Samsung Galaxy S10: prices and deals compared

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e are not only official but they’re also all available to buy now from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile (you can also pick up this device on plans from Southern Phone and TeleChoice). But with so many plans to choose from – and prices more competitive than ever – it’s not always easy to find the best deal for your budget and usage needs.

If you’re considering picking up the latest Galaxy S10 phone on a telco plan, there’s a lot to consider before you commit to a 12, 24, or 36-month contract. So to break down what’s on offer, we’re taking a look at what each of the three major telcos is bringing to the S10 table, as well as the cheapest plans on offer, the biggest data deals, and more.

The cheapest Samsung S10 deals

If your focus in on the lowest prices, the following table shows the cheapest 24-month published plans on offer from Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Woolworths Mobile for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Cheapest of the cheap

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest monthly Samsung S10 plan, Woolworths Mobile’s $20 Extra Small plan —combined with a 36-month phone payment plan— is your best bet. Prices start at $58 for both the plan and phone: $20 for the plan, with a $38 phone payment each month (spread out over 36 months).

Although a 36-month payment term is a big commitment, if you’re really keen on the S10 but don’t want to pay a huge amount each month, it’s a really reasonable price per month. While the Woolworths Mobile plans are listed as month-to-month plans, you won’t have the flexibility to switch telcos unless you pay off the remainder of your handset.

It’s worth noting that Vodafone’s 36-month phone payment for the S10 is almost the same price as Woolworths Mobile’s over 36 months. The big difference is that Woolworths Mobile has a cheaper plan than the $35 Red Plan from Vodafone, which is $72.47 per month (over 36 months). While you’ll be spending an additional $15 per month for the Vodafone plan, it’s worth keeping the telco in your comparisons as Vodafone do have add ons for entertainment and international roaming, in addition to offering bonus data and discounts for bundling.

Here’s the cheapest monthly way to get the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 from each major telco:

  • Woolworths Mobile $20 Extra Small Plan (3GB): $58 per month ($20 plan + $38 phone payment). Total cost $1,368 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $20 plan added on, $2,088 over 36 months.
  • Vodafone $35 Plan (5GB data): $72.47 per month ($35 plan + $37.47 phone payment). Total cost $1,349 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $35 plan added on, $2,609 over 36 months.
  • Optus $45 My Plan Plus Plan (4GB data): $73 per month ($45 plan + $28 phone payment). Total cost $2,628 over 36 months.
  • Telstra $50 Small Plan (15GB data): $80 per month ($50 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $1,080 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $50 plan added on, $2,880 over 36 months.

Telstra Galaxy S10 Plans and Deals

Rather than offering lock-in contracts, Telstra shifted focus to offer month-to-month postpaid plans that can be used as either BYO device or paired with a new phone. When you choose to bundle with a new device, you’ll be able to select whether you want to pay your device off over 24 or 36 months. The device repayment is technically a contract, however the plan you choose to pair with the device is month-to-month allowing you the flexibility to switch your Telstra plan if you need. Cancelling your plan altogether will require you to pay off the remainder of your device.

Whether you decide to pay off over 24 or 36 months, you’ll be able to pair your phone with any of the below plans. Prices begin at $50 per month on the Small plan and go up to $100 for the Extra Large plan with a generous 150GB of data. These plans also include data-free sports streaming of a range of competitions including the NRL and AFL, as well as data-free streaming from Apple Music. Plans also feature free Telstra Air WiFi hotspot use in Australia (and Fon WiFi when overseas). You’ll also avoid excess data charges with access to unlimited data at a capped speed of 1.5Mbps once you go over your data allowance. International calls and roaming are add ons for an extra monthly cost.

The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 from Telstra on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products including links to our referral partners. You can find out more about Telstra’s Samsung Galaxy S10 plans in our Telstra Samsung Galaxy S10 guide.

Vodafone Galaxy S10 Plans and Deals

Go with Vodafone, and you’ll be able to pick up the S10, S10+ or S10e on any of the below Red or Red Plus monthly postpaid plans. You’ll need to pick your plan, then the payment period for your new phone — either 12, 24, or 36 months.

Red plans start from just $35 per month for 5GB of data, and you can also opt for unlimited 1.5Mbps data on Vodafone’s Red Plus deals, which begin at $45 per month and go up to $65. Red Plus plans include a hefty amount of high-speed gigabytes, plus unlimited slow data to prevent overage fees.

Depending on your choice of Vodafone plan, you can also score international call minutes. All of these plans are compatible with Vodafone’s $5 overseas roaming, and if you’re on a standard plan (not a ‘Plus’ plan) you can also add Vodafone Passes for data-free video and music streaming, social media and chat.

If you’d like to trade in an eligible Samsung device, you can save up to $650 off the price of your new Galaxy S10, provided your old phone is still in good working order. Vodafone is offering trade-in credit for a range of Samsung Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the Note 8, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 from Vodafone on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest, then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products including links to our referral partners. You can find out more about Vodafone’s Samsung Galaxy S10 plans in our Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S10 guide.

Optus Galaxy S10 Plans and Deals

If you’re considering an Optus plan, you’ll be able to buy the S10, S10+, or S10e on a traditional two-year My Plan Plus contract. Aside from unlimited national talk and text, plans may include unlimited international calling and texting to 35 countries, and up to 4GB of overseas roaming data each month. You’ll also get data-free streaming and a subscription to Optus Sport.

The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 from Optus on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest, then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. You can find out more about Optus’s Samsung Galaxy S10 plans in our Optus Samsung Galaxy S10 guide.

Woolworths Mobile Galaxy S10 Plans and Deals

Like Vodafone and Telstra, with Woolworths Mobile you select your phone and storage capacity —whether it’s the S10, S10+ or S10e— and then whether you want to repay your device over 24 or 36 months.

There are four different plans to choose from with prices starting at $20 with 3GB of data and going up to $50 for 35GB data. Because Woolworths Mobile offers a bit more flexibility, it’s really the data inclusion that will determine how much you spend each month.

While the plans are cheaper with Woolworths Mobile than the big three, you won’t get the same extras that are common with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Generally you can expect to get some bonus data on these plans from time to time. You’ll also find that these plans are aimed at kids with a 12-month subscription to Family Zone, which allows parents to manage screen time, as well as internet and social media usage. If you’re after cheaper plans and straightforward calls, SMS and data, Woolworths Mobile might be the right telco for you.

The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans for the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S10 from Woolworths Mobile on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest, then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products including links to our referral partners. You can find out more about Woolworths Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S10 plans in our Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy S10 guide.

Which telco is best for data?

Want big data? If you’re looking at 100GB or more, plans with the S10 aren’t cheap. But comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus at this data level over two years, here’s what you’ll pay for a 128GB Galaxy S10:

  • Telstra $100 Extra Large Plan (150GB data): $145 per month ($100 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $3,480 over two years.
  • Vodafone $65 Red Plus Plan (120GB max speed data + unlimited 1.5Mbps data): $121.20 per month ($65 plan + $56.20 phone payment). Total cost $2,908.80 over two years.
  • Optus $105 My Plan Plus (200GB data): $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over two years.

While Vodafone does offer unlimited data on Red Plus plans, speeds are limited to 1.5Mbps. This is fast enough for most every-day usage, although you’ll be restricted to standard definition video streaming. Telstra also includes unlimited capped-speed data on all four plans, effectively eliminating excess data charges, so once you go over your inclusion, you’ll still have data but at a capped speed.

Here is a selection of big-data plans from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone:

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