Samsung officially pulled the wraps off its top-of-the-line Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets yesterday, promising pre-orders for the devices on March 2, with sales to begin on March 16. Now, the wireless carriers are chiming in with how they will be selling the handsets, as well as revealing some discounts.
USA Today canvassed the four U.S. wireless carriers and found some interesting pricing patterns, given that Samsung prices the S9 at $719.99 and the S9+ at $839.99:
AT&T (30-month installment plan)
- S9: $26.34/mo., or $790.20 total
- S9+: $30.50/mo., or $915 total
- Discounts: no word on special deals or potential trade-in offers
Verizon (24-month installment plan):
- S9: $33.33/mo. or $799.92 total. The phone can be purchased outright for $799.99.
- S9+: $38.74/mo. or $929.76 total. The phone can be purchased outright for $929.99.
- Discounts: up to $350 off when you trade in your current device, depending on the device and its condition. You can save an extra $150 if you are switching to Verizon.
T-Mobile (24-month installment plan):
- S9: $30/mo., or $720 total
- S9+: $30/mo., but with $120 upfront. $840 total cost
- Discounts: $360 off with trade-in, variable depending on device type and condition.
Sprint (24-month installment plan):
- S9: $33/mo., or $792 total
- S9+: $38/mo., or $929 total
- Discounts: $350 off the cost with trade-in, again variable depending on device type and condition.
If you choose to get an unlocked device through Samsung, the company is offering the S9 for $30 a month over 24 months and the S9+ at $35 a month over the same period. The company will also offer a $350 trade-in credit for turning in an older device.
Best Buy will be offering the phones for roughly the same price and discounts, but add an additional $100 off when pre-ordering on March 2 with a AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint plan.