Google is offering a free Google Home to customers who buy a Pixel XL smartphone. To take advantage of the offer, all a customer needs to do is buy a Google Home and Pixel XL together and get a discount of $129, meaning you get the Google Home for free.
Free Google Home: a limited, but lucrative offer
Google Home costs $129 on its own, and thus, getting it for free sounds like a good deal. However, users need to hurry because the offer, which was launched on Monday, is available only while the inventory lasts.
“Both products (Google Home and Pixel XL) must be added to your shopping cart to receive the offer,” reads the offer’s terms. Further, it said, “Customers who return or cancel their order of Pixel XL must also return the Google Home device to receive a full refund.”
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Users not looking to buy a Pixel XL can sign up for the Project Fi and get the same deal with any Pixel phone. Google’s Project Fi deal will last until July 29. At Project Fi’s online store, the Pixel starts at $649, but buyers have a chance either to make full payment upright or spread it over 24 months.
For those not aware of Project Fi, it is a phone carrier service from Google. Under the service, users can access mobile data service on up to three mobile networks. Wi-Fi can also be used to make calls and send texts. Project Fi also offers a prepaid service.
For now, the free Google Home offer is available only to United States customers. On Google’s U.K. page, buyers of the Pixel XL or any other Pixel model are only eligible for three free months of Google Play Music.
Could help push Pixel XL sales
The total number of Pixel phones shipped in the past eight months have not been very encouraging, and hopefully, this new offer will push sales of the smartphones. The company reportedly sold just over 1 million units (based on exclusive downloads of an app, as Google does not reveal sales numbers). In comparison, Apple sold over 70 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2016, while Samsung sold approximately 5 million units of the Galaxy S8 in the first month of release.
Google Home is a voice-controlled smart speaker and home assistant competing with the Amazon Echo and Apple’s HomePod. Google’s smart speaker is capable of controlling home appliances, offering news updates and playing music tracks requested by the user.
The company has some grand plans of updating Google Home with various features by the end of this summer. The new update will allow users to do hands-free voice calls to any landline or mobile phone number in the United States and Canada for free. Further, users will have the option to set a notification for events such as traffic, meetings or the current status of their flight and time stamps. The update will also add support for streaming audio services like Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud, notes AndroidAuthority.