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64GB Google Pixel 3a Unlocked Smartphone (various colors) EXPIRED

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Best Buy.com has 64GB Google Pixel 3a Unlocked Smartphone for $279.99 when you select Activate Later. Shipping is free, otherwise free store pickup is available where stock permits. Thanks ZestfullyClean & DealHunter406 [discuss]

Note, alternatively you may purchase for $229.99 when you activate on AT&T or Verizon.

Available colors: Specs
  • 5.6" 2220x1080 OLED display (18.5:9 ratio)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Octa-Core Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Cameras: 12.2MP rear | 8MP front
  • 802.11ac WiFi | Bluetooth 5.0 | NFC
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • USB C port w/ 18W Fast Charging (Power Delivery 2.0)
  • Android 9.0 Pie

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Amazon also has 64GB Google Pixel 3a Unlocked Smartphone (Just Black) for $279.99Shipping is free.
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Looks like BestBuy has a sale on its unlocked Google Pixel 3a.
  • $279.99 (Activate Later)
  • $229.99 (Activate Today)
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/goog...Id=6347785

Seems like it's a pretty good deal since the $299 sale on Amazon a while ago was popular. Colors currently in stock are Black, White & Purpleish.

Mine came out to $309 (tax included) with free shipping.
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from the reviews, is 3a better than 4?
That's going to be a "it depends." I have a 3a XL, but on paper the 4 (and 3) is better specs. Before buying i looked at all three phones in comparison at an in store display. The 4 sure looked nice, but the better specs just didn't feel worth the price difference, and the 3 being a model year older, even with better specs as well really didn't feel worth it either. That said, if you want wireless charging go with 3(iirc) or 4, or an extra telephoto camera on back, then the 4. If you are not ready to loose a 3.5mm port, go for the 3a. If curious the XL of both 3a and 4 are nearly identical size physically, but the screen is definitely bigger on the 4.
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NIce. I'm not a big paper spec person either. Phones for me have to have fantastic earpiece/speakerphone voice quality, reception, battery life, feel good in the hand and operate relatively smooth. I'm constantly buying and selling phones looking for the perfect beast. Not sure if this Pixel would pass in the battery department.
For me the 3a XL fits all those criteria. I had a 4XL which I sold and went back to the 3aXL. Battery life is fantastic btw.
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Am I reading this right? Return policy is 14 days and restocking fee is $45 even within window?
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I have a oneplus 6T that on paper is way faster than this, I bought it anyways and between the 2, I find myself using the 3a XL much more.
Same here. I purchased a OnePlus 6T to use for work (home inspections, so 4-6 hours use/day) 6 months ago I tried the 3a XL and the 6T has be sitting ever since. The Pixel just feels snappier and the taking pictures is bit smoother (I take 250-500+ pictures a day).

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I'm very impressed with the less "premium version" of the Pixel phone. My wife and I have had the Pixel 3 for over a year and I always upgrade asap, but didn't yet with the 4( it's not a big upgrade and I really enjoy using my fingerprint to login to apps, which most apps don't face unlock yet), but I'll highly consider the 4a as my main device if/when it comes out. I actually prefer plastic backs over glass.
Anyways, I hope that helps someone.
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So, please help clarify this for me:

backstory: I bought a Pixel 3 XL for myself in May direct from Google. I bought the "Verizon" model. The sim card they sent wouldn't work. I called Verizon and they had me take the sim out of my old phone, put it in the new phone. After some work on the Verizon end, my pixel 3 XL was working fine (and somehow they didn't charge me the $40 upgrade fee)

If I buy this for my wife as an unlocked, is it basically the same thing? We buy the phone and then swap the SIM card?

Also, what does activate now vs. activate later mean (aside from the obvious)? Assuming I need to swap the SIM card, does that mean I would have to do it in store in order to select "Activate Now"?
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Am I reading this right? Return policy is 14 days and restocking fee is $45 even within window?
Oh yeah, Best Buy has the worst return policy. I'd be sure you want the phone. At the $230 price point a return fee makes even less sense.
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Also, what does activate now vs. activate later mean (aside from the obvious)? Assuming I need to swap the SIM card, does that mean I would have to do it in store in order to select "Activate Now"?
Activate now would be like an upgrade (or new line) which they would ship with a SIM which is tied to your number. Activate later would not have a SIM and you just pop your existing SIM in whenever.
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So, please help clarify this for me:

backstory: I bought a Pixel 3 XL for myself in May direct from Google. I bought the "Verizon" model. The sim card they sent wouldn't work. I called Verizon and they had me take the sim out of my old phone, put it in the new phone. After some work on the Verizon end, my pixel 3 XL was working fine (and somehow they didn't charge me the $40 upgrade fee)

If I buy this for my wife as an unlocked, is it basically the same thing? We buy the phone and then swap the SIM card?

Also, what does activate now vs. activate later mean (aside from the obvious)? Assuming I need to swap the SIM card, does that mean I would have to do it in store in order to select "Activate Now"?
I can confirm... If you purchase with Activation from Best Buy, Verizon WILL still charge an upgrade/activation fee even if you just swap sim cards.
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Activate now would be like an upgrade (or new line) which they would ship with a SIM which is tied to your number. Activate later would not have a SIM and you just pop your existing SIM in whenever.
So if I have T-Mobile and would intend on using it immediately, I could do activate now and save the $50 and just use my SIM?

Edit: nevermind, just clicked through the page and realized they don't carry T-Mobile, therefore I can't activate it today with them...
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I still have the Essential phone. Is this any better or more of a lateral move? My essential has been great, but battery life starting to suffer.
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Would this be an upgrade from iPhone 7? Hmm
Different operating systems so kind of hard to compare, but going from a 7 Plus to a 3 XL the camera is definitely better on the 3 XL but besides night sight it was not as big an upgrade as I was expecting. The 3a has the same camera as the 3 XL.
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Anyone here think it's worth upgrading from a Pixel 2 XL to the Pixel 3a XL?
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Activate now would be like an upgrade (or new line) which they would ship with a SIM which is tied to your number. Activate later would not have a SIM and you just pop your existing SIM in whenever.

That makes sense now, thank you for clarifying.


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I can confirm... If you purchase with Activation from Best Buy, Verizon WILL still charge an upgrade/activation fee even if you just swap sim cards.

Thanks, I was expecting that. I was also expecting that last time for me, so I assumed mine was a fluke.
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Note: Same price on Amazon : Google - Pixel 3a with 64GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Just Black - G020G https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R7DY...9Db3TE7MDJ
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