Sprint may start selling the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, and Pixel 3 XL in the foreseeable future.
Pixel phones have been an exclusive to Verizon ever since they were released back in 2016, though the unlocked version has always been available at the Google Store too. Now it seems things are changing up a bit as more carriers seem to be getting the green light to carry the devices.
Pixel Phones On Sprint
Android Police obtained an image that's alleged to be Sprint's plans to put at least three Pixel phones on display in one of its stores. If this turns out to be the real deal, then the Pixel 3 XL is guaranteed to be available from the carrier soon. At that, it's not a stretch to think that the smaller Pixel 3 is going to be included in the mix.
As for the other two, they're listed down as "Google S4" and "Google B4." These could be referring to the Pixel 3a's and Pixel 3a XL's code names "sargo" and "bonito," respectively. There's a good chance that these are just a coincidence, though.
Google is scheduled to officially unveil the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL on May 7 at its 2019 I/O developer conference. The event is just a few days away, and that makes the timing of the image outlining Sprint's Pixel display plans turning up all the more believable.
Expanding Availability Of Pixel Phones
Back in April, a report said that T-Mobile will be carrying Pixel phones soon. According to the source who divulged the info, the carrier is adding not only the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to its lineup but also the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. It's even said to have plans to support Google's next-generation smartphone, which will presumably be called Pixel 4.
Assuming the reports are all accurate, then the only major carrier in the United States that's left is AT&T. On that note, it won't be surprising to see a report pop up out of nowhere, saying that the carrier will sell Pixel phones too.
Recently, Google admitted that sales of its Pixel hardware were slow, saying it was because of "year over year headwinds." The introduction of a more affordable midrange phone and wider availability could turn the tide. The word in town is the Pixel 3a will start at $399, while the Pixel 3a XL at $479, though those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.