Oct 25th, 2021

When Google announced its new Pixel 6 phones, they also followed up with an announcement of the Pixel Pass subscription program. This essentially bundles a bunch of different Google services together with the phone for a pretty affordable payment plan of $45 a month for the Pixel 6 model.

It sounds like a pretty great deal, right? In fact, Google claims that it can save you up to $176 over the course of the two-year plan, but maybe it might not be the money saver you were all hoping for. This is thanks to Ara Wagoner over at Android Central who did a cost breakdown of the plan versus buying it outright.

Long-story short, Google isn’t lying when they said the Pixel Pass will save you money, but the amount you save might not be as much as you think. This is because according to the breakdown, it relies on monthly subscriptions of its various plans and services.

For example, a 200GB Google One subscription is priced at $3 a month, which over the course of 24 months adds up to $72. At the same time, Google offers a cheaper price if you’re willing to go with annual billing at $30 a year, which means that over two years, you would only have spent $60.

Also, there are certain restrictions with the Pixel Pass, namely how it does not incorporate family plans, so if you’re using a family plan for YouTube Premium, you won’t be able to take advantage of it.

Ultimately, if you were to go about this your own way and subscribe to everything Google offers in the Pixel Pass individually, the difference adds up to about $68. Yes, you are still saving money, but at the same time the various limitations and restrictions of being tied to the Pixel Pass plan might not be worth the $68 in savings.

This doesn’t mean that the Pixel Pass is a bad plan and we’re sure that there are some who can appreciate being able to purchase the phone via monthly installments, but if you were hoping to score yourself a fantastic deal, that doesn’t seem like the case.

Source: Android Central

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