Chromebook Pixel owners, beware: Verizon has apparently cancelled its agreement to give Pixel owners two years of monthly LTE data for free. When Google first announced the Chromebook Pixel, the 64GB version came with LTE connectivity that is locked to Verizon’s LTE network. Consumers were able to get 100MB per month for free for two years. Now, users are reporting that they are being cut off.
Apparently, Verizon decided unilaterally to cancel this promotion, without consulting or even informing Google. The cut off seems to be one year from activation date, so if you’re like me and activated your LTE data several months after first getting the Pixel, you might still be good for a little while longer. If you haven’t activated your LTE data at all yet, good luck – the Pixel’s Play Store listing now says, “This Pixel LTE is currently not eligible for any free Verizon data plans.”
Google says that it is working to resolve this issue with Verizon, but things don’t look very promising. If Verizon cannot be convinced to keep its original promise, then hopefully Google can provide Pixel owners with some sort of compensation – whether that’s more Drive storage, free Music All Access, or even a monetary refund for the unused months, that remains to be seen.