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Google Fi: Buy/Activate Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4/Z Flip4, Trade-In S21/S20U 5G EXPIRED

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Google Fi offers New Customers: Elevated Trade-In Values of Up to $640 for eligible Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G / S21 Devices valid toward the purchase / activation of a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4 or S22 Series device with Port-In of an existing qualifying number to Google Fi (plans start at $20/month). Shipping is free.

Thanks to community member RyosukeFC for finding this deal.

Requirements:
  1. Must be a new Google Fi customer (someone who has never had Fi service or someone whose last day of Fi service took place more than 180 days before partaking in this promotion).
  2. Purchase / activate an eligible Samsung device on a new Google Fi line.
  3. Port-in a qualifying number to Google Fi within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email. Fi-to-Fi number transfers are not eligible.
  4. Activate your new device within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email and keep the qualifying phone active on Google Fi for 120 consecutive days. Plans start at $20/month (see details).
    • You must activate on the same Fi account used to purchase the phone or be a new member of the purchaser's group plan.
  5. Your trade-in credit will be issued as follows:
    • If you pay in full for your new device today: Trade-in value issued as a refund to your original payment method / credit card up to the pre-tax discounted price paid for your device; with the remainder issued as a Google Fi service credit to your account.
    • If you finance your new phone via monthly device payments: Complete trade-in value issued as Google Fi service credit applicable towards payment of your Google Fi service.
Elevated Trade-In Values:
  • Galaxy S20+: from $337.50 (cracked screen) to $445
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: from $485 (cracked screen) to $630
  • Galaxy S21: from $492.50 (cracked screen) to $640
  • Galaxy S21+: from $310 (cracked screen) to $475
Example:
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra $599.99 (before tax)
  • - $599.99 (of $640 total) in trade-in value for Galaxy S21 (non-cracked screen) = $0 for device (tax not included)
  • + $40.01 in remain trade-in value (of $640 total) issued as Google Fi service credit to your active Fi account.
    • Price for service may vary depending on the Fi plan selection made by the customer. Plans start at $20/month (see details).

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Not sure if I should make a separate thread for this. For those of you who have been around for awhile, Google Fi deals really is nothing new. The only reason why I am making a new thread is because I just saw them giving some unusual trade in value for the Galaxy S21 (regular S21, not the + or ultra). Right now, I am seeing them offering $625/$640 trade in value for a S21 with working screen, and $492.5/$500 trade in value for a S21 with cracked screen. (values for 128GB/256GB version)

With the increased trade in value, you can get a S22 Ultra for around $50 + tax out of pocket by trading in a S21 (port in and 4 months of services required). You can also do the same to get a Z Flip 4 by trading in a cracked screen S21.

Example: Break down in cost for S22 Ultra:
Phone cost: $600 + tax on the $600 price
Service cost: $80 + ~$20 regulatory fee
Trade in value (S21 with working screen): $625 (iirc, if trade in value is higher than phone price, the extra go to service credit. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong)
Referral credit: $20
Cost out of pocket: $600 + tax + $80 + ~$20 - $625 - $20 = ~$55 + tax

Example: Break down in cost for Z Flip 4:
Phone cost: $500 + tax on the $500 price
Service cost: $80 + ~$20 regulatory fee
Trade in value (Cracked screen S21): $492.5
Referral credit: $20
Cost out of pocket: $500 + tax + $80 + ~$20 - $492.5 - $20 = ~$87.5 + tax

Similar to most of the Google Fi deals, you have to pay for the promo price + tax when ordering the phone and the trade in value for the phone will be refunded to your card until later.

