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


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 sign up on a 12-month or 24-month payment period 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 are $63 per month ($1,512 in total over 24 months).

The following table shows all published Telstra 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy Note9 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

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. It’s worth noting that Vodafone no longer has stock of the Note9, but you can pick up a range of other Samsung phones bundled with a postpaid plan.

The following table shows all published Vodafone postpaid plans available to bundle with a new smartphone from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Optus Note 9 Plans

Much like Vodafone, Optus no longer has stock available for the Note9, however there are plenty of other Samsung devices available from the telco. These phones can be paid off over 12, 24 or 36 months and bundled with your choice of postpaid plan. You can also choose to build your own postpaid plan with your choice of data and international inclusions.

The following table shows all published Optus postpaid plans available to bundle with a new smartphone from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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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