New Samsung Note 20 5G plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone: Where is the best value?
Vodafone is easily the cheapest option over a period of time for the 256GB Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G, but that's over a 36-month term based on what Vodafone has announced so far. It's also tricky because Vodafone isn't taking online pre-orders at this time. If you want to pre-order a Galaxy Note 20 5G through Vodafone you have to do so in-store or over the phone, which is pretty weird in 2020. Vodafone is offering $5 off per month for the first 12 months for this plan tier on the plan cost.
Want to know more? We've scoped out all the in-depth specs and features in our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G review.
Telstra's Small plan would be the cheapest over the full 24-month term, but you'd actually be better off signing up under the Medium plan, because as a promotional deal, Telstra is giving you a $10 credit for 10 months if you opt for a Note 20 on any Medium or better plan. The price difference between the Small and Medium plans is precisely $10, so there's no reason not to for the first year of your Note 20 ownership.
Optus' plan appears pretty affordable, but you do have to factor in that unlike the Telstra and Vodafone offerings, where you have "endless data", Optus' small plan charges $10/GB for excess usage. With 5G connectivity in mind, you could blow through that price difference very quickly indeed. If you went over just twice you'd be essentially at the total cost price of the Vodafone plan – and that's for 12 months less service too.
Cheapest Ultra option: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 256GB
If you fancy the Note 20 Ultra, the pricing gets a little more diverse, although we're again hamstrung by the limited plan information that Vodafone is surfacing at the time of writing.
Want to know more? We've scoped out all the in-depth specs and features in our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review.
Again, you'd be better served picking up the Telstra Medium plan to start with for the Note 20 Ultra, because that $10 bonus deal still applies. Still, it's by far the most expensive of the Note 20 Ultra 5G phone plans right now.
Best everything-included Ultra option: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 256GB
If you want the absolute top tier plans along with Samsung's newest flagship, it's going to cost you. Let's see how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G plans compare across the big 3.
None of the carriers is offering the top tier 512GB model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, so the pricing for the actual handset remains identical no matter which plan you choose. If you're looking at 24-month contracts, Optus has the teensiest of advantages here, charging exactly 1c less per month than Telstra. The 24c saving over 24 months doesn't seem that exciting, really.
However, there's a huge difference between their total plan costs, and it's one that mathematically favours Optus, as long as you keep your mobile data usage under 240GB/month. If you don't want to ever deal with excess data charges, Telstra might be a smarter bet.
If you don't mind signing up to a 36-month contract, check out Vodafone's Ultra 5G plan which comes off cheaper than the other two. You'll even get access to 'endless data' as well.
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