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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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 model:

  • 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 (120GB): $129 per month ($119 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months (special price)
  • 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): $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 (120GB): $119 per month ($119 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 512GB model:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $129 per month ($59 plan + $70 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (10GB): $139 per month ($79 plan + $60 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (30GB): $149 per month ($99 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $3,576 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $149 per month ($119 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $3,576 over 24 months (special price)
  • 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 512GB model:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $119 per month ($59 plan + $60 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (10GB): $129 per month ($79 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (30GB): $139 per month ($99 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $139 per month ($119 plan + $20 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months (special price)
  • 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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$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$79 Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1896 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$99 Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $2376 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • $10 monthly credit
  • 60GB bonus data

min. cost $3096 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $4776 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.

Phone payment prices for the 128GB model:

  • 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)

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)

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 and are outlined below.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Students get Double Data

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 the 128GB model:

  • 2GB My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($45 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months
  • 10GB My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($65 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months
  • 25GB My Plan Plus: $95 per month ($85 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,280 over 24 months.
  • 100GB My Plan Plus: $115 per month ($105 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,760 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $132 per month ($125 plan + $7 phone payment). Total cost $3,168 over 24 months

My Plan Flex prices for the 128GB model:

  • 2GB My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($45 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months
  • 10GB My Plan Flex: $79 per month ($65 plan + $14 phone payment). Total cost $1,896 over 24 months
  • 25GB My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($85 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months.
  • 100GB My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

My Plan Plus prices for the 512GB model:

  • 2GB My Plan Plus: $107 per month ($45 plan + $62 phone payment). Total cost $2,568 over 24 months
  • 10GB My Plan Plus: $107 per month ($65 plan + $42 phone payment). Total cost $2,568 over 24 months
  • 25GB My Plan Plus: $107 per month ($85 plan + $22 phone payment). Total cost $2,568 over 24 months
  • 100GB My Plan Plus: $127 per month ($105 plan + $22 phone payment). Total cost $3,048 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $144 per month ($125 plan + $19 phone payment). Total cost $3,456 over 24 months

My Plan Flex prices for the 512GB model:

  • 2GB My Plan Flex: $97 per month ($45 plan + $52 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 10GB My Plan Flex: $97 per month ($65 plan + $32 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 25GB My Plan Flex: $97 per month ($85 plan + $12 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 100GB My Plan Flex: $117 per month ($105 plan + $12 phone payment). Total cost $2,808 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $134 per month ($125 plan + $9 phone payment). Total cost $3,216 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.

The below tables feature the available Optus My Plan Plus options for the Samsung Note 9 (not including your phone repayment costs).

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

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