Posted by William Charles on May 14, 2019
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Published on May 14th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Original Google Pixel Microphone Class Action Settlement – Up To $500

The Basics

If you purchased one of the original Google Pixel or Pixel XL smart phones before January 4th, 2017 you could be eligible for a class action settlement. Claimants alleged that these pixels have a defect that leads to microphone or speaker failures, Google has denied any wrong doing but has agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle the case.

Who Is Eligible & How Much Will They Receive?

Anybody who purchased a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL before January 4, 2017 and did not receive a replacement pixel manufactured after January 3, 2017 or refurbished after June 5, 2017. The amount you will be eligible to receive is dependent on the issues you faced and will be awarded as follows:

  1. $20 will be set aside to each person who did not experience the alleged audio defect or who cannot provide any documentation to show they experienced it
  2. Second people who paid an insurance deductible to receive a replacement pixel will be refunded the amount of the deductible
  3. Third people who experienced the alleged audio defect on more than one pixel will be paid $500 each
  4. Fourth people who experienced the alleged audio defect on one Pixel will be paid $350 each unless there is not enough money left to make those payments in which case the rest of the fund will be distributed to them on a pro rata basis

File A Claim

Currently it’s not possible to file a claim as the law firm in charge of this website is currently down. In addition it doesn’t look like the official website has been set up for this particular case yet. We are also still waiting on a court to approve this settlement.  The lawfirms website is as follows: https://chimicles.com/google-pixel-smartphone-microphone-defect-class-action-investigation/. We will repost this when it’s possible to make a claim

Our Verdict

I imagine most people are only going to end up getting $20 rather than $350 or $500. I always think it’s worth participating in these settlements if you’re eligible because realistically it’s not like you’re going to seek legal action yourself. Total settlement fund of $7.25 million seems low, but I really have no idea how many people this problem affected.



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adderly
adderly

dr or any other of the pros here, can someone tell me if if i port my google number over to fi will i lose my number on google voice? if i lsoe my google voice number how can I use hangouts to place a call over the data when overseas so i dont have to pay international rates, which can sometimes be 20 cents a minute?

ted
ted

also, another add on what if i have sprint can is et up call and text message forwarding when using a phone on google fi?

Brian
Brian

If you port to fi you will lose any access to google voice. You can later cancel fi and port the number back from fi to google voice if you like.

Vishal
Vishal

No, you won’t lose your number on google voice.
If (and when) you cancel your Fi service, the number will go back to being your Google Voice number.
In the meantime, you can continue to use hangouts to make calls. If there are any charges associated with the call, they will show up in your monthly bill.

brian
brian

thanks VIshal and kyle for the info , i thought porting over your google voice makes you lsoe your number when usign hangouts? i guess not thank you for time

Kyle
Kyle

you can use hangouts with your Fi number to make international calls over wifi/data. i think that’s like the whole point of Fi, everything works over data. i’ve got my SMS coming in over data so i still use Hangouts as my default SMS app and then i can have all convos thru gmail on PC (RIP Inbox).

ted
ted

happens to be some devices discussed on forums ,that are not fi designed work on google fi, but don’t have wifi calling? does that mean you cannot call over data with apps like google voice?

Anonny Mous
Anonny Mous

So am I screwed now as I wait for my replacement Pixel in mail? I should have sucked it up another week? Bought 12/2016, sent for repair of microphone 4/25/19, received it back more broke than when I sent it, they authorized replacement 5/10 but haven’t received it yet. (sent mine back already though) If I read this right I can only get $20 and I’m hosed?

John K
John K

I haven’t read the agreement and I don’t know the details, but if you do end up only being eligible for $20 and you feel like you deserve more you can exempt yourself from the class and seek your own compensation with Google.

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