Pixel Pass: Google’s new Pixel 6 bundle could save you money (here’s how)

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The Pixel Cross allows you to purchase a brand new Pixel cellphone bundled with a wide range of companies.

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Google’s new Pixel Cross, revealed as a part of Google’s Pixel 6 event (alongside the corporate’s new Tensor chip), bundles the brand new Pixel 6 phone line with a wide range of Google’s personal companies. The subscription spreads out the price of the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro over two years whereas additionally overlaying machine safety, a 200GB Google One subscription with automated photograph backup, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Cross.

Google additionally says that after two years, Pixel Cross clients personal the cellphone and might then join a brand new Pixel Cross plan to buy a brand new cellphone. The plans begin at $45 a month for 2 years when utilizing it to purchase a Pixel 6 or $55 a month for a similar time period for the Pixel 6 Professional. There’s an extra $5-per-month low cost when you additionally occur to make use of Google Fi as your cellphone service. Word that Pixel Cross just isn’t presently accessible within the UK or Australia.

Learn extra: CNET’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro critiques

This bundling technique is much like what Microsoft gives for its Xbox sport consoles: The Xbox All Access subscription covers the price of both the Xbox Series X or Series S whereas together with Xbox Sport Cross Final, with costs beginning at $25 a month over two years. Should you had been already going to subscribe to Sport Cross Final, that subscription really saves slightly money over going a la carte.


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Google touts Pixel Cross as a approach to save as much as $176 over two years when you get the Pixel 6, and $294 when you get the Pixel 6 Professional, however that depends upon whether or not the companies supplied are ones you’ll need to use anyway. As an illustration, when you choose to make use of Spotify on your music and might tolerate commercials on YouTube, a superb chunk of the Pixel Cross’ worth may not imply a lot for you. 

Learn extra: Google Pixel 6 vs. 6 Pro vs. Pixel 5 vs. 5A: What are the differences?

Let’s dig into every of the Pixel Cross’ companies to see what you get, what you must notice about every profit — and if it is value it ultimately.

Sure, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional are a part of Pixel Cross

Stand-alone value: $599 (£599, AU$999) for Pixel 6, $899 (£849, AU$1,299) for Pixel 6 Professional.

What you get: The price of the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Professional is baked into the price of Pixel Cross. With out Pixel Cross, the Pixel 6 prices $599 and the Pixel 6 Professional prices $899 (you may also finance them beginning at $24.96 per 30 days for twenty-four months for the Pixel 6 and $37.46 per 30 days on the identical time period for the Pixel 6 Professional). Because the cellphone is the costliest portion of the general bundle, it is definitely value together with within the worth calculation at its full worth. 

This implies the Pixel Cross provides on about $20 per 30 days in companies for Pixel 6 house owners or about $18 per 30 days for Pixel 6 Professional house owners.

A perk of the Pixel Cross is that after paying $45 per 30 days for the Pixel 6 or $55 per 30 days for the Pixel 6 Professional, you absolutely personal the cellphone and don’t have to commerce it in to be able to renew your Pixel Cross towards a future machine.

Vital to notice: Different, comparable companies just like the iPhone Upgrade Program or sure cellphone service applications deal with the cellphone extra like a lease by which you acquire the precise to commerce within the cellphone however by no means really personal it. However these lease plans might be useful to cellphone fans who need to improve yearly, with out really paying for the complete worth of their machine.

With Pixel Cross, you purchase the cellphone outright and you’ll hold it (or promote it) after two years whether or not you need to proceed with Pixel Cross or not.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones

Google’s Pixel 6 cellphone (left) and the bigger Pixel 6 Professional.

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YouTube Premium cuts the adverts and boosts options

Stand-alone value: $12 per 30 days.

What you get: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium fall underneath the identical membership plan, usually $12 per 30 days or $288 over two years, making up the most important portion of the Pixel Cross’ included companies. The YouTube Premium facet of the service removes commercials that stream earlier than and through YouTube movies (midroll adverts particularly are unbelievable to zap away) and permits you to obtain YouTube movies to your cellphone or pill and hearken to the audio of a YouTube video on a cell machine whereas your display screen is locked (helpful for lengthy interview movies that you do not essentially want to observe). 

The YouTube Music Premium facet of the service is Google’s reply to Spotify and different music companies, offering ad-free entry to each conventional albums alongside dwell recordings and music movies that you simply sometimes solely discover on the video facet of YouTube. 

Vital to notice: A caveat for current YouTube Premium subscribers is that you simply’re required to cancel your subscription earlier than signing up for Pixel Cross and longtime subscribers grandfathered into the unique $10-per-month YouTube Crimson worth could need to hold that in thoughts.

Personally, I have been subscribed to YouTube Premium because it launched as YouTube Crimson and I discover its ad-free expertise to be invaluable. Downloading movies for my subway commute or airplane journey has supplied me hours of leisure and I am unable to stand midroll promoting breaks. Nevertheless, many individuals I do know scoff on the thought of paying for YouTube and because it makes up such a big portion of the Pixel Cross’ worth, it is perhaps the deal breaker for Pixel Cross if this service is not necessary to you.

Google One cloud storage on your photographs and extra

Stand-alone value: $30 per 12 months or $3 per 30 days.

What you get: The 200GB Google One cloud storage, which individually is $30 for one 12 months or $60 for 2 years, bumps up the 15GB of free Google storage and encompasses Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photographs and different Google apps like Pixel’s Recorder app. Since Google not supplies limitless photograph storage for Pixel telephones, the upper storage tier might come notably in helpful for anybody who desires to add their photographs in full high quality versus utilizing Google’s Storage Saver high quality, which compresses your photographs. Pixel Cross clients can also choose to pay barely extra to extend their storage additional.

