Australia’s best Galaxy S8 deal: Who has the best plan?
With a bevy of choices open to you, which Galaxy S8 plan is your best bet?
Samsung Galaxy S8 on Virgin Mobile $79/month 9GB data from Virgin Retail
All for use within Australia. Total min. cost over 24 months: $1896.00 View details
Samsung only officially announced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets early yesterday, although regular leaks surrounding both handsets meant there were relatively few surprises when it came to the nuts and bolts of Samsung’s most ambitious handsets to date.
Carriers were very quick to launch pre-orders for the phones less than 24 hours after launch with delivery of phones from 21 April. Regular sales are expected to commence from 28 April, and if you’re Samsung, you’re hoping for a sellout season on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets. At outright prices of $1,199 for the Galaxy S8 and $1,349 for the Galaxy S8+ they’re priced at premium rates, although Samsung has kept them mostly under iPhone prices and well within the norms for premium Android phones.
So if you want a new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, what’s your best bet for procuring one?
For outright purchase, you’ve got a couple of options. Samsung is now taking pre-orders through its online store for delivery from 21 April with the standardised bonus for the handsets, which comprises the new Gear VR headset with controller and $50 in Oculus store credit to go with it.
Your other option there for outright purchase is amaysim’s just-announced deal on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It doesn’t drop the price, or the pre-order bonus, but does bundle in a SIM with 3 months renewal on any of its UNLIMITED month to month contract plans. That’s a pretty sweet deal, with delivery "from" 21 April 2017. The one small potential fly in the ointment there is that it’s not clear if amaysim has to take delivery of the handsets first on 21 April before shipping them out to you or not, so there could conceivably be a small delay in delivery.
If you’re not flush with cash, though, you’re going to be looking at a handset on contract terms over 24 months. This is where your choices get a little bit more complicated, even though all of the carriers offer that same pre-order bonus Gear VR and Oculus voucher.
At a pure total cost level, Virgin Mobile has the cheapest Galaxy S8 plan in the market, with its $30 Plan bundled with a Galaxy S8 costing a minimum of $1680 over two years. Including handset repayments, that deal costs $70 per month. Chop the plan price out of that deal and you’re paying an effective $960 for your handset, which is a nice early discount. However, Virgin Mobile’s inclusions on that plan are relatively meagre, with just 500MB of data and $300 of credit for calls and texts every month.
Woolworths Mobile’s entry level S plan for the Galaxy S8 runs $72 per month for a total minimum 2 year commitment of $1728. Cut the plan price out of that deal and you’re paying only $888 for the handset, making it the cheapest way to actually score a Galaxy S8 right now. That plan comes with unlimited standard national calls and texts and 1GB of data for use on parts of Telstra’s 4G network.
What if you want more than 1GB of data, though? Optus currently has the prize position of having Australia’s largest contract mobile plans with a hefty 100GB plan for the Galaxy S8 that costs $160 per month. There’s no associated handset repayment at that level, which means you may as well opt for the Galaxy S8+ if that appeals to you. Total minimum cost of the plan over 2 years is $3,840, although the phone is effectively "free" under this deal.
Telstra’s positioning as a premium carrier is reflected in its plan pricing for the Galaxy S8, although it’s worth considering especially if you’re a metropolitan phone user, thanks to its 4GX network. As with the Nighthawk M1 hotspot, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ can handle network speeds of up to 1GBps. Right now Telstra is the only network in the country that can make that claim, so if speed is your thing, Telstra’s plans may well be worth considering. By way of comparison, Telstra’s XL plan with a bundled Galaxy S8 would cost $135 per month with no handset repayments and 25GB of data per month for a total 2 year cost of $3,240.
Vodafone was the last of the big three telcos to unveil its plan pricing yesterday. If you’re in a good Vodafone 4G reception area its plans are potentially worth consideration if you can’t quite jump to that $160 Optus tier, simply because it’ll sell you a $120/32GB Red Data plan with the S8 at $5 extra per month or S8+ at $10 extra per month. Total cost for an S8 on those plans over 2 years is a flat $3,000.