Here are the details. You can get the Pixel 5a from Google Fi on a phone subscription, and you pay just $9 per month for two years. That adds up to a grand total of $216, which is less than half the phone’s full price of $449. After the 24 monthly installments, the phone is yours to keep – or you can get a phone subscription for another handset.
It’s important to note, however, that while the $9 per month option is available, Google would much rather you pick a phone subscription that costs $15 per month and also includes device protection. This adds up to $360 after you’ve paid all 24 installments, which is still a great deal for a phone that only launched a day ago.
The protection plan enables you to get a screen repair for a flat fee of $29, a loss and theft replacement deductible of $99 (not available in NY for some reason), and a mechanical breakdown and accidental damage replacement service fee of $69.
If you grab the phone without protection and something happens to it, you’ll still have to pay all 24 monthly installments, even if you can’t use it anymore – hence why Google thinks using protection is a better idea. It’s your choice, however, and if you were looking for a cheap but good phone on a no-hassle plan, this is it.