The next generation of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phone series is upon us. It seems like only yesterday that the Galaxy S8 series was released, but the S9 is certainly ramping up the market again, with bigger specs… and a bigger price tag.
- Outright, the handsets can cost upwards of $1,500, which is evidently not a sum to be sneezed at.
Competing with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X phones, the Galaxy series has a similar price tag to match. So if these prices are eye-watering for you, it may be tempting to hop into a phone plan. Luckily, there is some concrete information to reveal about Galaxy S9 phone plans.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plans
Providers to offer the Samsung Galaxy S9 include Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. Woolworths Mobile and Southern Phone had previously offered the phone on the Optus network, however the device is no longer available from either telco.
Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans
Vodafone is an interesting telco in that it gives customers the choice of a 12, 24 or 36 month contract on the phone repayment, but the plan itself is month-to-month. 36 month contracts obviously come with a lower monthly fee, but over a longer period, and 12 month plans come with a higher monthly term but over a shorter period. It all comes down to how long you can stand to be on a contract.
- Vodafone generally gives the option of more data or more international calls
- Vodafone is also generally one of the more generous providers with bonus data.
Vodafone’s S9 plans start at about $62.75 each month, when you combine the $35 Red Plan with a $27.75 phone payment on a 36-month contract. 256GB models see about a $5-$10 extra cost, as does the Galaxy S9+. If it’s contract flexibility you want, with the ability to change around your plan, Vodafone may be worth a look into.
The following table shows all published 24-month Vodafone 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 plans 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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
Telstra Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans
Telstra, like Vodafone, offers your phone payments separate to your plan. You’ll be able to choose between a 24 or 36-month device payment period and then bundle with a postpaid plan on top of your phone payments. Your overall device cost will be the same no matter which length you choose. The plans are also month-to-month, so you’re free to switch between these plans, however cancelling altogether will require you to pay off your remaining handset price.
The following table shows all published 24-month Telstra 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 plans 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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
Optus Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans
Optus currently offers some of the most competitive S9 plans. Optus is known for providing big data bonuses, and all plans come with unlimited calls & texts as standard.
- Other bonuses include data-free Optus Sport streaming.
Optus also separates phone payments from plans, with payment periods of 12, 24 or 36 months available. You can then bundle with one of the four below postpaid plans or choose to build your own postpaid plan with your choice of data allowance and international call and roaming inclusions.
The following table shows all published 24-month Optus 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 plans 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 above to see plans from a range of other providers.
Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 worth the money?
At an expected entry price of over $1,300, the Galaxy S9 certainly won’t come cheap, but for a premium smartphone it’s about on-par. For price, it is generally in direct competition with the iPhone X, priced at over $1,500.
- A phone plan may look tempting, but don’t expect much in the way of anything under than $80 a month for both plan and phone.
The cheapest rates where you can actually own your phone at the end of your contract start at about $70 a month. However, to get big data limits and large amounts of international credit you may have to spend over $90 a month. In any case, don’t expect the S9 to be a cheap endeavour, but you probably already know that.