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 VodafoneWoolworths Mobile is also set to offer the Galaxy S9, which will be available to purchase from Woolworths and Big W stores, as well as online. Woolworths Mobile uses the Telstra 4G Network. Southern Phone also offers the phone with some competitive plans on the Optus network. Telechoice is another provider on the Telstra network that offers S9 phone plans.

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 plus Frequent Flyer points.
  • Vodafone is also generally one of the more generous providers with bonus data.

Vodafone’s S9 plans start at about $68 each month, when you combine the $35 Red Plan with a $33 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.

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

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 per month plus any device repayments

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $45 per month plus any device repayments

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

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $60 per month plus any device repayments

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

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $80 per month plus any device repayments

Unlimited* Max Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $60 per month plus any device repayments

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans

Southern Phone may not be a provider you’d have considered – but it should be hot on your radar. Plans available are exactly the same as on its SIM-only deals – you simply pay extra for the phone repayment.

  • Only the 64GB model is available, starting at $74 a month.

$74 a month gets you unlimited calls & texts plus 7GB mobile data. Prices from there then go to $87 and $102 at the upper end. Southern Phone packs a fair bit in for the price, but its model range is understandably less than the bigger brands such as Vodafone. Below is a range of plans without the phone repayments attached.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Green 9.90

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $118.80 over 12 Months

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 22

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 Months

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 35

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 Months

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 Months

23GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans

That’s right – a supermarket also offers hot phone plans. Woolworths is perhaps surprisingly the second telco to offer concrete plan information about the Galaxy S9. Plans include:

  • Small Plan – 6GB, 200 international SMS: from $63.30 per month
  • Medium Plan – 15GB data, unlimited international SMS: from $73.30 per month
  • Large Plan – 25GB data, unlimited international SMS: From $83.30 per month

Good old Woolies looks to have some of the cheapest S9 phone plans in the market, and some dead simple plans altogether. Note that only the 64GB model is available. For a limited time, customers can also receive large amounts of bonus data and discounted phone plans. Woolworths gives customers the option of either a 24 or 36 month phone plan. The 36 month option means you’ll be tied in for longer but will face a cheaper monthly cost; it all works out to be about the same price in the end, however. Below is how Woolies plans look without any plans added in.

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

  • Unlimited
  • 200 International SMS
  • 1GB bonus data

min. cost $720 over 24 months plus any device repayments

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • 5GB bonus data

min. cost $960 over 24 months plus any device repayments

10GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • 10GB bonus data

min. cost $1200 over 24 months plus any device repayments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans

Big boy Telstra has a comprehensive array of S9 phone plans, starting at $84 a month. Of course there is generally a $10 premium if you opt to ‘buy’ your phone as opposed to leasing it. Leasing can present big data bonuses and the ability to upgrade for $99 after only a year. All Telstra plans come with unlimited talk and texts, while premium plans come with Foxtel Now packs – sometimes up to three of them bundled in for 12 months.

  • Leasing plans often see a data boost to the tune of 10GB and/or a monthly plan discount of $10 or thereabouts.
  • 256GB models generally cost about $15 a month extra.
  • Expect Telstra Air data, data-free Apple Music streaming and Apple Music memberships.

With big bonuses on board, Telstra does not offer many Galaxy S9 plans under $90. To get the most ‘extra stuff’ you may have to pay over $100 a month. Below is a selection of S9 plans without device repayments attached.

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 $79Advertised 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

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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans

Optus currently offers some of the most competitive S9 plans. Optus is known for providing big data bonuses, data-free music streaming and even data-free Netflix. All plans come with unlimited calls & texts as standard.

  • ‘Leasing’ plans start at $55 a month for the 64GB model or $72 a month for the 256GB model, with which you’ll get up to 10GB data.
  • Other bonuses include data-free Optus Sport and National Geographic streaming, plus data-free music.

Optus is currently one of the cheapest providers for the S9, at $70 for a regular phone plan. Like Telstra, there is strong incentive to lease your phone over owning it due to the big data bonuses and plan discounts.

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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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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