Unlocked Pixel 4 deals: Buy for Fi or file price protection claims

Both Best Buy and Amazon.com have deals today for the unlocked Google Pixel 4 today. If you’ve been interested in Google Fi, this is obviously a phone that would be fully compatible (or it is unlocked for use on the carrier of your choice). However, I’m also posting this today because surely some readers bought a Pixel 4 over the holiday season. If you used a card with price protection, this could be a good opportunity to file a claim.

The Deal



  • Best Buy is offering the Google Pixel 4 64GB unlocked without activation and bundled with a $200 Best Buy gift card for $699.99

Quick Thoughts

If you’re looking to buy a Pixel 4 right now for personal use, the Best Buy deal is probably better if you value the gift card anywhere near face value. Keep in mind that you could go through a shopping portal to earn a bit more back rather than using our link above (see here for the current high rates at Cashbackmonitor.com). If you’re buying at Best Buy, be sure to choose “activate later” before adding the phone to your cart (the price with carrier activation is $649.99; without activation the phone price is $699.99, but the $200 gift card will be added to your cart automatically when buying without activation).

My wife has a Pixel 3 XL that we got in the crazy Google Fi deal at the holidays in 2018. I was kind of disappointed that they didn’t run (what I thought was) a similarly good deal this year. I currently use an LG V30+ and it is getting tired and slow. Furthermore, the camera on the Pixel 3 makes me not even take pictures on my phone very much any more since they can’t possibly compare. Here are a couple we’ve taken on the Pixel 3 — surely the 4’s camera didn’t get worse. Note that we are definitely not great photographers and each of these are completely unedited – I’ve seen absolutely stunning photos people have taken with them (I emphasize the photo aspect because it has saved me from carrying around a heavier separate camera).

Grounds at the Conrad Bora Bora

I wish the Pixel had a wide-angle camera. It’s other two major shortcomings for me are a disease that has spread to most major flagship phones in the past year or two: there is no mircoSD slot and no headphone jack. The former is an annoyance due to personal preference. The second just makes no sense to me; sure, I have lots of Bluetooth headphones in my house. Sometimes the batteries are dead or I’m on a foreign carrier with different rules than the US and I just want a wire to keep things simple. I wish we hadn’t gotten away from a headphone jack. /rant.

All that said, I love the photos we get on the Pixel and I’d be extremely tempted to buy this if not for the fact that T-Mobile recently launched its 5G network. While I love Fi for international coverage, I have not been impressed with it domestically and am sticking with T-Mobile for my regular cell service thanks to a grandfathered plan with unlimited LTE tethering (I often work from the car / hotels / coffee shops and don’t want to use public WiFi). I am itching for a new phone but am anticipating some deals coming when T-Mobile gets a stable of 5G phones in stock.

Of course, I would be singing a different tune if I had thought things through a bit better this holiday season. A couple of months ago, Google was offering the Pixel 4 with a Google Fi gift card worth half the price of the phone. I believe the Pixel 4 was $800 at the time and came with a free $400 Google Fi gift card. If I were smart enough to have purchased that, I imagine it might be possible to file a price protection claim to the Amazon price today — getting a further ~$230 back. If I could have had both the Pixel 4 and a $400 Fi gift card for ~$570, I’d have put 5G plans on the backburner for a while. I wish I had thought about the deal a bit longer. Of course, YMMV as to whether or not the price protection gets approved — I’m not sure whether your receipt shows a value on the gift card, though I imagine it may show the phone purchased at full price and the gift card free. See our Price Protection by issuer guide for more information on this benefit.

Anyway, whether you’re in the market for a Pixel 4 today or you have been in the market for a potential price protection claim, today could be your day.

For further posts on Google Fi and our experiences with it at Frequent Miler, see these posts:

