Samsung Galaxy Fold: prices and plans compared

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After months of delays and setbacks, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally available to Australian buyers. And if you’re looking to avoid paying $3,000 upfront for the flexible new device, you can now pick up the Fold on plans from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.

Unfortunately, there is a catch. The Galaxy Fold is only available to order or buy in stores or via phone sales, and only selected retail outlets for each telco will have in-store demo models available for you to try. But if you’re interested in taking home the smartphone-tablet hybrid, here’s everything you need to know about plans for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Telstra Samsung Galaxy Fold plans

Telstra will offer the Galaxy Fold on 24-month and 36-month payment plans. If you opt for a 24-month payment period, you’ll pay $124.95 per month for your phone (plus plan costs), and $83.30 per month plus plan costs if you pay over a 36-month term. You can combine your payments with any of the below month-to-month mobile plans; prices on this table don’t include what you’ll pay for your phone, but total plan and device costs can be  found below.

The following table lists a selection of published postpaid Telstra plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This table includes products with links to a referral partner.

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 24 months:

  • Small Plan (15GB): $174.95 per month ($50 plan + $124.95 phone payment). Total cost $4,198.80 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (60GB): $184.95 per month ($60 plan + $124.95 phone payment). Total cost $4,438.80 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (100GB): $204.95 per month ($80 plan + $124.95 phone payment). Total cost $4,918.80 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (150GB): $224.95 per month ($100 plan + $124.95 phone payment). Total cost $5,398.80 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 36 months:

  • Small Plan (15GB): $133.30 per month ($50 plan + $83.30 phone payment). Total cost $4,798.80 over 36 months
  • Medium Plan (60GB): $143.30 per month ($60 plan + $83.30 phone payment). Total cost $5,158.80 over 36 months
  • Large Plan (100GB): $163.30 per month ($80 plan + $83.30 phone payment). Total cost $5,878.80 over 36 months
  • Extra Large Plan (150GB): $183.30 per month ($100 plan + $83.30 phone payment). Total cost $6,598.80 over 36 months

As you can switch between Telstra’s mobile plans each month, your total costs may vary if you do change plans over the course of your payment term.

Vodafone Samsung Galaxy Fold plans

Vodafone is offering the Fold on payment terms of 12, 24, and 36 months, with monthly payments of $249.91, $124.95, or $83.30 respectively. You can combine your payments with any of the below Vodafone postpaid plans; prices in this table don’t include what you’ll pay for your phone, but you can find these listed below.

The following table lists a selection of published postpaid Vodafone plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This table includes products with links to a referral partner.

Vodafone Red Plan prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 12 months:

  • Red $35 Plan (5GB): $284.91 per month ($35 plan + $249.91 phone payment). Total cost $3,418.92 over 12 months
  • Red Plus $45 Plan (30GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $294.91 per month ($45 plan + $249.91 phone payment). Total cost $3,538.92 over 12 months
  • Red Plus $55 Plan (80GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $304.91 per month ($55 plan + $249.91 phone payment). Total cost $3,658.92 over 12 months
  • Red Plus $65 Plan (120GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $314.91 per month ($65 plan + $249.91 phone payment). Total cost $3,778.92 over 12 months

Vodafone Red Plan prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 24 months:

  • Red $35 Plan (5GB): $159.95 per month ($35 plan + $124.95 phone payment). Total cost $3,838.80 over 24 months
  • Red Plus $45 Plan (30GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $169.95 per month ($45 plan + $159.95 phone payment). Total cost $4,078.80 over 24 months
  • Red Plus $55 Plan (80GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $174.95 per month ($55 plan + $124.95 phone payment, with $5 monthly discount). Total cost 4,198.80 over 24 months
  • Red Plus $65 Plan (120GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $184.95 per month ($65 plan + $124.95 phone payment, with $5 monthly discount). Total cost $4,438.80 over 24 months

Vodafone Red Plan prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 36 months:

  • Red $35 Plan (5GB): $118.30 per month ($35 plan + $83.30 phone payment). Total cost $4,258.80 over 36 months
  • Red Plus $45 Plan (30GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $128.30 per month ($45 plan + 83.30 phone payment). Total cost $4,618.80 over 36 months
  • Red Plus $55 Plan (80GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $134.80 per month ($55 plan + $83.30 phone payment, with $3.50 monthly discount). Total cost $4,852.80 over 36 months
  • Red Plus $65 Plan (120GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $144.80 per month ($65 plan + $83.30 phone payment, with $3.50 monthly discount). Total cost $5,212.80 over 36 months

Keep in mind that you’re free to switch between Vodafone Red and Red Plus plans on a monthly basis, so total costs may vary if you do change plans over your payment period.

Optus Samsung Galaxy Fold plans

Optus is offering the Galaxy Fold on phone-on-a-plan bundles of 24 and 36 months. Your plan and phone payment are combined, so you will be locked into the same mobile plan for the life of your payment period.

New Optus customers can score three months of free plan fees on selected handset plans. The plans available to pair with your Fold are listed in the below table; prices don’t include your device payment, but the total costs can be found below.

The following table lists a selection of published postpaid Optus plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers.

Optus My Plan Plus prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 24 months:

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $160 per month ($45 plan + $115 phone payment). Total cost $3,840 over 24 months
  • 60GB My Plan Plus: $173 per month ($65 plan + $108 phone payment). Total cost $4,152 over 24 months
  • 80GB My Plan Plus: $183 per month ($85 plan + $98 phone payment). Total cost $4,392 over 24 months.
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $190 per month ($105 plan + $85 phone payment). Total cost $4,560 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $205 per month ($125 plan + $80 phone payment). Total cost $4,920 over 24 months

Optus My Plan Plus prices for the Samsung Galaxy Fold over 36 months:

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $120 per month ($45 plan + $75 phone payment). Total cost $4,320 over 36 months
  • 60GB My Plan Plus: $133 per month ($65 plan + $68 phone payment). Total cost $4,788 over 36 months
  • 80GB My Plan Plus: $143 per month ($85 plan + $58 phone payment). Total cost $5,148 over 36 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $150 per month ($105 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $5,400 over 36 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $165 per month ($125 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $5,940 over 36 months

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy Fold?

The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first bendable device, offering a Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display that folds out to a full 7.3 inches. Close the Fold, and you’ll get a second 4.6-inch cover display, ideal for one-handed use or easy notification checking.

The Fold’s Multi Active Window means you can transition seamlessly from one screen to the next, simply by unfolding your phone. You’ll also be able to open and run three apps simultaneously, as well as adjust and resize app screens for better multitasking.

Alongside a new immersive display, Fold owners can also enjoy an epic six-camera setup. The device includes 16-megapixel Ultra Wide, 12-megapixel Wide-angle, and 12-megapixel Telephoto cameras in back, as well as a 10-megapixel selfie camera and 8-megapixel RGB depth camera in front. When folded, the device also includes an additional 10-megapixel selfie camera on the cover.

Other specs include a 2.8Ghz Octa-Core processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of memory. The Fold includes a 4,380mAh battery and will run a variant of Android 9.0 Pie, but unlike with other major Samsung releases of late – namely, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and Galaxy S10 5G – it isn’t 5G-compatible.

If you’re looking for a device that’s halfway between a phone and a tablet, you want next-level multi-tasking, or you’re serious about handheld gaming, the Fold may be the handset for you. However, many potential customers may be put off the by the Fold’s physical size and eye-watering price tag – if you want a premium Samsung device that’s much more affordable, you may prefer the below Samsung Galaxy S10.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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