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Google finally officially revealed the Pixel 4a last week, and if you're still on the fence about buying one, you should definitely read our review. With an outstanding camera, great battery life, long software support, and a really aggressive price tag, Google's new budget phone is in a class of its own. And if you want to find the best deals and places to find Google's new budget phone, we've got a guide.
There are more than a few places to buy Google's new phone, each with their own discounts, trade-in deals, or outright discounts. That's why we're compiling all options right here, with everything you need to know about each.
Just like every other Pixel (and Nexus) phone, Google is selling the Pixel 4a carrier-unlocked on its online store. If you're not sure which carrier you'll end up using, or you want the freedom to swap between networks later on without going through an annoying unlock process, you should consider buying the 4a from the Google Store.
The Google Store gives you the option of trading in an older device during checkout to drop the Pixel 4a's final price, though the values are usually significantly lower than you could get selling the phone yourself. Here are some of the trade-in values for devices in good condition:
- iPhone XS Max (64GB): $320
- iPhone XS (64GB): $260
- iPhone XR (64GB): $225
- Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB): $220
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128GB): $220
- Samsung Galaxy Note10 (256GB): $295
- Google Pixel 3 (64GB): $163
- Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB): $180
- Pixel 3a: $120
- Pixel 3a XL: $135
The Pixel 4a is available to pre-order starting today from the Google Store, starting at $349. The phone comes with three-month trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass, and Google One. If you pre-order the phone today (August 3rd), you can use code GOOGLESTORE2DAY at checkout to get two-day free shipping.
On top of the trade-in discount and coupon code, Google One subscribers get a small amount of Google Store credit back with every store purchase. Subscribers to the 200GB plan get 3% back in store credit, while 2TB subscribers get 10% back. That works out to be $10.50 or $34.90 in store credits, respectively — something to put towards a case, perhaps.
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Amazon is selling the carrier-unlocked version of the Pixel 4a for the standard price of $349, and you can add one of the official cases for $40 extra.
Best Buy is selling the carrier-unlocked version of the Pixel 4a (the same one you would get from the Google Store) for the standard price of $349.99. However, if you activate the phone on a supported carrier during the checkout process, the total can drop to just $299.99.
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The Pixel 4a is also available for pre-order from Google's pre-paid carrier, Google Fi. Just like with the Google Store option, your purchase includes three-month trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass, and Google One. Google Fi also has the same trade-in program as the Google Store, though Fi seems to offer better values for some devices:
- Pixel 3a: $85-120
- Pixel 3a XL: $72.50-115
- Pixel 3: $110.50-173
- Pixel 3a XL: $117.50-190
- Pixel 2: $32-$52
- Pixel 2 XL: $26-54
- Pixel: $22.50-$27
- Pixel XL: $22.50-27
Besides any discount you get from trading in an old phone, Google Fi is selling the Pixel 4a for $349 outright, or $14.54/month.
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If you're on Verizon, and you don't mind possibly having a permanently-locked bootloader (as previous Verizon Pixels have had), you can get the Verizon Pixel 4a from the Google Store or Verizon proper for just $10/mo when you add a new line — much preferable to the inflated full retail price of $380 for these exclusive units. You also get the option to trade in an older phone at checkout.
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U.S. Cellular isn't taking pre-orders for the Pixel 4a, so you'll have to wait until August 20th to buy it from the carrier. New subscribers who buy a Pixel 4a and join an unlimited plan (Port in and Basic, Everyday, or Even Better Unlimited) will get $350 of bill credits, essentially making the phone free if you stay on U.S. Cellular for long enough.
In the meantime, the carrier-unlocked Pixel 4a should work on U.S. Cellular, though the company's IMEI checker tool has not been updated to confirm that.
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