Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL getting big discounts at T-Mobile

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T-Mobile today launched pretty awesome deals on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

The Pixel 4 is now on sale at T-Mobile for $399.99, which is 50% off its normal asking price. The larger Pixel 4 XL is on sale, too, and it’s available for $499.99, which is a 44% discount.

These discounts apply to the 64GB versions of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and the Just Black and Clearly White versions of the two Pixels are available as of this post.

As a refresher, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL both feature a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, and stereo speakers. They’ve each got a dual rear camera setup with a 12.2MP main camera and 16MP telephoto cam, and on the front there’s an 8MP camera and face unlock support. The smaller Pixel 4 features a 5.7-inch 2280×1080 OLED screen while the Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch 3040×1440 OLED display, and both screens support a 90Hz refresh rate.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the prices of Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 phones, some folks felt that they’re a little expensive. These T-Mobile Pixel 4 deals are a great option if you’re in the market for a new Android phone that’s a bit more affordable. Both phones offer specs that are still plenty high-end at prices that are similar to Google’s affordable Pixel 3a and 3a XL models.

Thanks Matthew!

Sources: T-Mobile Pixel 4, T-Mobile Pixel 4 XL

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  • Android_God

    LOL! Yet another glaring example of what a racket this whole business model is of selling phones.

    • Acdc1a

      Once upon a time they gave away phones or sold them at a HUGE loss to get you in a contract. Today there is a 20% all the way up to a whopping 100% markup. Trust me, there’s money in it…

      • dcmanryan

        People will disagree, but we were better off with contracts. Especially if you never switch carriers. The carriers are laughing all the way to the bank.

        • Acdc1a

          My bill went down about $25 when T-Mobile killed contracts. I’ve had more flexibility in getting new phones. There’s pros and cons for each.

        • dcmanryan

          Flexibility vs price. Price wins Everytime with me. I can go every other year on phones and paying significantly less for the phone and be happy. If you switch phones yearly then it is better now probably but that’s debatable too.

        • purenupe1

          an Equipment Installment Plan ( EIP) IS A CONTRACT… the penalty for not completing it is the full coast of the phone and termination of the phone service, a penalty even greater than the contracts of old where the $375 early termination Fee (ETF) were in effect

        • dcmanryan

          While technically not a contract because you can leave with no penalty and no one is forcing you to buy a phone from the carrier or financing it I do agree with you and the point you’re making. What you pointed out is exactly why I think we were all better off getting subsidized phones every two years. There’s no doubt though the ETF would be higher than $350 today but I still think we would be better off.

      • Tinger12

        It is not due to a large markup. Offers like this are after sale “rebates” from the manufacturer to T-Mobile. It is done this way because of sales/purchase contracts signed months prior outlining pricing.

        • Acdc1a

          Unlocked Moto G7 is a good example. Moto sells them to the retailer for $126. Retail on those phones was $249. That’s almost a 100% markup if you can get MSRP. I know they’re not charging carriers more than a regular electronics retailer.

          Showing my age here but in my day AT&T bought the Nokia 8260 for $301 and sold them on contract for $299.99 which was the closest to cost we sold a phone.

  • Iphart

    $400 and $500 should be the regular price.

  • THXULTRA

    The Xl is a nice phone for $500. Much better deal then the crazy expensive new Smasungs.

    • CarlKL

      you get what you pay for..until the next new flagship comes out.

      TBH the Pixel for what it is was way overpriced. Mediocre specs.

      • THXULTRA

        It is actually a really nice phone. Look at software also not just specs.The cameras in the s10 have better specs but don’t take pictures as good as the pixel 4 does. Google assistant running voice to text on the phone is really impressive also. 90hz refresh rate at $500 isn’t common not to mention this phone gets day one android updates.

        • Mike Thaler

          My 3aXL does voice text and voice commands very well. I have a hand tremor – so being able to use voice really helps.

      • dcmanryan

        Pixel uses the SD chips on their flagship phones basically at the EOL of the chip. It’s hard to justify a Pixel knowing Samsung will have the latest and greatest SD chip in a few months for the same price or slightly more.

    • Android_God

      I know there’s more to a phone than how it looks but when I saw the pixel 4 XL next to the OnePlus 7T it was an easy decision. The XL just has an odd look to it.

      • THXULTRA

        Ya the oneplus 7t is a nice phone but doesn’t support wireless charging which is a deal breaker for me. For $100 less I like the pixel better for the face id and that google brings things to the pixel first.

  • Nate

    I feel that these are now a decent price. Wife is needing an upgrade and was thinking about getting her 3a. Maybe the pixel 4 instead now.

    Are pixels still known for battery life issues? Seems like I heard a bunch of different posts here and there where people were complaining that the batteries were not holding up well.

    • Acdc1a

      My 3a gets me through the day no problem. It serves as both phone and computer most of the time for me too, so it’s not like I’m light on use.

      • Nate

        Thank you!

        • dcmanryan

          The 3a is awesome on battery. The 4/4 XL are beyond terrible. If battery life is key get the 3a or the 4a as they’ll be much better on battery. My Pixel 3 XL averages 3:45-4:15 screen on time. That’s with auto brightness with the max brightness set at 70%. That my friend is beyond terrible battery life.