Update (9/25, ~5:30pm EDT): I went back to check the trade in value after reading through some replies. I might've missed some of them last night or maybe they just updated some phones trade in value during the day. These galaxy phones also seem to have their trade in value increased:
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G - Non cracked - $610/$620/$630 (128G/256G/512G)
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G - Cracked - $485/$490/$495 (128G/256G/512G)
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G - Non cracked - $580/$605/$605 (128G/256G/512G)
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G - Non cracked - $430/$442.5/$442.5 (128G/256G/512G)

It is kinda interesting because for the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, you are actually getting a higher trade in value from Google Fi vs BestBuy.

https://fi.google.com/about/phones/
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yk88 asked this question on 09-27-2022 at 02:39 PM
10-03-2022 at 04:03 PM
yes, make sure you get a older referral code and not a new one
dshoppr asked this question on 10-04-2022 at 10:31 AM
10-04-2022 at 10:31 AM
$25 only. tbh, it is probably better to just buy a used phone from Ebay for trade in rather than using the Pixel 3 as a trade in.
kaiotes asked this question on 10-14-2022 at 12:26 PM
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In Google Fi app, go to billing-> Fi saving -> in progress.
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Get Get Google Voice numbers and port that to Google Fi.

Once you get the new phones activate them with the fi sims.

Then the fi sims can be removed and the tmobile sims put in. Keep fi sims in a drawer and cancel fi service after 4 months.

Fi phones come unlocked.
I understand you have chatted with the representative, but based on what people had reported in the past, I don't think the rep is correct. I have heard people having their promotions voided when they put the Google Fi sim into a different phone. It is up to you to decide who to trust, but I am just speaking based on what I have seen on the Google Fi deals during the past 2-3 years.

If you want to see what people had reported in the past, you can read through some of the replies on this thread: (I searched using the keyword void on that thread)

https://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?showposts=1&threadid=14753963&q=void


You are missing the point here. Google Fi is offering lower trade in value, but their phone is also a few hundred bucks cheaper even if you added the cost for the service.

For BestBuy, S21 has a trade in value of $800 but the S22+/S22 Ultra is $800/$1000. Here, the S21 has a trade in value of $625 but the S22+/S22 Ultra is only $400/$600 + cost of service.

If you have a S21 (and not any other phone), it is still cheaper to do the Google Fi trade in vs the BestBuy trade in.

Edit: Fixed some sentences/wordings/grammars, etc.

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So existing Fi user with S21 can trade in and get S22 ultra for free?
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Thanks for sharing. Wondering if the 4 months service is needed to unlock the phone? Do you happen to know if it is locked to T-Mobile? What if I am already a TMobile user and don't mind a phone locked to T-Mobile?
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Thanks for sharing. Wondering if the 4 months service is needed to unlock the phone? Do you happen to know if it is locked to T-Mobile? What if I am already a TMobile user and don't mind a phone locked to T-Mobile?
Google Fi phones are all unlocked out of the box. You can use it on T mobile right away if you want. The only 2 requirements you need to satisfy are to activate the phone with the Google Fi sim that comes with the phone and keep the service for 4 months. You don't need to use the service if you don't want to, but just make sure you don't put the Google Fi sim in another phone because that will void the promotion.
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So existing Fi user with S21 can trade in and get S22 ultra for free?
Current Fi user only get $400 off from promotion, so that will cost you $200 more. To get the phone at the price I mentioned, you will probably have to sign up for Google Fi service on a new Google account. Though, you won't be able to keep your current number that way.
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So existing Fi user with S21 can trade in and get S22 ultra for free?
No. The phone costs $799 for current users. Also could not verify trade-in works for current users. Curious though.
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S22+ cost $600 for current user. Maybe that one will work then?

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No. The phone costs $799 for current users. Also could not verify trade-in works for current users. Curious though.
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Quote from littlestone :
S22+ cost $600 for current user. Maybe that one will work then?
Z Flip 4 also works if you are not only looking for the S22 Ultra.

Promotion terms for current Fi user: (Edit: for Z Flip 4)
How do I qualify for the $400 discount?
An existing Fi customer is someone who currently has Fi service or whose last day of Fi service took place within the last 180 days.
To qualify for the $400 discount, you need to:
Activate the phone on an existing full service plan (data-only SIMs do not qualify) within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email and keep the qualifying phone active on Google Fi for 60 consecutive days.
You must activate on the same Fi account used to purchase the phone or be a current member of the purchaser's group plan. If you activate the phone on a new Fi account, you are not eligible for this promotion.
If you do not currently have Fi service and your last day of Fi service took place within the last 180 days as part of an existing single subscriber or group plan, you must also bring/transfer your number to Fi within 30 days of the shipment confirmation email. Fi-to-Fi number transfers are not eligible.
The discounted price will automatically apply during checkout. If you do not meet the conditions above, $400 will be charged to your Google Pay account.

