Samsung Phone Plans & Prices

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Aussie telcos that offer Samsung phone plans

Vodafone currently offers over half a dozen Samsung devices on both postpaid and prepaid plans. Postpaid options include the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy A8.

If you do buy your phone through Vodafone, you’ll be able to choose from a 12, 24, or 36-month repayment period that’s separate from your mobile plan. This means that the below postpaid plans are all month to month, so you can switch plans without cancelling your phone payments.

Vodafone also sell a range of prepaid plans, which can be paired with the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro. This phone is currently available to buy upfront for $189.

It’s not just the major telcos offering deals on Samsung devices. Southern Phone’s mobile plans run on the Telstra and Optus 4G networks, and customers can select from a decent range of Samsung phones to either buy outright, or pay off over 24 months.

Available phones include the Samsung Galaxy S9; Galaxy S9+; Galaxy S8+; Galaxy J2 Pro; Galaxy J5 Pro; Galaxy A5; and the Galaxy J1 Mini. With prices beginning at $99 outright (for the J1 Mini), up to $1349 (for the S9+), there’s options to suit every budget.

Once you selected your phone, you can combine it with a SIM-only Southern Phone postpaid plan. Plans are available on a month-to-month basis and also on a 12-month contract; as the year-long plans offer better overall value, we’ve listed them below.

Woolworths Mobile offers customers the choice between phone repayments over 24 or 36 months in conjunction with your plan of choice.

Samsung phone that are currently available on plans through Woolworths Mobile include the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ (both 128GB and 512GB), the S10e, the Galaxy Note9, S9 and both the A8 and J8 phones. Once you’ve chosen your device, simply pick the repayment period and the postpaid plan you wish to add on.

Currently, Telstra customers can pick from multiple Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, the Note9, Galaxy S9, S9+ and the S8. If you’re buying on a standard two-year plan, you will be locked in to your choice of data and mobile service for the full repayment period.

Telstra also offers most of the above phones on its lease plans. You’ll make a monthly payment over 24 months, but have the option of upgrading to a new phone at the one-year mark. To upgrade, you’ll need to pay $99 and hand back your Samsung phone in good working order.

Later in 2019 as a Telstra exclusive, the telco will stock the Galaxy S10+ 5G model. As Telstra rolls out its 5G network, this exclusive partnership with Samsung is sure to entice 5G enthusiasts over to Telstra.

Like Telstra, Optus gives customers the option of paying off selected Samsung phones on a standard two-year plan, or leasing. A range of the newer models are available on lease plans over 24 months, with the option to upgrade at 12 months. You’ll need to pay $99 and return your phone in good condition in order to upgrade.

If you’re looking at a Samsung device from Optus, you’ll be able to choose from the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, the S9, S9+, Note9, Galaxy S8 and the A8. How much you pay for your phone’s repayment is dependant on the plan you choose and how new the phone is.

If you’re concerned about excess data charges, both Vodafone and Telstra now offer ‘unlimited’ data plans for postpaid customers. Most of these plans include an allowance of high-speed 4G data each month, plus unlimited slower data (capped to 1.5Mbps). However Telstra does offer the only truly unlimited plan on the market at $199 per month, your speed won’t be capped at all.

Vodafone customers can pick from the $50 Red Plus Plan, $60 Red Plus Plan or the $80 Red Plus Plan, which all have the data speed capped after you reach your max-speed data inclusion. If you’re with Telstra, apart from the Ultimate Unlimited plan, the telco has a few plans with ‘peace of mind’ data, where your speed will be capped once you reach your data inclusion.

With several buying options available for Samsung phones, it’s not always easy to figure out the best deal. However, as general rule of thumb:

  • Buying outright: This is a good option if you have the full device cost handy, and don’t want to be locked to a phone plan or telco. You’ll own your phone immediately, and be free to move to any SIM-only plan you like, without needing to sign contracts.
  • Paying in instalments: This is still the most common way your average Australian buys a new phone, and means you’re spreading the total cost of your Samsung phone over 12, 24, or 36 months of payments. If you’re okay with sticking to a single plan or provider, and prefer a payment plan to shelling out hundreds (or thousands) or dollars at once, this is worth considering.
  • Leasing your phone: Optus and Telstra both offer lease options for Galaxy smartphones. These plans mean you won’t own your phone outright at the end of the lease payment (unless you pay extra); you’re basically ‘renting’ your phone, and will have to return it in good condition to your telco after the lease period is up.

You do have the option of upgrading to a newer phone after 12 months, but you’ll need to hand back your Samsung device and pay a $99 upgrade fee. These plans may work for people who love to change phones annually, and aren’t prone to losing or damaging devices; you may also receive a cheaper or better-value mobile plan, when compared to buying a phone on a two-year contract.

Depending on your choice of telco and plan, you can score some great extras and inclusions to go with your new Samsung phone.

  • Vodafone: Many Vodafone plans come with up to 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points, plus monthly international calling extras – up to 3,300 minutes to call selected countries. Discounts are also available for students and current customers signing up for an additional plan, and bonus and double data offers are frequently available.
  • Optus: If you love mobile streaming, Optus includes data-free music, sports, and National Geographic on selected plans, plus the option to add data-free Netflix and Stan for $5 per month. Higher-end plans also include up to 4GB of international roaming data per month, and unlimited standard international talk and text.
  • Telstra: You’ll get unlimited international talk and text with all plans. All postpaid Telstra customers will also have access to Telstra Air Wifi hotspots, data-free Apple Music and data-free live sport from the NRL, AFL, AFLW, and Australian netball.
  • Woolworths Mobile: All of Woolworth’s postpaid plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS. You’ll be able to grab bonus data from time to time and even access data banking.

 

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