Google may have underestimated demand for its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. These are the first devices that the company has slapped its “Made by Google” label on and they have been well received by customers across the globe. Supply issues continue to persist for some models of the Pixel, particularly the Pixel XL, and it appears that in order to make up for the delay Verizon is now sending out free Google Daydream View virtual reality headsets to some Pixel customers.
If you’re wondering why Verizon is taking it upon itself to ship free Daydream View VR headsets, that’s because it’s Google’s exclusive carrier partner in the United States. No other U.S. carrier can officially sell the Pixel or Pixel XL. Those who don’t want to buy one from Verizon can buy an unlocked and off-contract unit from Google or through its retail partners.
Several Reddit users who ordered a Pixel smartphone are reporting that they are receiving calls from Verizon informing them that a free Daydream View headset is coming their way. Some of those customers have received their Pixel smartphones already but others who got a call have yet to get their orders.
It’s likely that this is Verizon’s way of making up for the shipment delays that have been around for a couple of months now. Customers will certainly appreciate receiving this $79 VR headset that’s compatible with their smartphones for free.
Demand is strong as ever for the first smartphones that Google itself ever made. It recently said that it’s working with its partners to restock inventory across all retail channels.