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Google is trolling Nexus owners with a Pixel 4 deal that doesn’t even work

Published Nov 6th, 2019 6:50AM EST
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The Pixel 4 is Google’s latest Android flagship, and like its predecessors, it’s far from perfect. The phone features a design that’s stuck in 2017 and launched with a few issues out of the gate that need software fixes. More disturbingly, it turns out the Pixel 4 can bend with relative ease, a problem that you can’t fix on your own. And the Pixel 4 does cost a pretty penny, in spite of all those issues. It’s even more expensive than the cheapest new iPhone, and that entry-level iPhone 11 is a lot faster than the Pixel when it comes to day-to-day performance. If you’ve been looking to upgrade your old Google hardware and trade it in for a Pixel, we’ve already told you that Google has a poor opinion of its previous Pixel versions compared to iPhones. If you happen to still rock a Nexus handset, then you’re seriously out of luck. Any Google ad that says you can get a tiny price cut on the Pixel 4 if you trade-in your Nexus phone is hilariously misleading, as Google won’t honor the deal.

Spotted online by Android Police, the ad below says that you can get the Pixel 4 for as low as $773, after a $26 price cut from an eligible Nexus trade-in deal.

But you can’t actually take advantage of the deal. Trying to trade-in a Google Nexus 6P over on Google’s Pixel site won’t get you anywhere. The phone is not eligible for trade-ins.

Clearly, this is all a Google mistake. Whoever created the ad probably had no idea the last Nexus phones aren’t eligible for trade-ins. 

Your best bet is trying to sell the Nexus 6P on different sites, and then use that money towards a Pixel 4 purchase. But if you absolutely must buy the Pixel 4, then you might want to wait a while longer. The price will surely drop in the coming months, just as it happened with Pixel 3, especially with the holiday shopping season approaching fast.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.