Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Which plan is cheapest and best value?

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Samsung fans have been spoilt in recent years with some great phone releases and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception. Priced at $1,499 for the standard 128GB storage size, and $1,799 for 512GB, the Note 9 is available in Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, and Metallic Copper (although colour options may vary between telcos).

Vodafone, Optus, and Telstra all have the Note 9 available in conjunction with some great plans across a range of prices. Read on to find out where to order your Note 9, what you’ll pay, and all the offers you’ll find from each telco – or jump ahead to your preferred provider with the links below.

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Telstra Note 9 Plans

As expected, Telstra’s Note 9 plans are the highest, but Telstra does have some great extras on its plans to balance out the expense. Telstra also only has the 128GB model available, so if you’re looking for more storage, you might have to look elsewhere.

Like Vodafone, Telstra separates your plan and device payments. You’ll be able to choose whether you repay your device over 24 or 36 months and then bundle with one of the four month-to-month postpaid plans. Your total monthly cost depends on how many months you’re paying off your device (although the overall cost for the device is the same) plus which plan you choose to bundle. You can swap between plans, however cancelling will require you to pay off the remainder of your device.

Monthly phone payments for the 128GB Galaxy Note9 model:

  • 24 months: $63 per month ($1,512 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $42 per month ($1,512 in total over 36 months)

To give you an idea of what to expect on a Telstra plan, the below table outlines the telco’s Small through to Unlimited plans. Keep in mind that these prices are for your plan only, and don’t include the monthly payment for your Note 9; you’ll also notice that while the Extra Large plan is priced at $129, it’s currently available for $119 with a Note 9.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $50 Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $63 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,712 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $113Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $60 Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $63 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,952 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $123Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $80 Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $63 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,432 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $143Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $100 Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $63 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,912 over 24 month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $163Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone Note 9 Plans

Vodafone was the first major telco to separate phone repayment from your mobile plan, so you have a little more flexibility when it comes to picking your payment term. The Note 9 is available on interest-free payment plans of either 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months; the total cost of the device is the same no matter which option you pick, but your monthly payment will vary with a 36-month commitment reducing your monthly cost, while 12 months will increase the price significantly.

Phone payment prices for the 128GB model:

  • 12 months: $124.50 per month (total cost $1,494)
  • 24 months: $62.25 per month (total cost $1,494)
  • 36 months: $41.50 per month (total cost $1,494)

The above costs don’t include your monthly Vodafone Red or Red Plus plan fees, but prices for these plans begin at $35 per month for 5GB of data. Your total monthly cost will depend on not only which phone size you choose and the plan, but also the length of the phone payment contract. The following table includes sponsored links and the pricing for Vodafone’s plans combined with the 128GB Note9 on a 24-month payment period.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,334 over 24 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $97.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,574 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $107.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $55 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,814 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $117.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $65 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,054 over 24 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $127.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB + $55 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,814 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $117.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $65 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,054 over 24 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $127.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus Note 9 Plans

Much like Telstra, Optus only has the 128GB models available, however if you’re happy with this storage size, you’ve got quite a few plans to choose from.

My Plan Plus prices for the 128GB model:

  • $45 My Plan Plus: $90 per month ($45 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $2,160 over 24 months
  • $65 My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($65 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months
  • $85 My Plan Plus: $100 per month ($85 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,400 over 24 months.
  • $105 My Plan Plus: $110 per month ($105 plan + $5 phone payment). Total cost $2,640 over 24 months
  • $125 My Plan Plus: $130 per month ($125 plan + $5 phone payment). Total cost $3,120 over 24 months

The below tables feature the available Optus My Plan Plus options for the 128GB Samsung Note9.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • Price includes $45 month device payment

min. cost $2,160 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • Price includes $30 month device payment

min. cost $2,280 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • Price includes $15 month device payment

min. cost $2,400 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • 2GB global roaming data
  • Price includes $5 month device payment

min. cost $2,640 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $110Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • 4GB global roaming data
  • Price includes $5 month device payment

min. cost $3,120 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $130Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Note 9

Ordering from Samsung

Although you’ll have to pay full price upfront to order directly from Samsung, this means your Note 9 will arrive unlocked and it will be ready to work on any network and plan you choose. So if you’ve got the cash ready, buying outright can be a great way to pair your Note 9 with a better value plan than what you’ll get from a two-year contract; you’ll also have the flexibility to use your phone on a month-to-month SIM-only plan, so you won’t be locked in.

Why buy the Note 9?

If you’ve loved previous Samsung Galaxy releases – or are thinking of making the switch to Android – the Note 9 offers plenty of exciting, high-end features. The device includes a brilliant 6.4-inch Infinity Display, an ultra-fast processor ideal for gaming and multi-tasking, and a long-lasting battery with wireless charge compatibility.

The updated S-pen stylus now features Bluetooth capabilities, so it’s an excellent tool for business, photography or design. The Note 9 also includes hard-to-beat cameras, which adapt to surrounding lighting and feature capture optimisation and instant flaw detection for Instagram-worthy pics every time. Plus, you’ll get Android 8.1.0 Oreo straight out-of-the-box, and a microSD card slot for even more memory.

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