Besides the price of the handset, you should also considering the following when choosing the best S23 phone plan for you:
If you're looking for the cheapest plan with extra bang for buck on the side, make sure you check out what deals are available and the monthly repayment cost.
Coverage could also be a big consideration depending on where you live. For example, Vodafone usually offers the cheapest phone plans but its coverage will be spotty outside of major metropolitan cities. Telstra is on the more expensive end but it does have the widest mobile network in Australia and could be a better option for those in rural or regional Australia.
Consider how much data you use and sign up to a SIM only plan to pair your handset with accordingly. There's no point getting a plan with 300GB of monthly data and could save money with lower data, entry level SIM only plans from either of the telcos.
Telstra S23 plans
There are currently no special offers available from Telstra right now. However, you can get a trade-in credit if you trade your old device and sign up to their S23 plan over 12, 24 or 36 months.
Data sharing with up to 10 upfront mobile or data services linked to your account.
4-month access to Spotify Premium for new subscribers and 2-month subscription to BINGE for new customers.
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.
Optus S23 plans
An additional offer is also up for grabs when you sign up to Optus's promo plan. You'll get a bonus value of up to $540 with their Upgrade and Protect subscription. This plan currently costs $69 per month (normally $89/month) for the first 12 months with 500GB of data.
Signing up to an Optus plan will also give you access to:
Optus Sport at a discounted price. You'll pay $6.99 per month instead of $24.99.
Its 5G network (as long as you have coverage in your area).
Endless data. Your speeds will be capped at 1.5Mbps once you've chewed through your data allowance.
Data sharing across eligible linked accounts.
Unlimited international calls and texts to 35 countries (on its Medium plan and above).
Up to 10% in savings when you bundle 3 or more subscriptions via Optus SubHub.
Vodafone S23 plans
You can trade in your old device to get a bonus trade-in credit. The credit estimate for your device may vary and is still subject to Vodafone's terms and conditions.
Samsung's trio of smartphones in the S23 series are similar in design to the S22 but this time around all phones have an Ultra-style layout for their rear cameras. The series has also been given a performance upgrade courtesy of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and a brighter, more vivid display.
The phone giant has said the battery life also lasts 20% longer and the phones offer a better gaming experience.
If you're holding onto one of Samsung's flagship phones from the last couple of years (S21 onwards), you likely won't notice a major difference. That is unless your budget is leaning towards the S23 Ultra which offers a marquee of features albeit with an expensive price tag that could make you wince.
With that said, it's very much Samsung's most powerful Galaxy S phone to date and the only one to offer an S-Pen.
The main back camera is 200MP instead of 108MP, and the front camera is now 12MP instead of 40MP. Its performance in lowlight settings also takes things up a notch.
Right now if you want the best in overall Android performance, this (S23 Ultra) is the phone to buy – and it's likely to hold that position for some time to come.
Mariam Gabaji is an editor and tech and utilities expert at Finder with over 11+ years of experience in print and digital media. Her main goal is to help households cut through the industry jargon and save money on their household bills. Her expertise is often featured in media including the ABC, Yahoo Finance, 9News, 7News, A Current Affair, The Guardian, SBS and Money Magazine.
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