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    What is possible downside of buying Pixel 3a from Google rather than TM?

    Or buying any phone "compatible" w. TM but direct from mfr.?

    You can buy the Pixel 3a for $400 direct from Google and get free delivery and free set up from your old phone AND $100 credit to your account in the Google store IF you are located in a Bay Area zip.

    Wouldn't there be less bloat ware?
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    T-Mo doesn't put bloatware on phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikethaler View Post
    Or buying any phone "compatible" w. TM but direct from mfr.?

    You can buy the Pixel 3a for $400 direct from Google and get free delivery and free set up from your old phone AND $100 credit to your account in the Google store IF you are located in a Bay Area zip.

    Wouldn't there be less bloat ware?
    I don't think there is any "Bay Area" restriction on that promo.

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    Or get it free from T-mobile

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    https://store.google.com/product/pix...paign=GS102395
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    You can’t roam on US Cellular with the play store Pixel 3’s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    You can’t roam on US Cellular with the play store Pixel 3’s.
    Do we have a list of Pixel device TACs that T-Mobile whitelisted for USCC roaming? It’s a new model(s) for the carrier so TForce may not have that information available yet.

    Plus we know that T-Mobile failed to have roaming enabled on some other T-Mobile-carried models (OnePlus 6T) upon launch.

    Until we see someone confirm either working (or not) on USCC roaming, or someone provides us a specific TAC list of whitelisted Pixel’s, this is an unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    You can’t roam on US Cellular with the play store Pixel 3’s.
    Typically, an unlocked full frequency phone from a quality manufacturer--such as Google, for example--gets all the T-Mo goodies when you put the T-Mo SIM card in.

    I have no reason to believe that an unlocked Pixel with a T-Mo SIM in it behaves any differently than the same Pixel from the T-Mo store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam1991 View Post
    ....I have no reason to believe that an unlocked Pixel with a T-Mo SIM in it behaves any differently than the same Pixel from the T-Mo store.
    Since T-Mobile no longer admits that they roam on USCC, per se, (They roam someone but won't say who.) it's hard to get a list of the phones that will and won't roam USCC. The original roaming announcement and phone list disappeared from T-Mobile's support site a while back. Last time I checked, there is no mention of the subject on their support site. I, personally, would like to hear reports from users of current-model factory-unlocked phones if they are able to roam USCC or not.
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    Locked for 40 days most likely

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    If by any chance you should ever need a Tmobile cell booster due to poor coverage, Tmobile will not send you one unless you are using one of their branded phones. I have a Samsung unlocked S10e, asked about a booster and was told they would not send me one because I own this phone.
    Just something to keep in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikethaler View Post
    Or buying any phone "compatible" w. TM but direct from mfr.?

    You can buy the Pixel 3a for $400 direct from Google and get free delivery and free set up from your old phone AND $100 credit to your account in the Google store IF you are located in a Bay Area zip.

    Wouldn't there be less bloat ware?
    $100 credit not restricted to Bay Area (I'm in FL) and Google takes trades, $246 for my iPhone SE so $399-$246-$100= $53 + tax Free shipping.

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    The $100 credit is NOT restricted. The delivery by a person who will "professionally set up" the phone IS RESTRICTED. I would have bought it but I'm leaving Okld. in 2 days and didn't want to leave w. a new phone that would take some time to get familiar with. They wouldn't let me, on line, schedule anything more than a week out. I would have paid in full, now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stlink View Post
    $100 credit not restricted to Bay Area (I'm in FL) and Google takes trades, $246 for my iPhone SE so $399-$246-$100= $53 + tax Free shipping.
    That $246 trade in on an iPhone SE is crazy to me. That's more than I paid for my SE -- and I bought it at least 2 years ago (if not three).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogelijk View Post
    That $246 trade in on an iPhone SE is crazy to me. That's more than I paid for my SE -- and I bought it at least 2 years ago (if not three).
    I didn't exactly need a new phone, but after trading in an old se basically collecting dust the total (factoring in the google store credit) was like $56 or so. To get an unlocked phone with all (or mostly) carrier bands is too hard to pass up.

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