The Galaxy S8 may not be the first phone you think of when shopping for a new handheld, but Samsung's trusty sidekick is still a solid purchase, especially now that it's retailing at its lowest price ever.
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Currently, Samsung is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $599.99 and the unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $689.99. Trade in your old phone, and Samsung will cut from $50 to $300 off the cost of your new Galaxy.
Alternatively, if you purchase the phone from Samsung with a contract from a major carrier like Verizon, you'll pay just $499.99 for your S8.
Outside of Samsung, various carriers are also offering S8 and S8+ deals. To help you navigate the buying process, we've compiled the best carrier and retailer deals below.
The Un-carrier Network is offering the S8 for $600, which is on par with Samsung's direct price. The S8 Active is also available for $850 or $30/month for 24 months with a $130 down payment. T-Mobile is no longer offering the S8+.
Best Buy has the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $549.99 and the unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $639.99. The retailer also has carrier-specific models of both phones with Verizon (S8 for $28/month; S8+ for $32/month), AT&T (S8 for $21.84/month; S8+ for $25.17/month), and Sprint (S8 from $14/month; S8+ for $17/month.
Now that Samsung's Note 9 is out in the wild, its previous-generation Galaxy phones have all been discounted. Currently, the manufacturer is offering its unlocked Galaxy S8 for $599.99 and its unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $689.99. If you trade in your old phone, Samsung will cut from $50 to $300 off the cost of your new Galaxy. You can also get the Galaxy S8 Active for $849.99 (or less with trade-in), but the S8 Active is pricier than both the new S9 and S9+, which cost $ 719.99 and $839.99, respectively.
At the moment, Big Red is not offering any deals on Samsung's previous-gen phones. In fact, Verizon is actually charging more. They're charging $29/month over 24 months for the S8, which amounts to $696. That's a full $97 more than the cost of buying an unlocked S8 from Samsung. Meanwhile, the carrier now longer has stock of the S8+.
Unfortunately, Verizon isn't the only carrier charging over list price for the older Galaxy S8 phones. AT&T has the S8 for $21.84/month over 30 months. You can also purchase it outright for $654.99. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ sells for $25.17/month under the same 30-month AT&T Next plan, or buy it outright for $754.99.
Sprint offers the Galaxy S8 for $14/month with the option to upgrade after 12 monthly payments. Alternatively, you can purchase it outright for $672, which is $72 higher than Samsung's unlocked price. Meanwhile, the S8+ is selling for $17/month or $744.
The S8 is available on prepaid carriers, too, and you can save money if you buy Samsung's phone from one of these outlets. Boost, which is a Sprint-owned carrier, has one of the more attractive prices on the Galaxy S8. Boost is offering it for $479.99 upfront. Boost doesn't offer installment plans, though, so you'll have to pay that money upfront.
Straight Talk is one of the few prepaid carriers to have both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in stock, offering them for $599 and $689, respectively. Straight Talk also lets you pay off your phone in monthly installments, though the $30.12 and $34.24 it charges each month for the S8 and S8+ add up to much more than what you'd pay buying the phone outright. One other warning about Straight Talk: it didn't fare very well in our recent rankings of the best and worst wireless carriers.
You'll pay $679 for a Galaxy S8 through MetroPCS. However, MetroPCS did fare the best of any discount carrier in our recent round of network speed testing.