Yesterday, Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which was... disappointing. I think. Mainly because Google didn't actually tell us very much about the phones, likely assuming that everyone had seen all the leaks and decided they knew all about the handsets it was ready to announce. But it's official now, and with the official launch comes the hunt for the best mobile deals. Assuming you want to buy either phone of course. Here are the places selling the phones, and how much you're going to have to part with.
Naturally the most obvious place to buy the phone, free from the shackles of a contract, is the Google Play store. The store is currently showing up a different page each time I refresh, so clearly some issues are being had with site stability, but none the less here we go. The 64GB Pixel 3 (available in white or pink) will cost you £739, while upgrading to 128GB will cost £839. The Pixel 3 XL (available in Black and Pink) costs £869 for 64GB of storage and £969 for £128GB.
The Pixel Stand is also available there, and will cost £69
Pixel 3 on EE
The Pixel 3 is already available to pre-order on EE's website, with all three colours available to choose from. The cheapest deal for the 64GB model will cost you £48 a month for 24 months, with a £50 upfront charge, which nets you unlimited calls and texts, 4GB of data, and three months access to BT Sport. Meanwhile the priciest deal will cost £68 a month, with £10 upfront, and is bundled with unlimited calls and texts, 100GB of data, 24 months of BT Sport, and the option to upgrade your contract after the first 15 days.
Meanwhile the 128GB model is more expensive, naturally, and isn't available in pink. The cheapest deal is £53 a month, with a £50 upfront charge, and nets you the same 4GB of data, 3 months of BT Sport, plus unlimited calls and texts. The more expensive option rises to £73 a month, with a £10 upfront payment, 100GB of data, 24 months of BT Sport, plus unlimited calls and texts.
Pixel 3 XL on EE
Meanwhile the larger Pixel 3XL is similarly available in all three colours, though naturally the deals are more expensive to account for the fact the phone itself is much bigger. The cheapest deal on the 64GB model will cost you £53 a month, with £60 paid upfront, for the same paltry 4GB of RAM, 3 months of BT Sport, and unlimited calls and texts. Meanwhile the most expensive is £73, with £20 upfront, 100GB of data, 24 months of BT Sport, plus unlimited calls and texts. Oh and the option to upgrade after 15 days, should you wish to give up on the phone that quickly.
The 128GB option is also not available in pink, and the cheapest you'll get it here is for £58 a month, with £70 upfront, and those same meagre allowances. 4GB of data, unlimited calls and texts, plus 3 months of BT Sport. Meanwhile the most expensive is £78 a month, with £30 up front, and 100GB of data, 24 months of BT Sport, unlimited calls and texts, plus that same 15 day upgrade window.
Extra EE Perks
EE isn't one for giving out extra perks with its deals, seemingly feeling as though those free months of BT Sport and faster data are enough.
Pixel 3 on O2
The Pixel 3 is already available to pre-order with O2's custom plans, which complicates the matter of finding the cheapest possible deal. The more you pay upfront, for instance, the lower your monthly bill will be, with the 64GB model letting you choose between £20 and £740 upfront. Similarly you can alter the length of the contract between three and 36 months, again altering your total bill.
Those are on offer, though you can always pick one of the default 36 month contracts - the cheapest of which is £40.81 a month with unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data. It also requires a £100 upfront payment, which may put some people off. Meanwhile the priciest stock contract is £57.75 a month, with 100GB of data, unlimited calls and texts, and a £30 upfront payment. For those same perks, on the same three year contract, the 128GB Pixel 3 will cost £42.78 for the 1GB plan (with £100 upfront) and £59.45 for the 100GB plan (£0 upfront).
Both models are available in all three colours.
Pixel 3 XL on O2
Like the Pixel 3, the 3XL is also available on O2's custom plans, letting you pick and choose what you get with more freedom than the other networks. If that isn't for you, there are of course plenty of stock options to choose from. If you're happy with the 64GB model the cheapest plan is £43.45 a month, with £100 upfront, and 1GB of data. The priciest is £60.39 a month, with £30 upfront and 100GB of data. The 128GB model is a bit more, with the cheapest plan cost £46.12 a month, with £100 up front, for the same 1GB of data. The most expensive is £62.50 a month, with £50 upfront.
All those deals are are 36 month contracts by default, and have unlimited calls and texts.
Perks with O2
O2 being O2 they're trying to make it easy to upgrade, though it doesn't look as though the Pixel 3 or 3 XL are available on refresh plans right now. But it's been promised that anyone hoping to upgrade to a new device simply needs to pay off the rest of the handset, which I'm assuming will also be the case if you want to upgrade from one of the new Pixels in a year or two. Similarly existing customers can upgrade without having to pay the upfront charge, even on the cheaper deals.
You also get all the usual Priority perks, and the option to 'Flex' (ie change) your data plan once a month. Some of the pricier Pixel plans also come with the 'Popcorn Pass' that gets you 40 per cent off cinema tickets.
Pixel 3 on Sky Mobile
Sky Mobile is probably one of the cheapest places to get both Pixel devices, especially if you're a Sky TV customer. The cheapest deal on the 64GB Pixel 3 is £35 a month, and broken down that's £29 for the phone and £6 for 1GB of data. There's currently a sale on and means non-Sky TV customers get unlimited calls and texts for six months, though the price increases by £10 after those six months are up. Sky TV customers seem to get unlimited calls and texts free for the entire contract.
