home : hot deals & information involving: Google Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker and Smart Plug for $20
Free store pickup, ship to home for $6, or free shipping with a $45 order.
- Sale on Smart Home Products
Google smart speakers and screens work great with Google search and Google services like Calendar, YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music (with a $12/mo Premium subscription), Google Photos, and Nest doorbells and thermostats.
In comparison with Amazon's Alexa smart home products, those work better with Amazon music (included with Prime), using your voice to add to your Whole Foods shopping list, Audible audio books, and Blink cameras.
- Free Chromecast With New YouTube TV Subscription
Get a free Chromecast With Google TV when signing up for YouTube TV.
That Chromecast is a 4K HDR streaming media player, compatible with new 4K televisions and older 1080p screens, through an HDMI port.
After your first month's payment of $65, they will ship your device.
YouTube TV effectively replaces cable TV and a cable box by streaming live channels over the Internet through your home Internet router.
Includes 85 channels, including (most) local channels, NFL Network, MLB Network, Comedy Central, and Discovery Channel.
It's best feature is unlimited DVR for up to 6 accounts per household.
You can set as many shows, series, movies, and sports that you want to record, and literally record everything that airs if you click "add" on every show, movie, sports team, and live event.
If you add premium channels like HBO or Acorn TV, unlimited DVR is available on those channels as well.
All recordings are kept for 9 months, and need Internet access to watch.
Beware that YouTube TV is a different product than YouTube Premium.
Premium costs $12/mo and gives ad-free music and YouTube, while YouTube TV gives live TV channels, live sports, and on-demand TV shows & movies.
Also, note that some local cable providers have promotions as low as $25 or $30 per month for TV service added to your Internet plan.
The benefits of paying more for YouTube TV is watching and recording shows from any device or smart TV wherever you are within the US, unlimited cloud-based DVR, and sharing the service with up to 5 people within your household.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
- Google Nest Hub Max & $45 Kohl's Cash for $179
Google Nest Hub Max, the smart speaker with 10" screen, is on sale for $179 at Google for the holiday season.
Kohl's is selling it for the same price, and they will give $45 Kohl's Cash with purchase.
The Kohl's Cash applies toward another Kohl's purchase made between November 28 and December 9, and expires if not used.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Pixel 4a 5G Phone for $299 or $349
The Google Pixel 4a 5G Phone is available for $299 when activating Google Fi mobile phone service while purchasing the phone.
Existing Google Fi customers can get the phone for $349.
$20/mo for the first phone, $15/mo for each additional phone.
Plus $10/mo per GB data used.
Data is free (unlimited) after using a certain amount (6GB for 1 phone, 10GB for 2 phones, etc.)
Text messages are free
International phone, text, and data usage is free in most countries.
So you can keep your existing phone, number, and SIM card no matter what country you travel to.
Our Google Fi monthly bill normally ranges from $45 to $60 (after taxes) for 2 phones, since we mostly use wifi and little cellular data.
During a month while we travel by car or air, our bill spikes up to over $75, with sometimes reaching the $145 maximum (after taxes) for 2 phones.
This is because 2 lines have a maximum bill of $135 (plus a few dollars in taxes) when exceeding a 10GB threshold, and the threshold is different depending on how many phones are on the plan.
So, Google Fi can be cheaper than competitors' plans when using little or no cellular data and saves the cost of international fees or switching SIM cards when traveling outside of North America.
However if you use a lot of cellular data and stay within the US, other "unlimited" plans offered by T-Mobile and Sprint could be a cheaper option.