South Africa’s mobile network operators still have no plans to offer new Android devices from Google.
Google unveiled the Pixel 2 smartphone on 4 October, revealing that the device will start shipping from 19 October.
However, like its predecessors, it does not look like the smartphone will arrive in South Africa through official channels.
Of the devices manufactured for Google, only the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was available on contract in South Africa.
This was because Samsung brought it into the country – at a premium when compared to flagship devices in the country at the time.
Despite Google’s head of communications for South Africa Mich Atagana stating she is passionate about launching the company’s devices locally, the Pixel 2 does not look set for SA.
“We do not currently range any of the Google devices on our network,” said Telkom.
Vodacom said it has no plans to offer the Pixel 2 at this stage.
MTN said it has not yet decided on whether to bring the Pixel 2 to South Africa.
“We will communicate to the market at the appropriate time, when a decision has been made,” said MTN.