Edit2: For S22+, you only need to keep the phone active for 30 days for current Fi user.
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Insanely good deal, OP.

Question: Can you order the phone with the lowest plan, and route data through an esim to save money? Else the single person plans are prohibitive at ~8 GB.
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Insanely good deal, OP.

Question: Can you order the phone with the lowest plan, and route data through an esim to save money? Else the single person plans are prohibitive at ~8 GB.
Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for the esim question since I have never done it myself on Google Fi.

However, I know people who ordered phones from Google Fi usually just activate the Google Fi service, then immediately replace the Google Fi with their own carrier sim after that since the phone is unlocked.

This works because the promotion terms only required you to activate the phone on Google Fi and keep the service active for 4 months. Basically, as long as you pay for 4 months (either with Google Fi credit or with your credit card), they don't care whether you make call/text or use the data at all. The only thing you cannot do is to put the Google Fi sim to another phone because that will associate your account to a different imei, which violated the promotion term that required 120 days consecutive service on the phone.
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I thought you had to subscribe to the $50 unlimited plan to get the phone discount
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Quote from GABulldawg :
I thought you had to subscribe to the $50 unlimited plan to get the phone discount
You can use the $20 plan to get the discount (unless they changed it recently).
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Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for the esim question since I have never done it myself on Google Fi.

However, I know people who ordered phones from Google Fi usually just activate the Google Fi service, then immediately replace the Google Fi with their own carrier sim after that since the phone is unlocked.

This works because the promotion terms only required you to activate the phone on Google Fi and keep the service active for 4 months. Basically, as long as you pay for 4 months (either with Google Fi credit or with your credit card), they don't care whether you make call/text or use the data at all. The only thing you cannot do is to put the Google Fi sim to another phone because that will associate your account to a different imei, which violated the promotion term that required 120 days consecutive service on the phone.
Thanks OP! I'm reading the promo T&C here, and nothing precludes two sims. It just says my service should be active, which it will be.

https://fi.google.com/about/promo...d2eN8FAA==

Also no mention of any plan needed. The standard $20 plan should work.

BTW, looks like you cant order a SIM card to go with the phone.
If you do, you'll get your money back in Fi Credit rather than in cash.

Fi credit
If you finance a phone or order a Google Fi SIM

Screenshot for reference: https://imgur.com/a/Cm8bVz7
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Thanks OP! I'm reading the promo T&C here, and nothing precludes two sims. It just says my service should be active, which it will be.

https://fi.google.com/about/promo...d2eN8FAA== [google.com]

Also no mention of any plan needed. The standard $20 plan should work.

BTW, looks like you cant order a SIM card to go with the phone.
If you do, you'll get your money back in Fi Credit rather than in cash.

Fi credit
If you finance a phone or order a Google Fi SIM

Screenshot for reference: https://imgur.com/a/Cm8bVz7

You should select "Credit Card Refund" option. From experience, the Google Fi sim should be inside the phone already, so you don't really need to order another sim for that.

(The second option probably just means whether you want to get a second Google Fi sim for another phone. Then when they issue the refund, they can issue the refund as Google Fi credit so that you can use it to pay for the service. Personally, I never picked that option)
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Quote from RyosukeFC :
You should select "Credit Card Refund" option. From experience, the Google Fi sim should be inside the phone already, so you don't really need to order another sim for that.

(The second option probably just means whether you want to get a second Google Fi sim for another phone. Then when they issue the refund, they can issue the refund as Google Fi credit so that you can use it to pay for the service. Personally, I never picked that option)
Got it, looks like I don't even need to pick up a google Fi Sim from Best Buy in that case.
The SIM is inside the phone ? As in Google pays Samsung to install the SIM inside? For the same SKU as the unlocked SKU's?

Went hunting on the google Fi Subreddit, looks like adding an esim is fine:

https://www.reddit.com/r/GoogleFi..._discount/
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