Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Best prices + plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

Posted: 11 January 2022 9:50 am
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The latest phone in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is now available from mobile providers in Australia starting from just $54 per month.

Samsung's entry level Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Fan Edition) is slinging a $999 to $1,099 price tag, depending on which model you opt for.

If you're not keen on paying outright, you can easily sign up to a phone plan with Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or Woolworths Mobile and score yourself a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2 (worth $219) alongside your shiny new handset.

Choose a provider and see what's on offer:

Telstra S21 FE plans

You can either buy the phone outright from Telstra or get on a handset repayment plan over 12, 24 or 36 months which you'll need to pair with one of its Upfront mobile plans.

The cheapest one costs $55 per month for 40GB. If you opt for the 128GB model, here's what you could be paying per month.

With a Telstra phone plan you can expect:

  • Access to the largest 4G network in Australia + 5G network access (on its Medium plan and above).
  • Data sharing with up to 10 upfront mobile or data services linked to your account.
  • No excess data charges. Your speeds will be capped at 1.5Mbps once you've used up your data allowance.
  • Unlimited international texts to all countries and at least 30 minutes of free calls.
  • Data-free streaming for live sport.

Optus S21 FE plans

You can sign up to a handset repayment over 12, 24 or 36 months with Optus as long as you pair it with an Optus mobile plan.

As an example, the cheapest Optus mobile plan costs $45 for 20GB.

If you coupled that with its device repayment plan, here's what you could end up paying per month for the 128GB model.

With an Optus phone plan you'll get:

  • Access to Optus Sport and OS Fitness at no extra cost.
  • 5G network access on all plans if it's available in your area.
  • Endless data. Your speeds will be capped at 1.5Mbps once you've chewed through your monthly data allowance.
  • Data sharing across eligible plans linked to the same account.
  • International calls and texts to 35 selected countries (on the Medium plan and above).

Vodafone S21 FE plans

Vodafone also offers 12-, 24- or 36-month handset repayment options as long as you sign up to its mobile plan.

The cheapest plan will set you back $40 per month for 40GB worth of data.

If you pair that with its device repayment plan, here's what you could be paying monthly for the S21 FE 128GB.

Vodafone's plans come with:

  • Infinite data. Once you've used up your data allowance, your speeds will be capped at 2Mbps.
  • Access to Vodafone's 5G network if it's available in your area.
  • 1,000 minutes of free international calls to Zone 1 countries (on its 80GB plan and above).
  • International roaming for $5 per day.
  • 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited.

Woolworths Mobile S21 FE plans

You can get on Woolies' 24- or 36-month handset repayment contract by pairing it with its mobile plan.

The lowest costing option will set you back $25 per month for 20GB.

For the 128GB model, you could be paying:

  • $54 per month over 36 months
  • $67 per month over 24 months

While Woolworths Mobile might not have an abundance of features, all of them are pretty handy:

  • Access to the Telstra 3G/4G network.
  • Data banking up to 300GB.
  • 10% off your monthly grocery bill from Woolies.

Remember: Signing up with either Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or Woolworths Mobile will automatically make you eligible for a free pair of Galaxy Buds 2.

What's the cheapest S21 FE plan?

While Woolworths Mobile offers the cheapest phone plan of the lot, it doesn't offer 12-month repayment plans like the rest do.

If you'd rather go with a bigger telco, Vodafone takes the cake for offering the cheapest way to buy the S21 FE on a plan since its mobile plans cost the least.

However, the difference between Vodafone and Optus (the second best option in terms of price) is only $5 per month, or $180 over 36 months.

This could be worth it if you value better coverage and having the extra plan features that Optus offers.

Not sure if you're ready to buy yet? Read our S21 FE review before deciding.

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