Use New Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at Republic Wireless with SIM, at Project Fi with eSIM
The Google’s latest smartphones the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, announced last week, will be supported by couple of WiFi-based prepaid carriers. Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless announced that the new Pixel 2 phones will be supported on its ‘Bring Your Own Phone’ program. As soon as the phones become available, which is late this month, customers will be able to activate them by inserting new Republic Wireless SIM card.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on Project Fi without SIM
However, what’s more interesting than usual SIM card inserting activation is how customers will be able to activate the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at Google’s own Project Fi. These two new Google phones are the first phones with built-in SIM technology, eSIM.
The eSIM technology doesn’t require a SIM card in order to activate the service. Instead, user instantly connects to a carrier network with the tap of a button. When user is prompted to insert a SIM card, he/she just needs to tap the button for SIM-free setup, and that’s all. This option is available with all Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones purchased through the Google Store or Project Fi.
Project Fi is currently piloting eSIM on these two smartphones and will share everything they learn with “industry partners to encourage more widespread adoption”.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Specs
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with the 5-inch and 6.0-inch displays, respectively. According to benchmark DxOMark Mobile, both phones feature the highest rated main cameras in the market, 12.3 megapixels. Phones also have an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB and 128GB internal storage variants. There is also Android 8.0, Google Assistant, IP67 water and dust resistance and super fast charging.
Pre-order the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at the Google Store and Project Fi at starting price of $649. Also, for a limited time, customers who pre-order the phone can get a free Google Home Mini.