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Google Pixel 5 w/ 2-year plan: $592.08 + tax & $50 bill credit & no activation fee - New Customer (BC) (YMMV)

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Nov 22, 2017
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Victoria, BC

[Virgin Mobile] Google Pixel 5 w/ 2-year plan: $592.08 + tax & $50 bill credit & no activation fee - New Customer (BC) (YMMV)

Shopping around for a Pixel 5, I was offered the following for a *new customer* at Virgin Mobile when chatting with them through their Live chat:
  • Google Pixel 5 for 24.67/month (a $200 device credit as $8.33/month deducted from the standard $33/month)
  • $50 Bill credit
  • $50 activation cost waived
Was offered this in combination with any of their plans. Brings the device to $592.06 + tax. And she added a $50 bill credit on top.

I got this offered without a lot of questions, saying I am currently with Koodo after saying there is no price incentive vs MSRP to lock myself in for 2 years for that phone after being asked which province (BC) I live in. So: YMMV!

PS: my first deal ever posted, sorry if I made any mistakes
Mobile: $18.13/month BYOD - 12GB Data, 1000 LD Min. (Koodo)
$50 plan + $23 phone - $4.16 trade-in credit - $33.33 phone resell - $5.51 plan credit - $11.87 VISA GCs = $18.13/month!
Internet: $82.90 - 750/100 Mbps (Lightspeed)
Spotify: $20 USD/year
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Sep 13, 2019
296 posts
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Quebec
With the 2 years of security updates, the Pixel 6 is about to launch with 5 years and a samsung GN1 sensor for photography for $800 USD (maybe?).

Also Pixel 5 has a SD765 which I'm not convinced for $500+
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Nov 22, 2017
237 posts
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Victoria, BC
iVel004 wrote: With the 2 years of security updates, the Pixel 6 is about to launch with 5 years and a samsung GN1 sensor for photography for $800 USD (maybe?).

Also Pixel 5 has a SD765 which I'm not convinced for $500+
All true, but what does that have to do with this deal? Two very different phones & very different prices & very different availability etc. It's like saying "don't buy the discounted 2020 model car, buy the 2021 model car - for nearly twice as much. It goes faster, is way bigger, and is more secure. When it finally comes out."

And, if you are the kind of person that buys flagship phones on launch, do you really expect to keep the Pixel 6 for 5 years to benefit from all the security updates? Or is it more realistic that you will switch to the next flagship after 2-3 years anyways - which kind of blows that argument out of the water IMHO.
Mobile: $18.13/month BYOD - 12GB Data, 1000 LD Min. (Koodo)
$50 plan + $23 phone - $4.16 trade-in credit - $33.33 phone resell - $5.51 plan credit - $11.87 VISA GCs = $18.13/month!
Internet: $82.90 - 750/100 Mbps (Lightspeed)
Spotify: $20 USD/year
Member
Sep 13, 2019
296 posts
457 upvotes
Quebec
My mistake. I should have elaborated a bit more.

Compared to Pixel 5a, for the same price, you essentially drop 2GB RAM and 90Hz for a bigger battery (4080mAh vs 4680mAH) and one year of security update. Nonetheless, the 5a price at launch is not close to warm.

A better value for money, in general, is the iPhone XR $20 per month so $480 + tax before any bill credits.

Edit: iPhone (YMMV) may be priced lower, but it's not even warm if you can wait for a $150~200 bill credit or better deal. I remembered iPhone XS was $20 per month with $150 bill credit back in September 2021.
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Member
Nov 22, 2017
237 posts
267 upvotes
Victoria, BC
Agreed on the 5a lack of value 100% at least at MSRP. As for the iPhone XR, no argument on price there (and leaving hardware shortcomings vs the P5 aside), but again - a different phone and ecosystem. I have been an Android user all my life and have gone full-on Google the last 5 years - a slightly cheaper iPhone isn't going to make me switch by a long shot. This is for all the "I buy the last-gen phone because it is way cheaper during the transition period to the latest gen" people.

This is the cheapest Pixel 5 you can get on contract as a new customer at the moment that I could find (I talked with every single major player in the market today in my search) - even the Koodo Loyalty department offered only $150 device credit.
Mobile: $18.13/month BYOD - 12GB Data, 1000 LD Min. (Koodo)
$50 plan + $23 phone - $4.16 trade-in credit - $33.33 phone resell - $5.51 plan credit - $11.87 VISA GCs = $18.13/month!
Internet: $82.90 - 750/100 Mbps (Lightspeed)
Spotify: $20 USD/year
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Apr 23, 2003
594 posts
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Vancouver, BC
DarkSaber wrote: Agreed on the 5a lack of value 100% at least at MSRP. As for the iPhone XR, no argument on price there (and leaving hardware shortcomings vs the P5 aside), but again - a different phone and ecosystem. I have been an Android user all my life and have gone full-on Google the last 5 years - a slightly cheaper iPhone isn't going to make me switch by a long shot. This is for all the "I buy the last-gen phone because it is way cheaper during the transition period to the latest gen" people.

This is the cheapest Pixel 5 you can get on contract as a new customer at the moment that I could find (I talked with every single major player in the market today in my search) - even the Koodo Loyalty department offered only $150 device credit.
Is this their Back to School offer? I suggest you wait about 2 weeks to see if carriers will offer any additional incentives.
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Member
Nov 22, 2017
237 posts
267 upvotes
Victoria, BC
DStriderX wrote: Is this their Back to School offer? I suggest you wait about 2 weeks to see if carriers will offer any additional incentives.
Good point! I will certainly keep shopping around.
Mobile: $18.13/month BYOD - 12GB Data, 1000 LD Min. (Koodo)
$50 plan + $23 phone - $4.16 trade-in credit - $33.33 phone resell - $5.51 plan credit - $11.87 VISA GCs = $18.13/month!
Internet: $82.90 - 750/100 Mbps (Lightspeed)
Spotify: $20 USD/year
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Apr 1, 2013
1100 posts
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Fredericton
Pixel 5 is ridiculously overpriced at this point. It was overpriced at launch, but the prices the carriers continue to charge now are almost criminal.

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