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Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code

Or get a Pixel 3 XL for $549.99. They're refurbished, but still amazing deals on "the best Android phones of 2018."

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Huge savings on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

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I know: Another phone? Right on top of yesterday's Moto X4 deal? Hey, I don't control when the universe decides to spit out sweet discounts.

And this is pretty sweet -- too sweet to pass up just because of repetitive timing. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the refurbished unlocked Google Pixel 3 for $499.99 shipped with promo code CHPSKTPXL3.

See it at Daily Steals

That same link will give you the option of choosing the Pixel 3 XL for $549.99 after applying that same code.

These flagship phones debuted just a few months ago, with list prices of $799 and $999, respectively. That makes the XL a particularly good deal: Almost half off!

I'm no expert when it comes to the Android phones, so I'll immediately refer you to CNET's Google Pixel 3 review and Pixel 3 XL review. TL;DR? The former was found to be "the best Android phone of 2018," and one of the only three phones to receive a CNET Editors' Choice nod last year. The latter was hailed as "everything we love about the Pixel 3 on a bigger screen."

Read more: The best Android phones for 2019

These are A-grade refurbs in bulk packaging, with "little to no cosmetic defects." That means they were all purchased and returned (elsewhere) within seven days. And although Daily Steals lists a 90-day warranty, these should all have additional coverage from Google proper, given that they're barely six months old.

Indeed, because they're so new, you don't have to worry about getting a used battery, which can be an issue with refurbished phones.

I love deals like this. You get a flagship phone for a midrange price, and the only real sacrifice is the retail packaging.

Your thoughts?

Originally published on March 5, 2019.
Update, March 9: Verified availability.

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