Samsung Galaxy S9: Outright vs contract plans compared

Is it worth forking out retail price for Samsung's latest handsets, or do contract plans offer better value?

It didn't take long for the major players in the mobile space to reveal their plans for Samsung's Galaxy S9 handset. While there are plenty of compelling reasons to sign up for a phone contract, there's another option worth considering: purchasing outright. By shelling out the hefty handset fee upfront and pairing it with a cheaper prepaid or SIM-only plan, you could stand to save a considerable chunk of cash over the course of a typical contract.To determine exactly how much you can save, you can use the two tables below to see what options are available for both contact offerings, as well as buying an outright handset from a popular online retailer and bundling it with a prepaid plan. While the total costs are almost always going to weigh in favour of an outright purchase, the ability to pay off a phone over the duration of a contract, and avoiding a hefty upfront fee can be a solid alternative for many people.

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Matt Sayer is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.



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Compare Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ outright handset bundles

If you're looking for a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S9, you can compare pricing from local Australian retailers here. You can also compare outright bundles in the table below:


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