Here at iTechTriad we absolutely love Nexus devices, there’s no way around that, however they aren’t without flaws. To some users they may be too light on features, and hardware isn’t always perfect, and above all else, they are available only unlocked. It wasn’t always that way however. In the past we’ve seen Nexus smartphones in carrier stores such as the Nexus 6 on Verizon and AT&T, the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, and even the Nexus 5 pretty much everywhere except Verizon.
With the most recent Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X however, Google decided to take the exclusively unlocked route on these two phones. While that’s not an inherently bad thing, it does make a huge difference to the average consumer.
The biggest issue is cost. Even though you can buy these phones anywhere, you have to drop the full price. Since most of us don’t have $500+ sitting around, we usually opt for financing plans, but Google didn’t offer those, at least not as easily as carriers.
According to the famous Evan Blass however, it seems Google has changed its mind. Rather than selling the HTC-made Nexus devices only unlocked, Google is apparently working with carriers to sell these devices. Blass specifically mentions Verizon, but odds are we’ll see them on other carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile as well. There are of course pros and cons to this. The biggest pro is that it makes buying these phones super easy, however it also puts up a barrier with software updates.
It’s unclear if Google has worked out any deals with carriers to avoid those issues, but all should be revealed within the coming weeks when Google officially announces these smartphones.
Verizon is going to carry the two "Nexus" handsets (note the quotation marks).
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 5, 2016