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. Telechoice is another provider on the Telstra network that offers S9 phone plans. Southern Phone has previously offered the phone on the Optus network, however the device is no longer available from the 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 plus Frequent Flyer points.
  • 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 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month (plus handset costs)

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

  • 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 (plus handset costs)

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red SIM Only

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

min. cost $55 over one month (plus handset costs)

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 90GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month (plus handset costs)

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red SIM Only

  • 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 (plus handset costs)

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 125GB)
  • 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 (plus handset costs)

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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 $74 per 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.

  • Leasing plans include a monthly plan discount of $10.
  • 256GB models generally cost about $15 per month extra.
  • Expect Telstra Air data, data-free Apple Music streaming and Apple Music memberships.

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

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$59 Small

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

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
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 10GB + 10GB bonus data

min. cost $1896 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$99 Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 20GB bonus data

min. cost $2376 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 100GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3096 over 24 month plan period

160GBMax 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’
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 10GB international data roaming

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

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. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 was previously available from Southern Phone, the device is no longer in stock, however you can choose from a range of other Samsung devices and choose one of the 12-month plans to pair it with. However when bundling these plans with a device, your contract will be over 24 months.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Green 16

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 32

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $384 over 12 month plan period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $32Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans

Good old Woolies looks to have some of the cheapest 64GB S9 phone plans in the market, and some dead simple plans altogether. 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. S9 prices begin at $33.30 for your handset and plan over 36 months and from $49.95 monthly if you decide to go for a 24-month contract. Below is how Woolies plans look without any plans added in.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Woolworths Mobile

Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $40 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

22GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

35GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised 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, and all plans come with unlimited calls & texts as standard.

  • ‘Leasing’ plans start at $55 per month for the 64GB model, with which you’ll get up to 4GB data.
  • Other bonuses include data-free Optus Sport and National Geographic streaming.

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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo 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 & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo 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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