Google Unbans Accounts Of Google Pixel Phone Resellers

Earlier this week, it came to light that Google suspended Google accounts of over 200 people who decided to use a sales tax loophole in the United States and resell the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL for a small profit. More specifically, a significant number of people ordered one or more units of the said flagship devices from Google's mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Project Fi and proceeded to ship it to a phone dealer in New Hampshire. As the New England state is one of the few in the US which doesn't have a sales tax, these resellers were able to make some money because the said New Hampshire dealer was willing to split the profits with them.

As it turns out, that scheme violated Google's terms of service (TOS) which explicitly states that the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL can only be purchased for personal use and not with an intent to be resold for profit. This led to the major wave of account bans mentioned above, and Google even went as far to even suspend profiles used as backup addresses for accounts which committed the violations. Luckily for them, the Mountain View-based tech giant eventually decided to reverse this decision, possibly because of a relatively large public outcry that it generated. In an email sent to banned users earlier today, Google informed them that their accounts had been suspended as a part of the company's "fraud prevention efforts," noting that the said sanctions have now been lifted.

Despite reactivating the accounts, the Internet company pointed out that it takes all violations of its TOS rather seriously and asked affected users to examine the thereof so that situations such as this one can be avoided in the future. Speaking of which, Google's representatives asserted that repeated offenses probably won't be sanctioned as lightly. Google also contacted the money-saving website Dan's Deals that initially broke this story and stated that the measures taken against the resellers of its phones were taken in order to ensure everyone can purchase the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL at "a fair price."

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