Google's Pixel 4a 5G mid-ranger scores record high discount in unlocked variant

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Google's Pixel 4a 5G mid-ranger scores record high discount in unlocked variant
Priced at an almost surprisingly reasonable $499 right off the bat, Google's most affordable 5G-enabled smartphone to date didn't leave a lot of room for deals. Commercially released just a few weeks after the slightly more expensive and slightly more premium-looking Pixel 5, the 6.2-inch Pixel 4a 5G was indeed not discounted very often during its first couple of months of availability, especially in an unlocked version.

But now that a Pixel 5a mid-ranger is apparently right around the corner, you might be pleased to hear the aforementioned plastic-made Snapdragon 765 handset is on sale at 50 bucks less than usual in an unlocked model nationwide.

The unprecedented albeit far from mind-blowing price cut is available pretty much everywhere across the US, from Google's own official e-store to Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo Video. While nowhere near as compelling as what Xfinity Mobile is offering at the time of this writing, the new discount obviously comes with absolutely no strings attached, allowing you to use the phone on whatever carrier you want.

That being said, it's important to keep in mind that the unlocked Pixel 4a 5G does not support Verizon's blazing fast Ultra Wideband network. Instead, you'll have to settle for Big Red's significantly lower "nationwide" 5G speeds or activate the device on AT&T or T-Mobile, where it can tap into low and mid-band spectrum.

Speaking of carrier activation, bargain hunters could be interested in Best Buy's additional $50 savings for Verizon and AT&T customers willing to choose their mobile network operator upfront. Even better, new Sprint lines and altogether new accounts can purchase the Pixel 4a 5G for as little as $349.99 and take advantage of T-Mobile's market-leading 5G infrastructure.

At these prices, whether you'll opt for upfront carrier activation or not, it's objectively hard to beat the camera performance, battery life, and especially the software experience of this stock Android-running handset guaranteed to receive major updates through the fall of 2023.

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Pixel 4a 5G
  • Display 6.2 inches 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3885 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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