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I tend to see Twitter messages from Vodafone Ireland and other Irish carriers after most major launch events and they tend to start selling devices straight away.
The 3a devices are budget phones, but it's the biggest turn in the history of budget devices probably so I'm wonder why the huge silence. You can't find any 3a related announcment on any Irish site on Google and the 7th was a long time ago.
Also, Day 1 availability on Vodafone UK:
So what's the story with VF IE?
I have no idea where the source of this info comes from...but....
The two handsets will also be available in-store from Vodafone later this month, but only in the black and white variants.
Both will cost from free on Red bill-pay plans. Pixel 3a will be priced at €349 on prepay while Pixel 3A XL will be priced at €449 on prepay.