  • (EXPIRED) Free Google Nest Mini for Google Fi customers - Google Fi is offering all customers with an active Google Fi account as of 12am PT on 12/9/19 a free Google Nest mini while supplies last (one free mini per account). I just found this promo in my Google Fi account and was able to order a totally free Google Home mini — $0 shipped. The Deal Get a free Google Home mini from Google Fi (for existing customers) Link to more information Key Terms All Google…
  • Buy Google Pixel 4 Or 4XL & Get 50% Back As Google Fi Credit - Google has launched a new promotion offering 50% back in Fi credit when buying a Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. This is a great deal on a new Pixel phone, although it might be worth waiting until later this week to pull the trigger on this offer in case they drop the price for Black Friday. The Deal Get 50% back in Google Fi credit after your first 60 days of service when buying…
  • Google Fi Launching Unlimited Plans - Google Fi recently announced the launch of Unlimited Plans, potentially providing a better-priced alternative to their existing flexible plans. If you already have their service (perhaps after signing up during last year’s amazing deal) or have been considering their service, it’s worth checking out their pricing to see if you’ll be better off compared to your current plan. Here’s a link to compare Google Fi’s existing plans with their unlimited plans. A screenshot of the…
  • On my mind (betting it all on Google) - Over the years, I’ve found myself increasingly dependent upon Google.  For example, I built this blog’s credit card database in Google Sheets.  Without that, we’d barely have a blog.  That database drives our Best Offers page, Best Category Bonuses, Best Rewards for Everyday Spend, Best Big Spend Bonuses, and so much more. Of course, I use Google email (Gmail) and Google calendar to rule both my business and personal life.  Even more, Google Maps is my everything. …
  • $300 off select Pixels via Google Express - Those looking to buy a new unlocked Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL can currently get $300 off through Google Express. Stacked with portal cash and/or a new user discount, that could make for a decent (though not amazing) deal on a great phone (that is fully compatible with Google Fi, which is excellent for travel). The Deal Get $300 off on the following Google Pixel phones via Google Express: Google Pixel 3 – 64 GB for $499 Google Pixel…
  • (EXPIRED) Update: Save $100 on advertising, not a Fi phone - Update: Reader Mdk reports that while the advertising offer was triggered in the winter deal, it was NOT triggered on a subsequent purchase a few months ago. Marking this deal dead as such. There’s a new Amex Offer that recently came available on some business cards for advertising purchases: Spend $400 or more on advertising, get $100 back. That’s obviously a nice offer if you’ll be spending money on advertising. However, if you aren’t spending on advertising, it…
  • (EXPIRED) 50% off Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with Google Fi 4/22 only - Google Fi is offering a discount of 50% off retail price on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones today (4/22/19 only). That’s a pretty awesome deal if you’re looking to get on Fi or if you’re just looking to buy a Pixel (which could be used on the other major US carriers after activation). It’s not as good as the insane deal last fall, but if you missed that and/or are just looking for…
  • Google Fi gift cards better than expected - Google Fi has begun sending out emails with travel gift cards from the incredible November promotion (see: [DEAD] WOW! Get a Google Fi phone & travel gift card worth the phone’s price). I received my gift card email earlier this evening, and it turned out to be even better than expected: not only can you mix and match amounts with all of the included partners, but you do not need to redeem all of the…
  • My full retreat back to iPhone-land - That’s it then.  My Pixel 3 is gathering dust already.  I gave it a try, but ultimately decided to return to my trusty old iPhone. The reason? I missed some key iPhone features, and I was frustrated with a few Pixel 3 quirks. Pixel 3: “Turn left onto North Main Street.” Me: “OK Google. Stop Navigation.” Pixel 3: “Continue straight 1 mile.” Me: “OK GOOGLE. STOP NAVIGATION” Pixel 3: “Turn left onto…” The dialog above…
  • Tiffany’s Google Fi warning. Time to retreat? - Earlier today, Tiffany at One Mile at a Time posted “Why I Can No Longer Recommend Google Fi.”  In that post, Tiffany described a number of issues with her latest Pixel phone and with Fi support.  None of those issues were deal breakers though.  The deal breaking humongous issue was with Google Pay.  And it made me nervous… When Google ran a one day spectacular sale on new Fi phones back in November, Tiffany’s husband…

H/T: Slickdeals here and here

Last updated on January 11th, 2020

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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J.M. Hoffman

You don’t really need a wide-angle lens, because it’s so easy to merge two or more shots. Just point your camera around and take overlapping shots of what you want in the final shot, and Google will usually merge them automatically for you.

If Google doesn’t take care of that, you can use an app like Bimostitch, which also gives you a little more control.


The purpose of a wide angle lens is not to get more in, but to enable you to get closer to the subject of your photo so it puts the viewer right in the middle of your composition

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Jay Moore

I’m in the same boat. A Pixel 2 user looking to upgrade but very disappointed about the lack of a wide angle camera and I disagree that stitching photos is a reasonable workaround. Instead, I currently use the Moment 18 mm lens which I attach to my pixel. It takes fantastic wide-angle shots but is hefty to carry around and cost $150 with the required case.

One thing to consider before buying a Pixel 4 is that the Pixel 4a is rumored to come out in May with the same camera, a better design, a headphone jack, for about $400. I will probably wait for the 4a. I don’t care so much about the slower chip. Snapdragon 765 is enough juice for me.


Dead on Amazon, still going on Bestbuy.