Here's how to get a Google Pixel 3 (or two) without paying full price

These are the best deals we could find.

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Now that we’ve seen the Pixel 3, tested it, and measured the notch, you’ve probably made up your mind as to whether you’re going to buy one. And if you are, you already know that’s it’s not going to be cheap.

But there are ways to keep costs down. For starters, most outlets offer some kind of trade-in deal, so you can shave some dollars off the price simply by swapping out your current phone. But even if you don’t want to part with the handset you’re using, you can still find some great deals on the Pixel 3. Here are the best we’ve found so far:

Verizon

As the exclusive carrier partner for the Pixel, Verizon has more leeway with pricing, and it’s offering a great deal right out of the gate. Anyone ordering a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL will get a second 64GB Pixel 3 for free or $800 off whichever model you’d like. One catch though: One of the phones needs to be attached to a new line.

Google Fi Store

If you want to use your Pixel 3 on Project Fi (Google’s wireless service), the Google Fi Store is the way to go, especially if you want two Pixels. Anyone who buys a pair of Pixel phones and adds a new user to their Project Fi plan will receive $799 in Fi credit, which can be applied toward your monthly bill. That means you’ll be covered for at least six months of service, depending on how many gigs of data you use each month.

Target

Target hasn’t opened up Pixel pre-orders on its website yet, but it’s teasing a great deal. All new Verizon activations of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL through Oct. 20 will receive a $150 gift card. However, the phone only seems to be available in black or pink through Target, so if you want white you’re out luck.

Best Buy

Like Target, Best Buy is also offering a gift card promotion for new Pixel purchases, but it’s only for $100. And you’ll need to agree to pay for the phone via 24 monthly installments of $33.34 to qualify.

Google Store

The Google Store isn’t offering any blanket deals on the new Pixel, but you may qualify for an offer anyway. Google is targeting promotions at specific Gmail address, and we’ve seen two so far: one offering $50 credit in the Google Store for U.S. shoppers, and another offering $75 credit and a free Pixel Stand in Canada. Both offers run through October 17 and the promotional balance needs to be used by December 31, 2018.

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Michael Simon

Michael Simon

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