Things have been a little quieter on the Pixel 2 software bug and hardware flaw front of late, making Google’s new stock Android phones almost feel like compelling holiday purchases. But the search giant hasn’t exactly done much to incentivize mobile consumers on the fence about the HTC-made 5-incher and LG’s highly controversial 6-incher.
There was absolutely no deal sweetener offered directly by Big G on Black Friday, though some store credit and a free Google Home Mini smart speaker certainly helped the Pixel 2 and 2 XL shine on Cyber Monday.
If you prefer upfront discounts, now’s the time to visit the official online US Google Store, where the Pixel 2 costs 50 bucks less than usual, no strings attached, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $774 instead of its $849 MSRP.
The latter is a cool $75 markdown, valid for both 64 and 128GB configurations. $874 is how much you need to pay for 128 gigs of internal storage space right now, down from $949. Or you can choose the smaller device with the same generous digital hoarding room, and cough up $699. Those aren’t exactly crazy low prices, but they’re lower than ever before, and you probably don’t have to worry about tight supply, even as far as the “Kinda Blue” Pixel 2 and Black & White 2 XL are concerned.
Meanwhile, if you don’t mind signing up for device payment plans with Verizon, and picking your phone up in a physical Target store, you’re looking at much heftier savings… in the long haul.
Both new and existing Big Red subscribers get $300 off in the form of monthly bill credits, as well as $250 gift cards good for future Target shopping sessions. That’s a massive $550 incentive to buy a product technically setting you back $650 and up over two years. Not too shabby!