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.
- The Galaxy S9 is rumoured to cost nearly €850, while the larger S9 Plus will cost nearly €1,000.
- These prices, at the time of writing, translate to roughly $1,340 and $1,570 Australian dollars respectively.
And of course, you can bet that the ‘Australia tax’ will be added onto these prices. 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 Plan News
Of the four big providers who usually sell phones on a plan – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile – only Virgin has so far released concrete pricing information regarding Galaxy phone plans. Virgin Mobile operates on the Optus 4G Network. Woolworths 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.
With the new Galaxy scheduled for preorder on 27 February, now’s a good time to take a sneak peek at some phone plans.
Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 Phone Plans
Until late March, Virgin is offering 10% off the plan price, hence some odd-looking total monthly fees, as seen below:
- $40 Plan, 2GB data, $50 international credit: 64GB – $68, 256Gb – $76
- $55 Plan, 5GB data, $100 international credit: 64GB – $79.50, 256GB – $87.50
- $70 Plan, 9GB data, $300 international credit: 64GB – $83, 256GB – $93
- $80 Plan, 16GB data, $300 international credit: 64GB – $87, 256Gb – $97
- $100 Plan, 30GB data, $500 international credit: 64Gb – $95, 256GB – $105
Virgin Mobile boasts several perks, including data gifting, where you can give some of your data to other Virgin users. Data rollover also applies and customers can earn 2 Velocity frequent flyer points for every dollar spent.
- Virgin international credit applies to calls & texts. A call to Canada costs 40c per 30 seconds, for example.
As you can see above, there is nothing wildly out of the ordinary for Virgin Mobile here. It seems most 24 month plans will be available, with value seemingly increasing the more you spend. Below is how Virgin’s plans look with the most basic model bundled in – the 64GB S9.
Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Phone Plans
If you desire a larger screen, the S9 Plus may have what you’re after. Overall expect prices to be dearer than that of the basic S9, if Virgin’s prices below are anything to go by:
- $40 Plan, 2GB data, $50 international credit: 64GB – $74, 256Gb – $82
- $55 Plan, 5GB data, $100 international credit: 64GB – $84.50, 256GB – $92.50
- $70 Plan, 9GB data, $300 international credit: 64GB – $88, 256GB – $98
- $80 Plan, 16GB data, $300 international credit: 64GB – $92, 256Gb – $102
- $100 Plan, 30GB data, $500 international credit: 64Gb – $99, 256GB – $109
As you can see above, prices for the larger model are generally higher than the standard S9. However, if you’re a stickler for a bigger screen, you may find it’s well worth it.
- International credit includes calls and texts to overseas destinations, where places such as Canada cost 40c per 30 seconds.
Virgin once again offers data rollover, data gifting and 2 Velocity points for every dollar spent. A 10% discount also applies to phone plans until late March, which is the reason some of the total costs may look somewhat odd.
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 – 5GB, 200 international SMS: $67.45 – 24 months, or $54.96 – 36 months
- Medium Plan – 15GB data, unlimited international SMS: $77.45 – 24 months, or $64.96 – 36 months
- Large Plan – 25GB data, unlimited international SMS: $87.45 – 24 months, or $74.96 – 36 months
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. As you can see from above, 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 with the 64GB S9 bundled in – note the differences between the 24 and 36 month plans:
Woolworths Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Phone Plans
If you desire a larger screen, Woolworths also has you covered. Plans are much the same as the regular S9 plans, but with a slight price adjustment to suit the more expensive phone. Prices still start at under $60 a month, keeping in mind that only the 64GB option is available:
- Small Plan – 5GB data, 200 international SMS: $73.70 – 24 months, or $59.13 – 36 months
- Medium Plan – 15GB data, unlimited international SMS: $83.70 – 24 months, or $69.13 – 36 months
- Large Plan – 25GB data, unlimited international SMS: $93.70 – 24 months, or $79.13 – 36 months
Once again, Woolies offers a cheaper monthly repayment if you sign up for three years, but plan costs tend to work out the same anyway. Below is how Woolworths plans look with a 64GB S9+ bundled in:
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 S8 plans, keeping in mind that S9 plans are generally higher in price.
Telstra Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Phone Plans
If you desire that extra bit of phone screen, Telstra also has you covered. Once again you get a choice of either a 64GB or 256GB model, with a slightly monthly premium for the larger capacity.
- Prices start at $91 a month, while to actually own your phone you may have to cough up about $10 extra per month or sacrifice some data.
- Foxtel Now packs, Telstra Air data, Apple Music memberships and more come on most plans.
Telstra certainly isn’t the cheapest provider going around but with the raft of extra bonuses on board backed by Australia’s most expansive network, customers may find the telco well worth it. Prices below are for the S8+ keeping in mind that the newer model may fetch higher monthly fees.
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 $79 a month for the 64GB model or $89 a month for the 256GB model, with which you’ll get up to 4GB data.
- Other bonuses include included Optus Sport and National Geographic streaming.
Optus is currently one of the cheapest providers for the S9 at just under $80 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.
Optus Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Phone Plans
Optus also has you covered if you desire the bigger screen size. Prices start at a $5 premium to the regular S9 – $84 a month. Leasing plans tend to offer discounts and data bonuses, and once again Optus shines for its inclusion of Optus Sport and other streaming bonuses.
- 256GB models generally see a $10 per month premium.
- Like with most plans, there is also a 10% student discount.
Optus offers quite a straightforward bunch of plans, with strong incentive to lease rather than buy. Below is how the plans look with an S9+ 64GB model bundled in:
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. 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 $73, with this plan on a 36 month contract. 256GB models see about a $5-$10 extra cost. If it’s contract flexibility you want, with the ability to change around your plan, Vodafone may be worth a look into.
Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Phone Plans
Vodafone has you covered with the bigger phone, too. Once again you get a choice of either a 64GB or 256GB model. As usual with Vodafone, you generally choose one of two paths – extra international credit, or bonus data. 12, 24 or 36 month contracts also apply here, with the cheapest monthly costs unsurprisingly found on the three year term.
- Customers may be surprised to release Vodafone’s S9+ plans are sometimes the same in cost to its regular S9 plans.
Vodafone tends to pack a lot in for the money with a choice of device repayment length and month-to-month Red plans. The big red V is a strong contender for those looking for an alternative to the bog standard 24 month plan.
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.
Virgin Mobile is the first to release concrete pricing information for its phone plans, at a touch under $70 at the cheapest rate. 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.