        • Notpoliticalyet

          The 4XL battery life is the best of any Nexus or Pixel device, and I’ve had just about all of them.

        • dcmanryan

          They definitely went bigger on the 4 XL but where they screwed up royally is going smaller on the regular sized 4. Remind you all it has a much better screen than a 3 too so battery life on the Pixel 4 is beyond terrible. I’ve also seen many many reviewers saying and even showing the extra mAh on the 4 XL makes little difference do to the better screen. All in all the battery life sucks on the 4/4XL/3/3XL and if battery life is your main concern buy a Moto as someone mentioned or a now cheap S9.

        • Nate

          I have been leaning towards the 3a XL for some time however, my Wife is still saying her current phone is fine….. An old Honor 6x! I think she likes that one so much mainly because it is pretty awesome on battery life. Strangely, it is still really good on battery life even after several years of use.

        • JJCommonSense

          Now if you really want a good battery but aren’t concerned about the specs, check out the Motorola G7 Power. That battery lasts an average of 3 days for me (it’s my work phone so I’m not gaming on it or anything), has a good camera and performs pretty well – AND is a good value for the price. It pretty much runs stock Android with a few motorola enhancements that you can turn off. The processor is slightly slower than the Pixel 3a and it has less ram but the cost is significantly less also. Pixel 3a/3/4 – win in the camera department for me.

        • Mike Thaler

          Never have battery problem w. my 3aXL. I’m light to medium user. Screen set to 100% brightness. Charges very fast.

        • Nate

          Thanks!

        • thepanttherlady

          My 3 XL sucks ass on battery life. Would have loved for it to be my daily but I out last it. :(

        • Nate

          I’m sorry.

    • JJCommonSense

      I just traded in my 3a for the Pixel 4XL last night. So far I haven’t noticed any noteworthy battery issues – however i’ve only had it for 1/2 a day. The one thing about Google is that you can count on them to push out upgrades and fixes. When I did my wee bit of research before pulling the trigger I read that Google had fixed most of those issues. The device has a Snapdragon 855 processor and a 90mhz display. I’d say GO FOR IT. It’s definitely a bargain at the $499/399 price. Alternatively, you could get the OnePlus7t which has twice the storage, more ram, and slightly faster snapdragon 855plus for only $599. The one thing that was a slight disappointment about the Pixel4 is that it doesn’t have a finger print sensor. It uses facial recognition only. Seems to work pretty well so far – the real test for me will be when I’m using it in the car, connected to android auto.

      • Nate

        I myself have the OnePlus 6t. Came from a OnePlus 3t. They are awesome. I am also sort of thinking about bumping up to the 7t for myself and just giving my wife the 6t. Would love that McClaren edition due to the looks of it. Not really concerned about 5G right now but the price is too much for my blood. That sucker drops to the $500 or $600 range, I might be in though.

        • mreveryphone

          I’ll sell you my McLaren

        • Nate

          What kind of cash are you looking to get out of it? I think we are local too. KC Metro area that is. hmmm…

        • mreveryphone

          Yes kc metro. 6

        • Nate

          Go Chiefs!

        • mreveryphone

          Heck yeah!! #ChiefsKingdom #SUPERBOWLCHAMPS

        • Nate

          I am hoping to get an extra influx of funds in the next month or so. Depending on how much, I might hit you back up on this. Thanks!

        • mreveryphone

          Np!

  • pda96

    Pixels are sales stinkers. I think eventually, TMO will stop carrying them.

    • Acdc1a

      I like my 3a but I think they’re sales stinkers in general. People ask me about my phone and give me a confused look when I tell them what it is.

  • Alex Pilaia

    So obviously, Tmo is making money on each sale for the new $399 and $499 price tags (if not, it would not be priced as such), so why does it need to be priced at $800 to start???? Then they wonder why sales are poor, or people are in debt…

    • Acdc1a

      I’ll bet that they are not making money but taking a loss to clear inventory.

    • Tinger12

      T-Mobile is most likely getting a post sale hold back from google to cover the discount. This is normal for almost all promotions. The carrier/seller doesn’t pay any less up front from their contract, but gets money back from the manufacturer after the sale.

  • THXULTRA

    Ya not sure why google didn’t put a sensor in that was capable of 4k video. I do agree that is the one disadvantage of the pixel.

    • JJCommonSense

      My Pixel4 can shoot in 4k..

      • THXULTRA

        You are correct I miss typed I meant to say 4k 60fps…

        Pixel is a great phone but video quality is where it falls short compared to other flagship phones. I don’t shoot much video so wasn’t a issue for me.

  • Francisco Peña

    64GB with no SD slot? no thanks.

    • Don Turner

      Absolutely agree

  • Hilton GoWahoos Redskins

    Awesome. Best phone out right now. Only complaints, no SD slot, no wide angle lens and the screen is too small on the XL. Hopefully one day we get to 7 inches and up. SD slot issue wasn’t an issue with the Galaxy S10 because it came with more memory. 64 GB with no slot fills up pretty fast

    • dcmanryan

      Best phone out right now?! You funny guy.

      • htyoung

        Ain’t nothing funny