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

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Great news for Samsung fans: not only is the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 9 now official, it’s also already available to pre-order from the big Aussie telcos. Priced at $1,499 for the standard 128GB storage size, and $1,799 for 512GB, the Note 9 will be available in Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, and Metallic Copper (although colour options may vary between telcos).

Vodafone, Optus, and Telstra have all flicked the switch on Note 9 pre-orders, and each provider is offering some great plans and prices for the high-end Samsung phone. 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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Vodafone Note 9 Plans

As Vodafone is the only major telco to separate phone repayment from your mobile plan, 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.

Phone payment prices for the 128GB and 512GB models:

  • 12 months: $124.91 per month (total cost $1,499)
  • 24 months: $62.45 per month (total cost $1,499)
  • 36 months: $41.63 per month (total cost $1,499)

If you’re confused about the identical prices for both storage sizes, don’t be: Vodafone is running a free memory upgrade promotion for customers who sign up to the telco’s Red or Red Plus Plans. You’ll get the 512GB model for the price of the 128GB version, provided you pre-order by 23 August, 2018.

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 2GB of data.

Optus Note 9 Plans

If you’re hoping to pre-order with Optus, you’ll again receive a free memory upgrade (from 128GB to 512GB) when you buy by 23 August. Optus customers can select from a standard two-year phone plan, or lease their device via Optus’ Flex plans over 24 months.

My Plan Plus prices for both the 128GB and 516GB models:

  • 2GB My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($45 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months
  • 5GB My Plan Plus: $100 per month ($65 plan + $35 phone payment). Total cost $2,400 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $105 per month ($85 plan + $20 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 40GB My Plan Plus: $115 per month ($105 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,760 over 24 months
  • 100GB My Plan Plus: $132 per month ($125 plan + $7 phone payment). Total cost $3,168 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $145 per month ($145 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,480 over 24 months

My Plan Flex prices for both the 128GB and 516GB models:

  • 2GB My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($45 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months
  • 5GB My Plan Flex: $90 per month ($65 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,160 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $95 per month ($85 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months
  • 40GB My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 100GB My Plan Flex: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $145 per month ($145 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,480 over 24 months

If you do go with My Plan Flex, bear in mind that you’re leasing the phone, not buying it. This means that you can upgrade your phone after 12 months, but you’ll need to hand back your Note 9 to Optus, pay a $99 upgrade fee, and sign a new 24-month agreement.

Telstra Note 9 Plans

As expected, Telstra’s Note 9 plans are the highest, although the cost of the phone itself is equal to Vodafone and Optus ($1,499). Again, if you pre-order by 23 August, you can score a free storage bump: 512GB for the price of 128GB. Telstra is also sweetening the deal by throwing in a bonus Galaxy Tab A, valued at $456, with all pre-orders before this date.

Like Optus, Telstra offers both traditional two-year plans, and a two-year lease deal. Leasing is around $10 per month cheaper, but again, you won’t own your phone at the end of the 24-month agreement. You can, however, upgrade after 12 months, but you’ll need to pay Telstra $99 and return your Note 9 in good working order.

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 128GB and 512GB models:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $122 per month ($59 plan + $63 phone payment). Total cost $2,928 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (10GB): $129 per month ($79 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (30GB): $134 per month ($99 plan + $35 phone payment). Total cost $3,216 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (60GB): $139 per month ($119 plan + $20 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Lease Plan prices for the 128GB and 512GB models:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $112 per month ($59 plan + $53 phone payment). Total cost $2,688 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (10GB): $119 per month ($79 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (30GB): $124 per month ($99 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,976 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (60GB): $129 per month ($119 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Ordering from Samsung

Like the above telcos, Samsung is offering an awesome discount on the super-size 512GB Note 9: it’s slashed to just $1,499, on par with the 128GB pricing. Normally $1,799, this deal is only available if you pre-order before 23 August, 2018.

Although you’ll have to pay full price upfront to order directly from Samsung, this means your Note 9 will arrive unlocked, and 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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