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At $799 and $899 respectively, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are not cheap phones, but as usual there are a number of deals you can take advantage of to soften the blow. Verizon has partnered with Google, making it the only major carrier you can buy the phone from directly (alongside Google's lesser-known Project Fi service), and Best Buy is the phone’s retail partner. As you can imagine, this somewhat limits the scope of potential deals.
Despite the small landscape of options, however, there are still some great — if slightly restrictive — pre-order deals on offer from all of the aforementioned outlets.
We’ve rounded up the best discounts below, for your convenience.
Best Overall Value: Best Buy
Best Trade-in Value: Verizon
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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Deals and Discounts
Verizon is pitching a rather attractive buy-one-get-one-free deal on the Pixel 3. Alternatively, you can opt for $799.99 credit on a second Pixel device if you choose to buy the more expensive Pixel 3 XL. But wait! If you finance the phone through Best Buy, you’ll get this deal as well as Best Buy’s $100 gift card offer, so we’d recommend you go that way (more details in the next section).
It’s important to realize how the deal works. First thing to note is that the second phone has to be a newly added line. More importantly, you’ll have to pay the monthly payments on both phones for one or two billing cycles, after which you’ll start seeing credit for $33.33 on your bills, covering the cost of the second phone.
It’s also worth noting that the credits will end if you cancel or transfer your line, so this deal works out best if you stick with it to the end of the 24-month period.
If you're looking to trade in a current phone, Verizon is offering up to $590 for an iPhone X 256GB, which makes it the best trade-in opportunity out of all the retailers (exact trade values may vary greatly across a range of phones).
If you finance a Pixel 3 with Best Buy, you’ll snag yourself a $100 Best Buy E-Gift Card, which is very nice indeed. Even better, since Best Buy is partnered with Verizon, you also get the benefit of Verizon’s buy-one-get-one-free deal. That’s a saving of almost $900 once all is said and done. Sweet!
Note that the $100 e-gift card is offered with financing agreements only. Those looking to pay for the phone in one hit are not eligible. Also, Best Buy is only selling the phone with Verizon lines, so if you’re a committed customer of another carrier, you’ll have to get your new phone elsewhere.
Best Buy doesn’t have any trade-in specials for the older Pixel models, but a top-range iPhone X could get you $500 — that’s $90 less than Verizon, and the worst of our comparisons.
Google Project Fi
If you're braving the new world with Google's own Project Fi cell service, you'll have yet another buy-one-get-one option that's very much like that offered by Verizon. You buy one Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and you'll get $799 credit on the second phone.
Similarly to Verizon, the second device has to be activated on a new line of service — either added to an existing group plan or as part of a new group plan. And credits will be applied to bill statements 45-60 days after the activation of both devices. Once again, the focus here appears to be on new customers, but you can have a good read through the full terms and conditions here.
Keep in mind that to access this offer you're better off going directly through the Project Fi website. We dug around the Google Store — through which you can obviously subscribe to Project Fi — but oddly found no mention of this Fi-only deal.
Google hopes to sweeten the deal by offering six months of YouTube Music access when you purchase and activate any Pixel 3 phone before December 31, 2018.
This deal, however, leaves its most loyal customers in the cold. In order to receive the six-month free subscription, you have to be a new customer. This means you get nothing of you’re an existing subscriber, or if you’ve ever subscribed to YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium, Google Play Music or YouTube Red. You’re also ineligible if you’ve ever participated in a trial for YouTube Red or Google Play Music.
If none of the above applies, you’ll still have to attach a valid form of payment to your account, which will be billed at $9.99 per month on the seventh month if you don’t cancel before the end of the trial. Be sure to set a cancellation reminder!
Additionally, customers who opted in for Google's Pixel marketing emails can receive a $50 Google Store credit when they order any Pixel 3 device from Google. The prmotion is only valid until October 18th, and it will take up to four to six weeks for the credit to be applied to your account.
Google also offers up to $550 trade-in value on your current phone (that max value is reserved for current-gen devices like an iPhone X, which isn’t mind-blowing, but something to consider).
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