After waiting with bated breath, Google Pixel 4a pre-orders have finally begun in the UK ahead of its release on 1 October. In the US, the 4a went on sale on 20 August.

The Pixel 4a is a follow up to 2019's wildly successful Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones, which marked Google's foray into the mid-range market, offering customers affordable alternatives to its flagship devices.

While a larger Pixel 4a XL remains unannounced, Google will release a 5G variant of the Pixel 4a this autumn, making the handset the first 5G Google phone. The 4a's launch primes customers for the Pixel 5, which is also expected this autumn. Though the date has not yet been confirmed, it is rumoured to be 30 September.

Here we're looking at all the questions you might have around the brand new Pixel 4a, including price and pre-order availability in the UK.

Pixel 4a pricing - How much does the Pixel 4a cost? 

The Pixel 4a costs £349/US$349 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The 5G option is set to cost £499/US$499. The release date of the 5G variant is yet to be announced, but you can sign up with Google to learn more about its launch.

The 4G Pixel 4a phone will be available in colour Just Black.

Here's everything you can expect in terms of specs, processor, cameras, and battery life. We've also reviewed the Pixel 4a – see why we recommend it.

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Where to pre-order the Pixel 4a SIM-free

In the UK, customers can pre-order the Pixel 4a directly from Google. Other retailers offering the 4a SIM-free include Currys PC World, Carphone Warehouse and Mobiles.co.uk.

John Lewis should also sell the Pixel 4a though pre-orders have not yet started.

US SIM-free offers - $50 off from BestBuy

US customers can buy the Pixel 4a directly from the Google Store.

US customers can pre-order the Pixel 4a from BestBuy and Amazon. BestBuy has $50 off if activated right away, which drops the price to $299.99.

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Where to pre-order the Pixel 4a on contract - £50 Currys PC World gift card

UK customers can pick up the Pixel 4a from the following carriers:

  • Carphone Warehouse - Offering a £50 gift card to Currys PC World on contract deals
  • EE - Best plan offer 10GB data for £30 upfront, £37 per month
  • iD Mobile - plans start at £29.99 upfront, £21.99 per month, also includes £50 Currys PC World gift card
  • Mobiles.co.uk - plans start at £26 per month with no upfront cost, with £50 Currys PC World gift card
  • O2 - plans start at £30 upfront, £26.67 per month for 1GB data with 6 months of Disney+
  • Three - Best plan offers 12GB data for £29 upfront, £27 per month with 3 months YouTube Premium, Google One and Google Play Pass

Vodafone has confirmed it will carry the Pixel 4a on its Unlimited data plans (Unlimited Lite, Unlimited and Unlimited Max) with prices starting at £29 upfront and £42 per month for 2Mbps speeds. Its cheapest plan, however, will offer 6GB of data for £29 upfront and £34 per month.

Virgin Mobile hasn't yet confirmed pre-order deals. We will update this article if it does. 

We would also recommend looking at the following phone retailers for cashback contract deals once the phone goes on sale on 1 October:

We'll be updating this article with more deals and UK availability as soon as it becomes available, so watch this space.

US contract availability

In the US, carriers include Verizon, U.S. Cellular, and Google's own Google Fi, which works with T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular to switch seamlessly between the strongest network in any given area.