Alongside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google has introduced a new way to buy its phones—Pixel Pass. If you're deep into the Google ecosystem and use services like YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium, Pixel Pass might be something worth considering.
Here's everything you need to know about Pixel Pass: what it is, the price, what it includes, and whether it's worth a shot.
What Is Pixel Pass?
Pixel Pass is an all-in-one subscription bundle from Google that allows you to get its latest smartphones with low monthly payments spread over two years.
Essentially, Pixel Pass is like the standard carrier contract that allows you to own a new device then pay for it slowly from month to month.
Similar to carrier contracts, Pixel Pass also includes an option for you to upgrade to a new Pixel smartphone every two years.
In addition to the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel Pass also includes a couple of subscription services from Google, like YouTube Premium and Google One.
What's Included in Pixel Pass?
Google includes several services in Pixel Pass. You get access to YouTube Premium (normally $11.99/month inclusive of YouTube Music Premium), Google One with 200GB of cloud storage ($2/month or $20 a year), and Google Play Pass ($4.99/month or $29 a year).
If you aren't familiar with Play Pass, it's yet another subscription service from Google that enables you to access premium apps and games on Google Play Store for free.
To add the icing on the cake, Pixel Pass also includes Google Preferred Care. Preferred Care offers two years of accidental damage coverage for your device and a year of mechanical-breakdown cover that comes into play after the standard one-year warranty expires.
By bundling all of these in one package, Pixel Pass adds the extra convenience of managing all your Google services in one place.
How Much Does Pixel Pass Cost?
Pixel Pass costs $45 a month for the Pixel 6 and $55 per month for the Pixel 6 Pro. You can pay for Pixel Pass right inside Google's store. And if you're on Google's Fi plan, you can also subscribe to Pixel Pass, which will save you $5 per month on your phone plan.
The price of Pixel Pass is not fixed, however. For someone who wants to upgrade Google One storage, for instance, you'll have to pay more. Google allows you to upgrade to another plan for more storage—up to 30TB of storage.
By doing so, you'll have to pay for the price difference between Google One's 200GB plan and your new plan.
Is Pixel Pass Worth It?
Pixel Pass saves you a good amount of cash if you find Google's other services handy. But is Pixel Pass worth it?
That depends on two factors. The first is whether you already pay for some or all of the included services. Number two, whether you have the cash to pay for the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro upfront.
If you're deeply embedded in Google's ecosystem and happen to pay for YouTube Premium, Google One, and Play Pass, Pixel Pass will save you cash over the long haul.
Not to mention you're getting the latest devices from Google, and you have an option to upgrade every two years.
But if you use third-party alternatives to Google's services, Pixel Pass might be a tough sell, especially if you have the cash to acquire the latest Pixel phones.
Besides, if the benefits don't matter to you, you should check out carrier deals instead, which might be lower. However, the issue with carriers is your device will be locked to that carrier's network.
What Happens When You Cancel Pixel Pass?
Google doesn't lock you in for 24 months. You can cancel Pixel Pass any time you want and pay for the remaining cost of your device from the regular price. If you do cancel, Google will terminate access to the included services as well.
Get the Latest Pixel Phones and Google Services at a Discount
Pixel Pass adds convenience by enabling you to have a host of Google's services and its latest device at one low monthly cost. The service also saves you some cash in the long run. It also provides you with an easier way to own the latest phones from Google without paying the total retail price upfront.