Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans & Prices

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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.

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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.

Below are Vodafone’s plan options for the Galaxy S9, minus device payment costs. These are featured products.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 30GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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.

Below is a selection of Telstra plans which can be bundled with the S9. These are featured products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $60 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $80 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $100 over one month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 is currently one of the cheapest providers for the S9, with prices starting at $85 per month for the device bundled with the $45 phone plan.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

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

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