The most expensive 64GB model is £49 a month (£29 plus £20), which jumps up to £59 after six months if you're not a Sky TV customer. That gets you unlimited calls and texts, plus 20GB of data. Alternatively you can always just pay £29 a month for the phone and skip the phone plan entirely.
The 128GB model's cheapest plan is £39 a month, with the price of the phone increasing to £33. The allowances remain the same, and cost £6 for Sky TV customers. If you're not a Sky TV customer you'll get a £10 price increase after six months as before. The most expensive plan also adds £20 onto that £33, for a total of £43. Same allowances and deal as before, with non-Sky TV customers getting a £10 price hike after six months (£53 in total) for the calling and texting privileges.
Both models are available in all three colours, and you can opt for a Swap 12 contract if you're willing to pay an extra monthly premium and upfront fees
Pixel 3 XL on Sky Mobile
The deal with the allowances seems to be the same with the Pixel 3 XL. The 64GB model costs £34 minimum, while the 128GB model costs £38 a month. As before you can chose to simply pay off the phone, or pay extra for data and phone allowances. The cheapest is an additional £6 a month for 1GB of data and unlimited calls and texts, which rises by £10 after six months if you're a non-Sky TV customer. So that's £40-£50 a month for the 64GB and £42-£52 a month for the 128GB.
The pricier option is also an extra £20, with 20GB of data, and rises by £10 after six months if you don't already have Sky TV. So that means £55-£65 a month for the 64GB model and £58-£68 if you want the 128GB model. As before all three colours are available, and you can opt for a Swap 12 contract if you're willing to pay an extra monthly premium and upfront fees
Perks on Sky Mobile
Plenty of perks to be had on Sky, but the main one is data piggybank that lets you store unused data to be redeemed again at a later date. That's all done automatically and you have three years before it expires. The best part is that anyone who purchases the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL will get 15GB added to their piggybank right away. Sky Mix will also let you change your data allowances once a month, while Sky TV customers will also get Sky Go Extra at no extra cost.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on Three
Neither the Pixel 3 or 3XL isn't available to pre-order on Three's website yet, and apparently that won't change until Thursday 11th. Fortunately the company has revealed some pricing details for some of the contracts that will be available. Both are available on 24 month contracts with unlimited data, minutes, and calls, with a £99 upfront charge. If you go for the Pixel 3 you'll end up paying £48 a month, while the Pixel 3 XL will cosy £54 a month. It's not clear whether than's for the 64GB or 128GB models, but based on the prices I'd assume the former.
No doubt there will be other contracts that come with smaller allowances for slightly less money, but for the time being we don't have any information on them. All three colours will be available, though.
Perks at Three
Three offers a lot of perks, and beyond being one of the few UK networks to offer unlimited data. There's Go Binge, which lets you use several different services without using up your data allowance - not that it matters if you have unlimited data anyway. Netflix, Deezer, and Snapchat were all mentioned in the press release I was sent, but they're certainly not the only ones included.
Three is also mentioning Go Roam, which lets you use your regular data allowances in a number of countries outside the EU, but most networks offer services like that. I only mention Go Roam because it's related to Three's partnerships with easyJet, that let passengers get a bunch of extra perks when they're travelling out of the UK. Three also wants you to use the Wuntu discount app, which is like O2's Priority Moments, netting you money off offers and free stuff if you happen to be in the right shop at the right time.
Pixel 3 on Vodafone
Currently Vodafone only sells the 64GB Pixel 3 in Black, meaning you'll have to go elsewhere (or wait) if you want something different. The deals aren't that cheap either, with the cheapest one costing £42 a month (for 24 months) with a £199 upfront fee. That gets you 500MB of data (blergh), 500 minutes, and unlimited texts. The most expensive deal, in terms of monthly cost, is £65 a month, with £49 upfront. That gets you 42GB of data (temporarily up from 32GB), plus unlimited calls and texts, and the Red Entertainment subscription.
That said, you don't want the £65 option. For £64 a month, with £29 upfront, you get 100GB of data (temporarily up from 40GB), plus unlimited calls and texts. The allowance difference seems to be allowing for the fact this plan doesn't have the Red Entertainment subscriptions, so if you want any of those services you'll have to pay for them.
Pixel 3 XL on Vodafone
Like the Pixel 3, Vodafone only seems to be taking pre-orders on the 64GB Pixel 3 XL, available in either black or white. Again, if you want pink or 128GB of storage you'll have to either wait and see if they appear or go elsewhere. Monthly prices start from £45 a month, with £199 upfront, which gets you 500MB of data, 500 minutes, and unlimited texts. The priciest plan is £75 a month, with £29 up front, and gets you 100GB of data (temporarily up from 75GB) plus unlimited calls and texts, and the Red Entertainment subscription. If you're willing to forgo that subscription you can get the same perks for £68 a month and £29 upfront. So essentially that 'free' access to one of the premium services is actually costing you £7 a month if you pre-order.
Perks on Vodafone
The main perks to be had are the free Google devices you'll get, with Pixel 3 buyers getting a free Home Mini smart speaker and Pixel 3 XL buyers getting themselves a free Home Hub. Those buying a Red Entertainment plan will also get 24 months access to Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium, or NOW TV's Entertainment Pass. Until 8th January Vodafone is also giving away a free six month Now TV Entertainment Pass to anyone who chooses Sky Sports Mobile.