exactly, all pixels 6 and up have had NZ carrier settings rolled out to them by Google - not by the carriers.
Yep - but when you jump through the hoops to talk to a Google human, their answer is "the carrier needs to ask us to have settings enabled for each phone." So, my question is why not ask for 4(5g)/5/5a as well? OR- did Spark ask and they said NO? OR - is Google just full of crap and it was a unilateral decision?
Ruphus: Isn't this the risk you take when you choose to import a phone that is not offically supported by a carrier in NZ? YMMV.
Oh, totally - my problem is that there is a large install base, they are still one of the more popular 2nd hand imports and this decision pushes them into obsolescence quicker. We don't need to push stuff towards e-waste quicker than we already do. These phones are getting android 14, are one of the few small factor phones that aren't junk and have a robust body polycarb body that can take a few hits; they fill a niche.