The Cheapest Way To Buy The Samsung Galaxy S9 In Australia

Signing up for a Samsung Galaxy S9 plan will save you money in the short term - but you could end up paying much more over the life of the phone. When a huge new flagship comes out, we love to compare the prepaid and post-paid plans on offer to get you the best possible price. Here's our guide for the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Most people would rather sign up on a contract than shell out the upfront cost to get the $1199 Galaxy S9 outright – you do get the additional add-ons that most major telcos now throw in (such as Foxtel or streaming subscriptions) but you'll find that, over the life of the phone, you might end up paying more than you had to in the beginning.

To work out whether going on a contract makes sense, we've compared the costs of various no-contract plans over a 24-month period and the outright cost of the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB and 256GB models, with the equivalent contract plans on the same network.

If you can buy a phone outright, pay for 24 months on a no-contract deal, and spend less than being on contract, then why should you want to be locked in? With the pace that technology moves at these days and the never-ending cycle of shiny, new phones... who knows when you'll be upgrading again? (If it's anything like the last few years, shiny, new tech is just around the corner).

A month-to-month payment also allows you to quickly move between providers with no hassle if a better deal emerges in the future!

The No-Contract Plans

Experience suggests that data inclusions are the most important feature when comparing smartphone plans – for the most part, you’ll find that unlimited calls and texts are included by default now, but running out of data on a phone plan is common. I know I run out, at least 12 times a year.

For the sake of this comparison we've only included plans with greater than 10GB of data. That used to seem like a lot, but the way that we are using our smartphones is changing rapidly and greater access to streaming and downloads in the palm of our hand means data is a big deal. 10GB is certainly not the biggest you’ll find, but it is a nice starting point right now.

However, it’s worth nothing that most prepaid plans will have cheaper options that come with less data. If you’re a light user, opting for a cheaper prepaid plan and buying the phone outright is always going to save you cash – some of the prepaid plans available start as little as $10 and give you unlimited calls and texts. If you're a power user with calls, but don't bother with internet, then they might be a better option for you.

The plans we've included in this roundup are either pre-paid or month-to-month contracts that can be cancelled at any time. For Optus, we've included Amaysim, Jeenee and OVO. For Telstra, we've included Aldi Mobile, Boost, Belong and Woolworths. For Vodafone, we've also looked at Kogan Mobile’s offerings.

Every one of these plans includes unlimited texting and calls. We've calculated how much it would cost to stay on this plan for 24 months in the table below.

Once we factor in the cost of the handset - which retails at $1199 - we can compare the pre-paid and BYO plans.

No Contract Deals With At Least 10GB Data

Provider

Network

Monthly Cost

Data

Total (24 months)

Optus Optus 4G $50 10GB $1304
Amaysim Optus 4G $40 15GB $1043
Jeenee Optus 4G $25 10GB $600
OVO Optus 4G $34.95 10GB $850
Telstra Telstra 4G $60 10GB $1564
Boost Telstra 4G $40 15GB $1043
Aldi Telstra 4G $45 15GB $1095
Belong Telstra 4G $45 15GB $1080
Woolworths Telstra 4G $45 15GB $1095
Vodafone Vodafone 4G $40 12.5GB $834
Kogan Vodafone 4G $36.90 16GB $898

Galaxy S9 64GB

Optus

I had to triple check this one, because I was so confused by the savings on prepaid - you don't normally see this many negatives! I still feel like I am somehow wrong, but Optus does have a really good lease plan on the Samsung S9, that will only cost $1920 for the 24 months. Compared to its post paid offering, the only real saving comes from buying outright and landing on Jeenee's plan that will set you back $600 for 24 months. Notably, the postpaid plan we've compared to here comes with 10GB of data right now, but its on promotion - a 5GB + 5GB data boost for 24 months. That could be the reason for such savings on the plan!

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (10GB)

Prepaid Saving

Optus $1304 $2503 $1920 -$583
Amaysim $1043 $2242 $1920 -$322
Jeenee $600 $1799 $1920 $121
OVO $850 $2049 $1920 -$129

Telstra

Similarly, is this real life? Are the postpaid plans just really good for the S9? Telstra are all about the data love - you get 20GB in the postpaid plan we've compared with here, which will cost $2376 over the two years. The only saving is with Aldi Mobile, and it's tiny.

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (20GB)

Prepaid Saving

Telstra $1564 $2763 $2376 -$387
Boost $1200 $2399 $2376 -$23
Aldi $1095 $2294 $2376 $82
Belong $1080 $2279 $2376 -$97
Woolworths $1095 $2294 $2376 -$82

Vodafone

Vodafone's postpaid plan comes with a huge 20GB data, which the prepaid plans we've used here don't really come close to. That's okay! Both Vodafone prepaid and Kogan will save you a good chunk of cash if you can buy outright instead.

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (20GB)

Prepaid Saving

Vodafone $834 $2033 $2280 $247
Kogan $898 $2097 $2280 $183

Galaxy S9 256GB

Optus

We see a similar trend with the 256GB model at Optus. The concern for postpaid users might be going on such a tiny plan data-wise, but you will definitely see the savings over the prepaid options here, largely because they have bigger data allowances. I'd be looking at the Jeenee offering again, if you're bargain hunting.

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (10GB)

Prepaid Saving

Optus $1304 $2653 $2160 -$493
Amaysim $1043 $2392 $2160 -$232
Jeenee $600 $1949 $2160 $211
OVO $850 $2199 $2160 -$39

Telstra

A postpaid plan with 20GB blows most of the competition away here, but it does prevent big savings. Besides Telstra's own prepaid offering, all four MVNOs are doing a huge job at keeping the price down for 24 months. The picks are the bottom three: Aldi, Belong and Woolworths. You can even save more cash if you're not going to use your phone for anything except data - then you'll be able to knock even more money off with Belong's prepaid offering.

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (20GB)

Prepaid Saving

Telstra $1564 $2913 $2856 -$57
Boost $1200 $2549 $2856 $307
Aldi $1095 $2444 $2856 $412
Belong $1080 $2429 $2856 $427
Woolworths $1095 $2444 $2856 $412

Vodafone

Vodafone always seems to have high prices on their postpaid options, so if you're looking at staying on or changing to their network with the S9, your best bet is to just buy the phone outright and grab a prepaid SIM. Saving you up to $350 with Vodafone's own prepaid offering and $285 with Kogan's!

Provider

Prepaid Cost (24 months)

Prepaid Total

Plan Total (20GB)

Prepaid Saving

Vodafone $834 $2183 $2532 $349
Kogan $898 $2247 $2532 $285

Comments

    The Optus plan isn't quite $583 saving as you said it's a lease plan so you don't keep the phone at the end.

    Although saying that you'll only get about $150 by selling it in 2 years anyway so unless you like to keep or give away old phones it's still a great deal!

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