In the US, 5G connectivity has been a significant deal for carriers, and Verizon is well known for aggressively promoting mmWave connectivity. Google’s Pixel 6a is coming to Verizon with a special edition that will cost $50 more simply to support mmWave 5G, as has been the case with many Android phones.

When the Pixel 6a launches in July, Verizon has announced that it will sell the device both in-person and online. It’s fantastic news for Google because it gives the mid-ranger access to the largest group of carrier consumers in the country.

The Pixel 6a with Verizon, however, will cost $50 more than the unlocked model. Instead of $449 through the Google Store, the phone will cost $499 from the carrier. Similar price increases occurred for the Pixel 4a 5G, which went from $499 unlocked to $599 on Verizon. Additionally, the ordinary Pixel 6 costs $100 more than Verizon .

Support for mmWave 5G is the only feature that separates the carrier version of the 6a from the one Google sells directly. Only Sub6 networks, more generally referred to as Nationwide, are supported by the unlocked model. This slower kind of 5G is unable to achieve the spectacular results that mmWave can. But regardless of whether you purchase the Pixel 6a from the carrier or not, it is likely to support C-Band 5G on Verizon since it shares the same internal hardware as the Pixel 6 series.

Due to Verizon’s decreased reliance on mmWave during the previous year, this effect is noteworthy as well. The main rival of the Pixel 6a, Apple’s iPhone SE, sells on Verizon for its customary $429 pricing without mmWave capabilities. As PCMag had mentioned, it was the first Verizon-sold handset to enable 5G without mmWave.

Verizon will offer the 6a in all three colors for $499 at full retail or $13.88 per month for 36 months with Verizon Device Payment. The carrier will additionally sell the Pixel Buds Pro.

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