of Pixel users, that promotion stopped out of no where recently, even though the Pixel is only about a year old. In other words, Pixel owners aren’t receiving the 2nd year of free data.

So what’s the deal? Well, apparently, Verizon cut off the deal without notice to anyone, which as you can imagine, pissed some people off. 100MB of free data isn’t much, but a deal is a deal. 

A stink was made over the situation over the last couple of days, prompting Google to come to the rescue even though this problem was created by someone else. Computerworld’s JR Raphael got in touch with Google PR who told him that they would be offering users $150 credits for users who purchased a Pixel during the 2-year data deal. The spokesperson said, while this was “outside of our control, we appreciate that this issue has inconvenienced some of our users.”

Good on you, Google.

Verizon, meanwhile, is still looking into the situation.

The $150 credits will come in the form of a Visa gift card that can be spent on just about anything. To initiate the process, Pixel owners will need to get in contact with Google Play support. You can reach them here.

Via:  Computerworld
  • a) youth.in.asia

    They’re still chapped they didn’t get the NEXUS 5, so they take it out on the Pixel owners

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  • Tee

    Verizon. What a sh*t company with a huge user base. I would love to see what would happen to them if existing customers grandfathered with unlimited data lost it…

    I’m glad I don’t have to use Verizon.

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    • stalinsucks

      get out of here you commie bastard

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    My data is still free with my Pixel. Dont know why everyone is mad. Im on the second year and its free.

    • Adrynalyne

      Probably because it isn’t for everyone? I can’t imagine why they would be happy that you have free data when others do not.

  • http://terminal-interface.com/ Migamix

    Verizon has done nothing but screw Google, yet they still make deals with them. Google needs to cut and run. let Samsung and other companies continue to be screwed by them. when is a large hardware company going to say, screw you Verizon, you need us now do what we say from now on. I left them after eating 22 more months after almost immediately screwing is Gnex owners on a contract. they charged 300$ for a device they immediately ripped from the nexus program. their coverage is not worth the abuse.

  • Cruz R.

    Just like Legere said last week. The carriers hate you and will also rape you…

  • droidftw

    So I got my Pixel from Google IO last year. Do I still get the refund?

    • verbal_judo2

      I would switch to T-Mobile. But they seem like they are just trying to grab customers to look better in an impending buyout. I wish they would just remain their own company.

  • 213ninja

    someone sue verizon and win……that’d be neat to watch…..for real.

  • Dark_Laser

    We unlimited data users should organize a reverse-boycott where we use extra data just to match the amount of data Verizon was supposed to give, so they end up having to deliver said data anyways.

    • Big EZ

      Google already did this for us. They removed the caching of videos while on wifi and charging. Since they removed that feature I have jumped from 20-22 gb a month to over 35 gb so far this month and I have 14 days left in the billing cycle. I really miss that feature though, I had something to watch/listen to while Verizon’s service is slow (11:30-2, and around 4:30-6).

      • malcmilli

        damn. I think i used 2.5 gb last month…

  • skinja99

    I like how google tries to shift the blame to verizon. Didn’t people buy these from Google. With the 2 years of data clearly part of the purchase price. That is Google’s problem.

    • Adrynalyne

      Verizon was providing the service….and subsequently canceled the agreement without notice.

    • yankeesusa

      Really? You should do a little research before you talk.

  • Adrynalyne

    Lawsuit worthy against Verizon.

    That is a breach of contract.

    • skinja99

      People bought these fro Google right?
      Or was VZW selling them?

      • Adrynalyne

        Google was selling them in stores and online. Unless Google assumed the agreement (which seems unlikely), customers can sue Verizon.

      • ManBearPig618

        It’s irrelevant who sold the product if VZW offered the promotion to begin with, which they obviously did.

  • Pakmann2k

    Damn, with all the people that bought Pixels, this could cost Google several thousand dollars. :p

    • Tobi De la Cuz

      I doubt that will do anything to google’s pocket, BUT it does a lot of good as positive publicity and keeping loyal customers….. I seee what u did there. I apologize for my lack of foresight.

