Google Preferred Care plan for Pixel 2: When it makes sense to buy, when it doesn’t

pixel 2 2x1GoogleGoogle is offering its new Google Preferred Care plan that gives new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners the option to fix accidentally broken phones or replace them if they start to act up. 

It’s basically Google’s version of Apple’s Apple Care plan for iPhones. 

It’s worth having a look at Google’s Preferred Care plan, as its $129 price tag affords some decent peace of mind if you plan on keeping your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL for at least two years. Yet, there’s one instance when using Google’s Preferred Care plan doesn’t quite make sense.

Here’s when it makes sense to buy Google’s Preferred Care plan and when it doesn’t:


Google’s Preferred Care plan costs $129. Here’s what you get:

Google's Preferred Care plan costs $129. Here's what you get:

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– Two years of device protection from accidental damage, like drops and cracks.

– 24/7 priority access to support specialists

– Unlimited expert sessions to learn about your device

Google’s Preferred Care plan also makes sense to repair the screen on Google’s larger Pixel 2 XL.

Google's Preferred Care plan also makes sense to repair the screen on Google's larger Pixel 2 XL.

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To repair the Pixel 2 XL with Google’s Preferred Care plan, it’ll cost you:

– $129 for the plan itself

– $99 deductible for the repair

– Total cost: $228

If you break your Pixel 2 XL’s screen a second time with Google’s Preferred Care plan, it’ll cost you an extra $99 deductible, making for a total of $327.

If you brought a Pixel 2 XL with a cracked screen directly to Google’s device repair partner UbreakIfix without buying Google’s Preferred Care plan, it would cost you $220.

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Sure, that’s $8 less than going through Google’s Preferred Care plan, but if you break your Pixel 2 XL’s screen a second time, going directly to UbreakIfix without Google’s Preferred Care plan would cost you another $220, making for a total of $440. With that in mind, it would be worth getting Google’s Preferred Care plan if you plan on buying the Pixel 2 XL. 

Otherwise, don’t use Google’s Preferred Care plan to fix the cracked screen on Google’s smaller Pixel 2.

Otherwise, don't use Google's Preferred Care plan to fix the cracked screen on Google's smaller Pixel 2.

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To repair a cracked Pixel 2 screen, you’re better off bringing it to UbreakIfix without Google’s Preferred Care plan. Even if you do have the plan, it’s better to simply bring it to a UbreakIfix service center without filing a claim for a cracked screen repair. You’d have to pay a $79 deductible to repair the Pixel 2’s screen on top of the original $129 you paid for Google’s Preferred Care plan.

To repair a cracked Pixel 2 screen with Google’s Preferred Care plan, it’ll cost you:

– $129 for the plan itself

– $79 deductible for the repair

– Total cost: $208

To repair a cracked Pixel 2 screen a second time with Google’s Preferred Care plan, it’ll cost you an extra $79 deductible, making for a total of $287.

Both instances where you’d bring a cracked Pixel 2 screen directly to UbreakIfix for repair without Google’s Preferred Care plan are cheaper. 

If you brought a Pixel 2 with a cracked screen directly to UbreakIfix without buying Google’s Preferred Care plan, it would cost you $130

To repair a cracked Pixel 2 screen a second time without Google’s Preferred Care plan, it’ll cost you $260.

 

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