We scoured the web and found juicy deals at the Google Store, Best Buy, and B&H. You can also find decent sales through two of the three major carriers that have partnered with Google (Verizon and T-Mobile, but not Sprint), but they’re not as consumer-friendly. We’ve still listed them in case they’re your only option.
Given that Google already shaved down the price for a Pixel 3a to $399 by taking the Pixel 3 and swapping in plastic for glass, a mid-tier processor, and a smaller storage capacity, it’s surprising you can get them for even less. But there’s no need to question these promotions—it’s best to just hop on one of them now.
For starters, all Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL purchases qualify for a $100 Google Store credit to your account until May 18th. (You must check out while logged into your Google account.) Note that this is for the Google Store, which sells Google’s physical products (phones, Nest devices, Chromecast, etc), and not Google Play.
Google also offers as much as $250 trade-in credit toward your purchase of a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL if you send them your old phone. iPhone owners make out the best—the oldest model accepted, the iPhone 6, still qualifies for the $250 credit. If that’s not enough to stack, Google Fi subscribers (new or existing) can qualify for a $100 Fi credit, too. That offer expires May 18th, too.
On top of all that, new users of YouTube Music Premium can get a 3-month free trial. (Current YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, or Google Play Music subscribers or those who’ve previously tried YouTube Red or Google Play Music via a trial are not eligible.)
Assuming that you’re trading in an iPhone 6 or newer, or one of the latest Samsung phones, you can pay as little as $150 out of pocket for a Pixel 3a plus a case, earbuds, extra charger, or whatever other Google devices you might want to pair with your new phone. The phone comes unlocked, too, so no worries about messing with carrier contracts. And if you’re interested in Google Fi, buying a Pixel 3a can net you $100 in subscription credit to boot.
In other words, Google really wants iPhone users to switch to an all-Google lifestyle. If that’s you, get in while the getting’s good.
Purchase a Pixel 3a or a Pixel 3a XL through Best Buy, and the retailer will give you a $100 store credit. It shows up in your cart immediately as a digital gift card, which is about as straightforward as you can get.
If you’re in the market to activate a line of service with Sprint, you can also get $100 off the phone and the $100 store credit. All other carriers (or choosing to activate the phone later) do not qualify for this discount.
The New York-based electronics store is offering a $100 store credit and a 3-month Mint Mobile 8GB plan SIM card kit to anyone buying a Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL. Delivery of the credit comes in the form of a digital gift card.
With the right phone used for trade-in, you can actually get a Pixel 3a for free (or a Pixel 3a XL for very little) through the self-proclaimed “Uncarrier.” Sort of.
The catch is that the trade-in credit you receive is doled out over a two year span, meaning you’ll have to stick it out with T-Mobile for that long to get the deal in full. You also have to be among the “most creditworthy” of customers to qualify for $0 down on the phone and having the monthly payments canceled out by your trade-in credit.
Like the other carriers, Big Red’s discounts on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are designed to keep you locked to their service: It’s spread out in installments over two years. You get a modest $50 for a phone upgrade on an existing line, and $100 if you start a new line of service.
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Alaina Yee is PCWorld's resident bargain hunter—when she's not covering PC building, computer components, mini-PCs, and more, she's scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.