Best Google Pixel 4a and 4a 5G UK deals: Christmas 2020 Offers

The Pixel 4a and 4a 5G are on sale now. Google staggered the release of its latest mid-range phones, with the 4a available from 1 October before the 4a 5G finally arrived on 19 November. To complicate matters, the regular model was out in the US back on 20 August.

Despite what the name suggests, there are plenty of differences between the two models besides 5G connectivity. The Pixel 4a 5G comes with a larger 6.2in display (compared to 5.81in), and a more modern Snapdragon 765G instead of 730G. There’s also a dedicated ultra-wide rear camera lens and a bigger battery.

That’s reflected in the price, with the 4a 5G costing £499 while the regular 4a starts at £349. All this is not forgetting the Pixel 5, which was announced alongside the 4a 5G and released on 15 October.

There were some great contract and SIM-free deals around on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the good news is that many are set to continue well into December.

How much do the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G cost?

At launch, the Pixel 4a cost £349/US$349. There’s only one configuration available, offering 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The improved specs on the 4a 5G are reflected in its price – £499/US$499.

Both the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G scored an impressive 8/10 in our full reviews, with the former considered one of the best mid-range phones you can buy. However, it’s only available in black, so it’s worth considering one of these great cases to go with it.

Best Google Pixel 4a deals

The Pixel 4a was discounted to £319 over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the phone is now back to its regular RRP of £349 at most retailers. Here’s where you can buy it:

US SIM-free offers – $299.99 at Best Buy

US customers can pay the full $349 via the Google Store or Amazon, but Best Buy drops the price to $299.99 if it’s activated straight away.

Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a

If you’d prefer, you can pick up the Pixel 4a from the following carriers in the UK:

  • Carphone Warehouse – Best plan: £24 per month with no upfront cost for 100GB data (Vodafone)
  • EE – Best plan: £31 per month with £30 upfront for 10GB data and free LG 4K TV – details below
  • iD Mobile – Best plan: £19.99 per month with no upfront cost for 5GB data
  • Mobiles.co.uk – Best cashback plan: £18 per month with no upfront cost for 60GB data (Vodafone). Plans also available with iD Mobile, Virgin
  • O2 – Plans start at £24.09 per month with £30 upfront for 1GB data and 6 months of Disney+. More options detailed below
  • Three – Best plan: 12GB data for £19 upfront, £24 per month for 24 months. Plus three months’ free YouTube Premium, Google One and Google Play Pass
  • Vodafone – Best plan: £45 per month, £29 upfront for 6GB data plus choice of YouTube Premium, Amazon Prime or Spotify Premium for duration of 24-month contract.
  • Virgin Mobile doesn’t have any Pixel 4a deals on its website, but contracts are available via Mobiles.co.uk – Plans start at £21 per month with £60 upfront for 1GB of data

We would also recommend looking at the following phone retailers for cashback contract deals, though some offer non-cashback plans as well:

Check out a summary of more great deals below:

1. Google Pixel 4a (4G) with 1GB, 5GB or 15GB data

Now: From £25 per month, £30 upfront (with free Google Nest Audio + 6 months of Disney+)

All of O2’s Pixel 4a (4G) contract offers come with a free Google Nest Audio, the company’s latest smart speaker (usually worth £89.99).

You’ll also be eligible for various subscriptions, depending on how much data you need. For 1GB, you’ll get 6 months of Disney+, but upgrade to 5GB or 15GB and you can also choose from 3 months of Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music Unlimited, Audible, Calm, McAfee & more instead. Also available with the Pixel 5.

2. Google Pixel 4a (4G) with unlimited data (iD Mobile) and free Fitbit Versa 2

From: Carphone Warehouse

Now: From £29.99 per month, £79 upfront

Carphone Warehouse’s excellent deal bundles unlimited minutes, texts and 4G data on the Pixel 4a with a free Fitbit Versa 2 (usually worth £199.95). Just pay £79 upfront and it’s all yours for £29.99 per month.

3. Google Pixel 4a (4G) with unlimited data (iD Mobile) and free Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or FIFA 21 (PS5/Xbox Series X)

From: Carphone Warehouse

Now: From £29.99 per month, £79 upfront

The great iD mobile deals keep on coming. Head to Carphone Warehouse to get unlimited minutes, texts and 4G data on Pixel 4a (4G) with a free next-gen copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or FIFA 21.

4. Google Pixel 4a (4G) with 60GB data (Vodafone) and free Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

From: Carphone Warehouse

Now: From £30 per month, £79 upfront

Carphone Warehouse’s excellent deal bundles unlimited minutes, texts and 60GB data on the Pixel 4a (Vodafone) with a free Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (usually worth £139). Just pay £9.99 upfront and it’s all yours for £29.99 per month.

5. Google Pixel 4a (5G) with 12GB data plus 3 months’ free YouTube Premium, Google One and Google Play Pass

From: Three

Now: £24 per month, £19 upfront

In addition to getting unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 12GB of 5G data, Three’s Pixel 4a 5G deal gets you three month subscriptions to YouTube Premium, Google One for cloud and Google Play Pass for mobile gaming.

US contract availability

In the US, carriers include Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and Google Fi, which works with T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular to switch seamlessly between the strongest network in any given area.

Best Google Pixel 4a 5G deals

With the Pixel 4a having only gone on sale in the UK a few weeks, it’s perhaps understandable that most retailers are still selling the device at or close to its RRP of £499.

Further discounts might be available over the weekend and on Cyber Monday, but we can’t guarantee it. Here’s where you can buy the phone on contract in the UK:

  • EE – from £27 per month with £50 upfront, or £38 per month with £30 upfront and free subscription
  • Vodafone – from £35 per month with £29 upfront
  • Carphone Warehouse – from £23.99 per month with £29.99 upfront
  • iD Mobile – from £25.99 per month with £9.99 upfront
  • Mobiles.co.uk – from £25 per month with no upfront cost (Vodafone only)

For great offers on Google’s other 2020 phone, check out the best Google Pixel 5 deals.

Should I wait until closer to Christmas?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be behind us, but there are plenty of great deals available all year round. That’s especially true at the moment, with Christmas just around the corner.

A few retailers’ Black Friday sales are continuing, and there may be further discounts later in the month, but our advice remains the same. With so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what we will see, we suggest you don’t wait around. If you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.

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