Why it matters to you
If you’re on the verge of buying Google’s larger Pixel phone, do it now and you’ll have a chance of receiving the Google Home smart speaker for free.
If you’re in two minds about whether to buy Google’s Pixel XL handset, might the offer of a free Google Home connected speaker help to seal the deal?
The Mountain View, California-based company launched the offer on Monday, though you’ll need to hurry as it’ll only run “while supplies last.”
To secure your own free Google Home smart speaker, you’ll have to purchase Google’s newest smartphone via its online store, a transaction that’ll set you back $769 for the 32GB version of the 5.5-inch phone.
If that’s too much to hand over in one go, there’s also the option to spread your payments with Google Store Financing at $32.04 a month for 24 months. Google’s smart speaker, which launched in the U.S. in November 2016, usually costs $129.
“Both products (Google Home and Pixel XL) must be added to your shopping cart to receive the offer,” Google notes as part of the offer’s terms, adding that “customers who return or cancel their order of Pixel XL must also return the Google Home device to receive a full refund.”
Oh, and if you need a case for your new handset, check out this page on Google’s site, where you’ll see it’s knocked 50 percent off all its offerings for a limited period.
Google Home is a voice-controlled smart speaker and home assistant similar to the Amazon Echo and Apple’s recently unveiled HomePod. Via the incorporated Google Assistant software, it can perform a myriad of tricks, including controlling home appliances, playing requested music tracks, and giving out news updates. Google recently announced a slew of new functions, including the ability to make hands-free voice calls, and more features are being added all the time.
It seems that the Google Home incentive only applies to U.S.-based customers. Hit the same page on, for example, Google’s U.K. site and you’ll see that purchasing either the Pixel XL or the smaller 5-inch Pixel phone will only get you three free months of Google Play Music — there’s no mention of a free Google Home.