Published On: Fri, May 26th, 2017

Google Reportedly Blacklisting Pixel Phones Purchased Through Project Fi

Google’s Pixel lineup of smartphones can simply be tagged as some of a high-performance smartphones. The high regard for a phones has also peaked a resale value for these devices. However, due to high direct and brief supply, both a phones also got listed during third-party retailers.

In November, some buyers bought Pixel phones from a Google Play Store and Project Fi to resell them to an opening in New Hampshire and make a distinction though profitable a sales tax. For those wondering since New Hampshire? It charges no sales tax.

Google was told about a ongoing scam, and it started blacklisting accounts of several users who purchased Pixel and Pixel XL inclination to resell. Google criminialized such accounts on a drift of defilement of a terms of service. After a protests by many users whose accounts got banned, Google showed some forgiveness and easy many accounts. The cavalcade seemed like a fake shock by Google to advise such buyers.

Blocking Pixel and Pixel XL inclination around IMEI numbers

In a latest development, it looks like that Google has started blacklisting Pixel and Pixel XL inclination that were purchased from Project Fi, by IMEI numbers.

Kyle Bennet, a owner of HardOCP, common on his website that he bought his Pixel XL from Swappa, that is a renouned marketplace to buy and sell used devices. Bennet’s device got blacklisted and when he contacted his carrier, T-Mobile, they told him that it was not finished by them. Bennet shortly detected that he is not a usually one whose Pixel device has been blacklisted.

Folks during Swappa support told Kyle that they have been receiving complaints from many Pixel buyers, per a same issue. It’s value observant that a inclination blocked by a IMEI numbers are also barred from regulating any SIM card.

Swappa support wrote to Bennet:

Sorry to hear of a complaints. We have seen a good series of Pixel inclination apropos blacklisted a past dual days. We are still perplexing to figure out since this has happened to so many devices. We are operative to find out a means of this widespread issue. It would be best for both of we to keep on tip of Google and dire them for an explanation. In one other case, we saw this morning Google concluded to send a customer a deputy device so that competence be an choice to demeanour into. Seller greatfully work with a customer and Google to see if they can get to a bottom of it.

Ray of hope!

On contacting Google, Kyle found out that his device was creatively bought around Project Fi and afterwards sole to Swappa for profit. However, there is still some wish left for a influenced buyers. A Google deputy told Kyle that a inclination are not being blacklisted for reselling, though since of an blunder with Project Fi that is not means to compare device’s IMEI with a strange Google account.

We wish Google fixes a emanate and restores a inclination with a Google comment of stream owners. If you’re among a influenced Pixel users, stay tuned with us for some-more news on a issue.

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