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 Optus, Telstra offers both traditional two-year plans and a two-year lease deal. Leasing is around $10 per month cheaper, but then 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 (or wait for 18 months and upgrade at $0 extra cost).

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 128GB model:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $114 per month ($59 plan + $55 phone payment). Total cost $2,736 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $119 per month ($79 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $124 per month ($99 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,976 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (160GB): $139 per month ($119 plan + $20 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months (special price with $10 plan credit applied to $129 plan)
  • 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 model:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $104 per month ($59 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $2,496 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $109 per month ($79 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $2,616 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $114 per month ($99 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,736 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (160GB): $129 per month ($119 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months (special price with $10 plan credit applied to $129 plan)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 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 + $59 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $55 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,736 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $114Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $79 Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Includes 10GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $40 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,856 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $99 Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Includes 20GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,976 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $124Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data
  • Includes 100GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $20 monthly device payment
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3,336 over 24 month plan period

160GBMax Data**/billing period $139Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS
  • 10GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $0 monthly device payment

min. cost $4,776 over 24 month plan period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 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)

Phone payment prices for the 512GB model:

  • 12 months: $149.91 per month (total cost $1,799)
  • 24 months: $74.95 per month (total cost $1,799)
  • 36 months: $49.97 per month (total cost $1,799)

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. 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

2GBMax 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

15GBMax Data**/billing period $107.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $50 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 50GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,694 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $112.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,934 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $122.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB + $80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,414 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $142.25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $62.25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,934 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $122.25Advertised 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. Optus customers can also choose between phone lease or own plans and like Telstra, you’ll stand to save $10 on the device payment if you choose the lease option.

My Plan Plus prices for the 128GB model:

  • $45 My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($45 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 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: $95 per month ($85 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months.
  • $105 My Plan Plus: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • $125 My Plan Plus: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

My Plan Flex prices for the 128GB model:

  • $45 My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($45 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months
  • $65 My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($65 plan + $20 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months
  • $85 My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($85 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months.
  • $105 My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • $125 My Plan Flex: $106.25 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 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 (in good working order) to Optus, pay a $99 upgrade fee, and sign a new 24-month agreement.

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
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $50 month device payment

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

4GBMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $65 My Plan Plus

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

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

20GBMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $10 month device payment

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

50GBMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • 2GB global roaming data
  • Price includes $0 month device payment

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 128GB + $125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • 4GB global roaming data
  • Price includes $0 month device payment

min. cost $3,000 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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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