UPDATED: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is available to pre-order now! We’ve updated the article to include information on Vodafone’s plans for the device, as well as what Woolworths is offering.
So the Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally been announced by Samsung, and as expected the prices are expensive. Extremely expensive. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have price of $1,199 if you want to buy it outright.
That said, the price seems somewhat justified for what could be a stunning phone – with an amazing new screen and the Bixby smart assistant, it looks like a genuine step forward from last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7.
If you want to read more about the new handset itself, you can check out our hands-on review of the phone right here. In this story, we’re going to look at your best options for buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in Australia either outright or on a contract.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are officially open – below you’ll see the best S8 deals so far – we’ve included a table that’ll automatically update with the cheapest deals as they feed through to us from the various sites and networks, but we’ve also included an overview of each carrier’s current plan offerings.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will officially be released in Australia on Friday, April 28 and comes in three colours: Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Grey.
Although Telstra’s plans tend to be more expensive than the competition, often offering less data per month, the S8 plans from Australia’s biggest telco are actually quite competitive. It’s also hard to argue with the quality of the Telstra’s service and the extensive coverage it provides in both rural and metro areas.
The entry level plan at Telstra will net you a Samsung Galaxy S8 for $80 per month (on the $55 S plan with $25 handset repayments) with a measly 1GB of monthly data on a 24-month contract. That’s a total price of $1,920 over two years.
For just $15 more per month on the $95 L plan, you can get a handset with 12GB of monthly data. Total cost is $2,280 over two years.
If that still isn’t enough monthly data to satiate your download needs, the XL plan will get you 25GB for $135 per month, for a total cost of $3,240 over 24 months.
Surprisingly, Optus has revealed Samsung Galaxy S8 plans that are slightly more expensive than Telstra’s plans, often with similar or even less included data.
Optus’ entry-level plan is $82 per month (the $40 My Plan Plus with $42 handset repayment) with 1GB of data on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $1,968.
For $94 per month over 24 months, you can get a handset with 7GB of monthly data. By comparison, Telstra offers 12GB of data for $1 more per month.
At the high end of Optus’ plans, you can get an absolutely staggering 100GB of monthly data for $160 per month over 24 months. Total price is $3,840.
Virgin Mobile deals
Offering some of the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S8 plans around, Virgin Mobile’s entry-level plan will bag you a handset and 500MB for $70 a month on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $1,680 over two years.
For $77 a month, you can get your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship with 4GB of monthly data on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $1,848 over two years.
If you really want value for money though, you’ll want to look at Virgin Mobile’s top tier plan, which offers a massive 20GB of monthly data for $105 per month over 24-months. Total cost there is $2,640.
Vodafone has now announced its plans for the Samsung Galaxy S8, and while they’re competitively priced, there are cheaper options available that offer more data. Still, if you’re interested in Qantas Frequent Flyer points and international minutes, Vodafone is a good option.
Its entry level plan offers the phone for $37 a month on a $40 plan ($77 total per month) with 1GB of data. Total cost is $1,848 over 24 months.
You’ll probably need a bit more data than that, so we recommend the $60 plan with $28 mobile repayments ($88 total per month) with 6GB of data. Total price is $2,112 over 24 months.
Finally, Vodafone’s top tier plan will net you 22GB of data per month on the $120 plan with $5 handset repayments ($125 total per month). Total cost over 24 months is $3,000.
Supermarket giant Woolworths has jumped feet first into the world of flagship smartphones with some surprisingly good deals on offer.
Its best deal, without question, will get you a Samsung Galaxy S8 with 4GB of monthly data for only $65 per month. That’s a total cost of $1,560 over 24 months.
If you need more data, there’s a $92 per month plan that will give you 9GB of monthly data, though for $3 more at Telstra, you can get a total of 12GB of data per month.
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-order deals: free gifts
If you need some extra sweetening on these Samsung Galaxy S8 deals, here it is: all pre-orders made before Thursday, April 27 through either Samsung or one of its operator or retail partners will come with the new Samsung Gear VR headset at no extra cost.
Not only that, customers will also receive a $50 voucher for use in the Oculus Store.
These are the best plans currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S8 in Australia. Make sure you check back here over the coming days to see if more deals become available.
>> Source: TechRadar