Vital to notice: Whereas Google lists this plan as “Really useful,” you may not want 200GB of area. A lower-priced 100GB plan is obtainable at $20 per 12 months with out Pixel Cross. Additionally, Google’s Storage Saver compression is kind of good: I’ve personally been utilizing that photograph storage degree for years and I discover it preserves a lot of my photographs’ element whereas shrinking the file dimension. Whereas Google only began counting these photos against my Google Drive storage this year, Google’s photograph administration device estimates that it will take me greater than 4 years to refill the 100GB of area I presently subscribe to — and by then maybe I will be utilizing another service or will contemplate the improve.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google’s Pixel Cross contains companies that allow you to retailer your photographs, watch YouTube and play video games on the cellphone.

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Google Play Cross for premium apps and video games

Stand-alone value: $30 per 12 months or $5 per 30 days.

What you get: Google Play Cross is an app subscription service that runs $30 per 12 months or $60 for 2 years. It contains a wide range of premium video games and apps that usually require a purchase order to obtain or in-app transactions. Not like Apple Arcade, the video games on this subscription can be found on different platforms or as a la carte purchases, with explicit highlights together with Stardew Valley, Sonic the Hedgehog and Monument Valley 2. Play Cross additionally contains podcast apps, climate apps and different classes.

Vital to notice: Whereas Play Cross could present a curated expertise, the Google Play Retailer is stuffed with free and paid decisions. For podcasts, you should use Google’s personal Podcasts app without cost. Or perhaps you’ll somewhat help a creator straight; as an illustration, my favorite Android weather app is Appy Climate, which has a free tier with an choice to improve to a paid tier with extra options.

The worth of Play Cross is solely depending on the way in which you employ your cellphone, however is particularly nebulous when you aren’t massive on gaming in your cellphone. Should you primarily simply play one or two video games in your cellphone, you may additionally be higher off simply shopping for these a la carte.


Google’s Play Cross subscription is analogous to the Apple Arcade subscription accessible on the iPhone (proper).

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Most popular Care help when one thing goes improper

Stand-alone value: $149 for Pixel 6, $199 for Pixel 6 Professional.

What you get: Most popular Care is Google’s equal to AppleCare, a service from which Pixel clients can get help for mechanical breakdowns and unintentional injury to the cellphone. This contains help at collaborating walk-in facilities, which within the US contains uBreakiFix shops. For the Pixel 6, Google fees $149 for 2 years of protection with as much as two unintentional injury claims, or $7 a month that may renew for as much as three years of mechanical breakdown protection and 6 unintentional injury claims. For the Pixel 6 Professional that begins at $199 for 2 years of protection or $9 a month.

Vital to notice: Whereas the assured machine safety is handy, it is not the one approach to get machine protection. Sure bank cards present cellphone safety as a perk, and may not have an annual price. As an illustration, I exploit a Capital One QuickSilver to pay for my cellphone invoice and since it is a World Elite Mastercard I can obtain a reimbursement of restore prices ought to my cellphone get broken or stolen. I have not personally exercised that profit but, so I am unable to absolutely endorse it, however it’s been sufficient of an assurance that I’ve since skewed away from buying different machine safety plans.

CNET sister website The Points Guy has a roundup of credit cards that include cell phone protection, however as with all bank card, it is value ensuring to totally perceive its phrases, situations and associated charges.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Earlier than getting the Pixel Cross, you need to be sure that the companies are of worth to you.

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Grand whole

So for example you completely would need the Pixel 6 cellphone and all of those companies. On the full worth of $599, with out the Pixel Cross and earlier than taxes, the Pixel 6 plus the price of every of those companies for 2 years would come out to $1,156. With Pixel Cross, the fee is $1,080, amounting to a $76 financial savings. You could be questioning why Google estimates a $176 financial savings, however Google’s reply for that’s that the quantity is calculated primarily based on the month-to-month pricing of every of these companies versus the annual charges that I am selecting to make use of since it is a two-year program.

For the Pixel 6 Professional, the $899 machine plus the varied companies at annual charges with out Pixel Cross come to $1,506. With Pixel Cross, it is $1,320 for a financial savings of $186. Google’s estimate of financial savings primarily based on the month-to-month charges for all of the companies is $294 over two years.

With this math, it is clear that there are certainly some financial savings available if you’re smitten by every of those companies and intend to utilize them recurrently. I’d say a very powerful query to ask is whether or not YouTube Premium or System Safety as supplied by Google is necessary to you, as a result of if it is not you’ll simply be higher off shopping for the machine with out Pixel Cross. Since Google One and Google Play Cross are a a lot smaller portion of the general subscription worth, these two will seemingly make up much less of a deciding issue.

Pixel Cross pricing breakdown

Product/service Pricing
Pixel 6, stand-alone $599
Pixel 6 Professional, stand-alone $899
YouTube Premium value, 24 months $288
200GB Google One subscription, annual price x 2 $60
Google Play Cross, annual price x 2 $60
Most popular Care, two-year price $149 for Pixel 6, $199 for Pixel 6 Professional
Pixel 6 whole with out Pixel Cross $1,156
Pixel 6 whole with Pixel Cross $1,080
Pixel 6 Professional whole with out Pixel Cross $1,506
Pixel 6 Professional whole with Pixel Cross $1,320

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Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: hung@interreviewed.com.

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