Update 09/12/2020 at 8:18am: A Google spokesperson provided the following statement about Pixel 4a availability to MobileSyrup:
“We’ve seen a lot of demand for Pixel 4a in Canada. If the product appears to be out of stock, please check back in the coming days as it will be replenished soon.”
Those looking to purchase the Pixel 4a outright should keep an eye on the Google Store. At the time of writing, it was still possible to order the phone, but with a longer-than-expected delivery time. For example, one test I did suggested the phone wouldn’t arrive until October 28th.
Update 09/10/2020 at 2:09pm: It appears that several stores have limited or no supply of Pixel 4a devices. Further, the Google Store is showing lengthy estimated delivery times as far away as October 21st. MobileSyrup has reached out to Google for details. For now, it looks like Pixel 4a supply is quite limited and the phone could be hard to find.
After announcing the Pixel 4a back in August, Google’s new mid-range smartphone is finally available in Canada.
That means you can head over to the Google Store and buy the Pixel 4a. In Canada, the device costs $479 outright and the phone comes with a three-month free trial of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One if users sign up for a recurring subscription.
Further, you can buy the Pixel 4a at Best Buy Canada as well as at Rogers, Fido, Telus, Bell, Freedom Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vidéotron.
Most carriers offer the device on a device financing plan, which means $0 upfront plus about $20 per month in financing costs over two years.
You can find each carriers’ specific pricing below:
Bell is offering the Pixel 4a for $0 down and $19.96 per month device financing over 24 months. That works out to $478 total you’ll pay for the phone over the two-year financing term, which is right in line with the Pixel 4a’s outright price. It’s worth noting you’ll need to get an eligible plan with Bell to qualify for device financing.
Bell also sells the Pixel 4a outright for $560, but that’s $81 more than it costs to get the phone from the Google Store directly.
The Pixel 4a is available at Rogers for $0 down and $19.95 per month on the carrier’s device financing program. Like Bell, Rogers lists the outright price of the 4a at $560, which is more than the Google Store. Rogers customers will need an eligible plan to qualify for device financing.
Rogers also lists that it gives customers one month of Google One, which can be accessed by texting ‘Google One’ to 4766. It’s worth noting Google also gives Pixel 4a customers free Google One.
Telus has two offers for the Pixel 4a, depending on whether customers want to pay more per month or more upfront (although the difference isn’t that big between the two). The first option gives you the phone for $0 upfront and the device financing costs $20.83 per month over 24 months. In total, that works out to $499.92, which is more than what the phone costs at the Google Store.
The second option asks customers to pay $20 up front and $20 device financing per month for 24 months. That works out to $480. When you add in the upfront $20, it comes to $500 total, which is about the same as the other option.
Finally, Telus offers the Pixel 4a outright for $540.
With Fido, the Pixel 4a works out to be almost the same cost as with Rogers. It’s available for $0 upfront and $19.95 per month device financing for 24 months (about $479 total). Likewise, Fido charges $560 outright for the phone.
Unfortunately, Fido doesn’t offer the free month of Google One like Rogers does, but customers can save money thanks to Fido’s cheaper monthly plans.
The Pixel 4a is available for $0 down with $19.96 per month device financing over 24 months at Virgin Mobile. Alternatively, Virgin sells the phone outright for $560.
Koodo differs from the other carriers significantly by sticking with its ‘Tab’ system instead of offering a device financing model. Koodo’s Tab system discounts the upfront cost of a phone by a set amount. Then, Koodo divides that amount over 24 months and adds a Tab fee onto the monthly plan, which gets paid off as customers pay their bill. That means Koodo customers have the following options with the Pixel 4a:
- Tab Plus: $0 upfront, $20 per month Tab ($480 after 24 months)
- Tab Mid: $120 upfront, $15 per month Tab ($360 after 24 months)
- Tab Basic: $240 upfront, $10 per month Tab ($240 after 24 months)
- Outright: $540
It’s worth noting the Tab customers choose determines which plans they can select. Both Tab Plus and Mid plans start at $45 per month while the Tab Basic plans start at $35 per month.
Freedom Mobile doesn’t offer device financing either. Instead, customers can get the Pixel 4a from the regional carrier for $0 upfront plus $15 per month Tab over 24 months on a phone plan that starts at $50 per month.
Alternatively, customers can get the Pixel 4a outright from Freedom for $480.
With Vidéotron, customers can get the Pixel 4a for $49.95 on a $70 per month plan with 11GB of data plus 100GB of bonus annual data in Canada. Alternatively, the Pixel 4a costs $139.95 on a $60 per month plan with 8GB of data and 10GB of bonus annual data in Canada. Both plans include unlimited talk and text in Canada.
Vidéotron offers the Pixel 4a outright for $479.95 as well.
Shaw’s new regional wireless network in B.C. and Alberta also has the Pixel 4a. Google’s latest phone is available for $0 down and $20 per month for 24 months on the company’s By The Gig, Unlimited and Unlimited + U.S. & Mexico plans.
Shaw also lists the phone’s outright price as $480.
If you’re interested in the Pixel 4a, but want to learn more about the phone before making a purchase, check out MobileSyrup’s review.
In short, the Pixel 4a offers excellent value with a very similar experience to Google’s Pixel 4 flagship but at a much lower price. It could be worth waiting to see what the Pixel 5 offers since it’s rumoured use the cheaper Snapdragon 765 and likely cost less, but for most people the 4a will be more than enough phone for them.
Update 09/10/2020 at 10:24am: Added specific carrier pricing.