      • Pakmann2k

        ;) .. All jokes aside, it is good to see Google supporting their users. That is one expensive machine and every little detail packed into it has to show some sort of value. I fly a lot and my 12 free GoGo sessions that came with my netbook really helped sell me on it.

    • Justin Kos

      I think kellex has one.. That’s about everyone I know that has it lol

      • FreeSwag

        Kellex got his Pixel for free at Google I/O

  • flosserelli

    “Verizon, meanwhile, is still looking into the situation…trying to find even more ways to bend over customers.”

    • Pakmann2k

      They will give you a free credit card reader for your headphone jack so you can swipe to connect. 1st minute is free. yay! /s

    • EFFVerizon

      Verizon Will Be Sending a Bill to all the Pixel owners for the 100 MB of data they have used

  • Voltism

    They can’t give out a pathetic 100mb of data? Jesus what the hell. If verizon was a person it would say it can’t afford to give stale bread crumbs to ducks in the park.

  • mcdonsco

    As usual, Verizon looking out for their customers pocket books!

  • Kayonesoft

    Verizon renegading on their promises? How very unlike Verizon. /sarc

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I would really question the buying habits of anyone who wasted money on a Pixel. . .

  • velocipedes

    Glad I left them. I don’t know why anyone puts up with their schtick.

    • James_75

      So they can continue to claim they are getting raped by them…. You can’t rape the willing.

    • Pakmann2k

      Unlimited LTE data x 3 lines.
      Bill under $150/mo total using an Alltel plan with a coorporate discount.
      T-mobile has no reception at my house.
      Now you know why 1 of them puts up with it.. ;)

      • BobButtons

        My bill is $40 for me a month (10 as an add-on to parents’, 30 for unlimited data) and T-Mobile is all 2G in my tri-state area. Now they know why 2 people put up with it.

        • SomeDooD

          On the same boat here :)

        • Razma

          yup same thing, $40 per month, unlimited. plus out in the pine barrens, so definitely no T-mobile

      • Big EZ

        I get no discounts, I have 2 unlimited lines and a feature phone line that costs us $217. However, T-Mobile doesn’t have any coverage at my house and horrible coverage in the city I live in. I really hope that changes by the time Verizon kicks us off of unlimited data.

      • velocipedes

        I have great T-Mobile LTE coverage, and pay $70 for unlimited everything. Sucks for you.

        • Pakmann2k

          Why would that suck to be me? My $150 pays for three lines with what you have. Not a math wizard but last I checked that’s $50/line tax included for unlimited LTE data and more minutes than I ever need. Do you have 3 lines with unlimited for $70? Cause if you do, I’ll take a little of whatever you are smoking.

          • velocipedes

            You’re getting a special discount. You’d be paying more without the discount.

  • Arthur L

    Reason #326 why Verizon blows.

    • MKader17

      I see you started your list only this morning.

      • Bryan Mills

        About an hr and 30 min ago, actually

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          What happened to Tyler Duuurden?

          • hebrewHAMMER

            Same troll. New name.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            All Aboard!

          • T4rd

            Or the Narrator, or the 4 other name’s he’s had on here. Has to keep changing his name because he basically keeps spamming/trolling and either gets banned or to keep us from immediately dismissing his (useless/biased) comments.

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    • master94

      I think we can all agree with this. F@CK YOU VZW

  • http://www.thinkgeeks4u.com Hiral Patel

    Expect this impact on relations with Google & VZW – Now Google has leverage for Google fiber in markets owned by Verizon

  • jamdev12

    Is it just me or is there something wrong with this statement:

    “The spokesperson said, while this was “outside of our control, we appreciate that this issue has inconvenienced some of our users.””

    English is my second language so who knows, but that sounds like a misquote.

    • velocipedes

      Appreciate doesn’t mean he liked what happened, it means he “recognizes the full worth of” what happened.

      • Tyler Bowden

        It’s typically used in a positive way though, so it does sound strange when you first read it even though it’s technically properly used.

        • Pakmann2k

          I don’t appreciate the way you typed that.

      • Pakmann2k

        Generally when a company uses the word appreciate in a statement like this, it means that we are sorry you are sorry, but it isn’t really a big deal to us.
        “I can appreciate my daughter being upset about having to go to bed early, but I don’t really plan to do anything about it.”