Google to ship LTE Chromebook Pixel by April 8; here’s the LTE service pricing

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Few may have ordered one, but the LTE version of Google’s(s goog) Chromebook Pixel is set to ship by April 8. That’s the date currently showing on the Pixel product page in the Google Play store, as noted by Jeff Jarvis. The Wi-Fi models of Google’s newest Chromebook began shipping out several weeks ago, so only the LTE models have been held up from delivery.

Pixel LTE shipmentTo add mobile broadband connection in the Chromebook Pixel, potential buyers not only had to wait a few extra weeks, but they had to also pay an additional $150: The LTE version costs $1,449 as compared to $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only Pixel. Aside from the broadband radio, there is no difference in the two devices aside from 64 GB of local storage capacity in the LTE Pixel, which is double that of the Wi-Fi edition. Both machines get access to 1 terabyte of Google Drive storage for 3 year after purchase.

The $150 premium for the LTE model also includes a small bit of LTE service: 100 MB each month for two years. After that, it will cost an additional amount for mobile broadband service on Verizon’s(s vz)(s vod) LTE network. I spoke with a Google representative a few weeks back to verify this no-contract plan pricing for the Chromebook Pixel:

  • $9.99 = an unlimited day pass
  • $20 = 1 GB good for one month
  • $35 = 3 GB good for one month
  • $50 = 5 GB good for one month

Given that the LTE model can still use any Wi-Fi hotspot, including one created by a smartphone, having these pay-as-you-go plans are a reasonable way to ensure connectivity in a pinch on the Pixel. Even better: I was told that the Pixel can also be added to an existing Verizon Share Everything plan for $10 per month. That way, you can just use the data you’re already paying for.

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Vermont

Why would Google make it locked? The chip sets presumably are usable on AT&T and other LTE networks?

inmotion

Having the original Chrome Book (CR-48) for about two years now, I have not used the 3G broadband very much, maybe 7 or 8 times and that was it. The CR-48 stays home so I use only the WiFi part. I used to take the CR-48 when traveling abroad, but the Nexus 7 is the traveling companion now. The broadband may come in handy if there was ever an electrical blackout. This will affect the mobile towers for a short period, but it will eventually be restored by going to backup power. One can use LTE or 3G during that instance.

Ric

This will appeal to who exactly? Is it me or is Google initiatives turning to crap?

LB

What a difference a writer makes. This could have read “For $150 more you get 4G LTE broadband radio with free service for two years (limited to 100MB/mo). Also included in the $150 premium is double the local storage (64GB instead of 32GB).” more less biased than the downer writing of the author.

tom

does the pixel use a standard verizon LTE SIM card?

is the radio unlocked for roaming on other networks?

Zachary Yaro

If it is a standard Verizon LTE SIM card, could I pull the SIM card out of my Verizon LTE phone and use my (grandfathered unlimited) data plan with my Chromebook?

Scott Wilson

I had the LTE on order, but cancelled and went with the WiFi instead. For one, I’ve deverizoned and would rather not give them anymore money. For two, I think I used the 3g on my last Chromebook twice in two months. Worst case I can tether. I’m also not using local storage much. Just about everything I do is cloud. This thing could have 1G of internal storage and I’d be fine.

NOTE: You really need to add Google as an login option.

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