Last week, we were excited to see the Pixel 5a drop below $ 400 thanks to a Black Friday sale on Google. Well, someone went and downgraded Google on the budget Pixel, and it happens to be Google’s own wireless service provider.
In this new Black Friday phone deal, Google Fi is taking $ 100 off the Pixel 5a, bringing its cost down to $ 349. Pixel fans will recognize that price as the same cost as last year’s Pixel 4a, making it one of the best smartphone values at the time.
Considering that the Pixel 5a has 5G connectivity and dual rear camera lenses, features that are lacking in its predecessor, we would say that the new phone is an even better value at this price.
Google Fi is Google’s phone service. As an MVNO, Google does not use its own cell towers, but relies on T-Mobile, US Cellular and what is left of Sprint’s network now that it is part of T-Mobile to provide coverage. That includes 5G coverage. The Pixel 5a is optimized for the Google network, which means it can capture the best available cellular signal wherever you are. You can also switch to Wi-Fi access points to avoid consuming too much data.
The Google Fi unlimited plan is the same price as the Magenta plan at T-Mobile: $ 70 per month for a single data line. (The concert price is $ 20 for unlimited talk and text, plus $ 10 for every gigabyte of data you use.) While Google Fi doesn’t offer some of the benefits you would get from a larger carrier, it is especially attractive to people who travel a lot, as Google Fi subscribers can use their plans at no additional charge when they are in more than 200 countries. .
The Pixel 5a isn’t the only Google Fi-optimized phone to get a carrier discount for Black Friday. Google Fi also sells phones from Samsung and Motorola, and those are also getting discounts during the holidays. Some of the more attractive offers include Galaxy Z Flip $ 200 off, the Galaxy S21 for $ 400 off and a $ 150 off the Motorola One 5G Ace.
Buying any of these phones will require a commitment to Google Fi, although we’ve generally had pleasant experiences testing the service. (See our Google Fi review for more information.) And the Pixel 5a, with its great photographic features, is certainly worth switching to another carrier at this price point.