Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ have set a new standard for Android handhelds, but what you'll pay for these new flagships largely depends on where you buy them.
Currently, Samsung offers unlocked versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ for $719.99 and $839.99, respectively. How does that stack up with other offers? Here are the best deals for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ so far.
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Galaxy S9 Deals: Samsung and Carriers Compared
|Carrier||Galaxy S9 Price||S9 Monthly Payments||Galaxy S9+ Price||S9+ Monthly Payments||Trade-In Rebates?|
|Samsung||$719.99||$30/24 months||$839.99||$35/24 months||Up to $350|
|Verizon||$799.99||$33.33/24 months||$929.99||$38.74/24 months||Up to $350|
|AT&T||$789.99||$26.34/30 months||$914.99||$30.50/30 months||Up to $350|
|T-Mobile||$720||$30/24 months||$840||$30/24 months + $120 down||Up to $360 off|
|Sprint||$792||$33/18 months||$912||$38/18 months||Up to $350|
If you don't have a phone to trade in — or prefer to hold onto your current phone to sell elsewhere — Best Buy has an excellent deal that doesn't require a trade-in. Best Buy is taking $200 off the Galaxy S9 or $300 off the Galaxy S9+ when you sign up with Verizon. Alternatively, you can take $150 off via AT&T or Sprint.
Alternatively, you can get the Galaxy S9 bundled with the Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for $669.99 when you activate your phone with Verizon. That's $50 off the phone's price and the SmartThings Kit normally retails for around $149.
Walmart continues to offer one of the best Galaxy deals we've seen. The retailer is taking $150 off the S9 and S9+ when you purchase the phone in-store and sign up for a installment agreement with AT&T or Verizon. (Click on the "shop now" button to see details). The best part is that Walmart's discount stacks with any current AT&T and Verizon promos.
Verizon customers can take 50 percent off multiple premium smartphones, including the Galaxy S9 and S9+, when they trade-in select handsets.
To get half-off your new S9, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Note 8, Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G6, LG V30, or a Moto Z Force. To get 35 percent off your S9 purchase, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7, Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, LG G5, LG V20, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z2 Play, or HTC 10.
To get half-off a Galaxy S9+, you'll need to trade-in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Note 8, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, or Moto Z2 Force. To get 35 percent off, you'll need to trade an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Galaxy S7/Edge, Note 5, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, LG G6, LG V20, Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z Force, or HTC 10.
If you don't have a phone to trade-in, customers can expect to pay $33.33/month (over 24 months) for the S9 and $38.74/month for the S9+. That works out to $800 for the S9 and $930 for the S9+ when you pay full-price — the most expensive of any carrier.
Alternatively, you can get a $150 prepaid MasterCard when you port in a new line of service. This promo stacks with the trade-in offer, so you could potentially get up to $500 off a new S9 or S9+ if you activate a new line of service and trade-in your current phone.
AT&T customers who purchase Samsung's S9 via AT&T's Next installment plan will pay $26.34 for 30 months for the S9 ($789.99 total) or $30.50 for the S9+ ($914.99 total). However, if you purchase the S9 and are a DirecTV subscriber (with a minimum $29.99/month plan), you can get 50 percent off your S9 purchase.
In addition, AT&T is offering up to $350 in credits if you trade-in your current phone. And if you have an older phone, AT&T has the most aggressive trade-in offer as they will give you a minimum $200 credit as long as your phone has a value of at least $20. Otherwise, trade in a Galaxy S7 family phone and get a minimum $300 credit or trade in a Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, LG V30, or Google Pixel 2/XL phone for a minimum $350 credit.
Additionally, if you open a new line from a competitor, AT&T will give you a $150 bill credit, which stacks with the above offers for potential savings of $500.
Not to be outdone, Sprint has a few S9 deals of its own. Sprint charges $792 for the Galaxy S9 and $912 for the S9+ when you buy the phone outright. However, the carrier is offering up to $350 off with an eligible trade-in and via the carrier's 18-month Sprint Flex program. After discount, you could pay as little as $33/month for the S9 or $38/month for the S9+. Or you can opt for the Galaxy Forever program, which lets you trade up to a new Galaxy after 12 months.
Additionally, you can get a $150 prepaid Visa card when you open a new line of service.
Trade-in credits are as follows — $150 credit: GS6, GS6 Edge, GS6 Edge+, GS6 Active, Note 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 plus, LG G6, LG v20, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL. $250 credit: GS7, GS7 Edge, GS7 Active, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, LG v30+. $350 credit: GS8, GS8+, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
Few carriers are as aggressive with price cuts as T-Mobile, and that's proving to be the case with the Galaxy S9. The carrier has the lowest prices on the S9 and S9+ if you buy the phones outright at $720 and $840, respectively. Buy the phones in installments, and you'll pay $30 per month over 24 months for either phone; the Galaxy S9+ requires a $120 down payment, though.
To max out your savings, you'll want to trade-in an eligible phone, which can cut the price of the Galaxy S9 by half. That's right, T-Mobile is offering up to $360 in savings with trade in. Better yet, T-Mobile's trade-in plan is one of the most generous with many phones that qualify for the full $360 credit. For instance, The Galaxy S8, S7, and Note 8 families all qualify for the $360 credit. Likewise, the iPhone 6s through iPhone 8 all qualify for the $360 credit, as do the LG V30 and V30+. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 through the S6 family, iPhone 5s through iPhone 6, LG V20, LG G5, and LG G6 all qualify for the $200 credit.
T-Mobile is also offering a BOGO promo where you'll get a $720 credit when you buy a Galaxy S9. The $720 credit can be used to get a free secondary S9 or to lower the price of an S9+.
Samsung, Best Buy and More
Samsung is selling its own phones for $720 (Galaxy S9) and $840 (Galaxy S9+). The Galaxy S9 costs $30 a month over 24 months unlocked. The Galaxy S9+ goes for $35 a month over 24 months, but you don't have to pay $120 upfront like you would at T-Mobile, which requires a down payment.
Best Buy is offering a variety of savings which take from $150 to $300 off the new Galaxy flagships.
Wholesale clubs are also getting in on the discounts. Sam's Club is offering a $150 Sam's Club gift card if you purchase and activate your new Galaxy at a Sam's Club store. They're offering the Galaxy for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.
Amazon is also offering the Galaxy S9 Bundle for $819.98. It includes an unlocked S9, Samsung Gear VR, and Samsung Gear IconX Bluetooth Fitness Buds. The bundle is $202 cheaper than buying each devices separately.
Lastly, never-MSRP via eBay has a new, unlocked Galaxy S9+ for $754.99, which is the lowest price we've seen for an unlocked model.
The prepaid carriers are also getting in on the S9 deals. For the absolute lowest prepaid price, Boost has the S9 for $699.99.
StraightTalk is offering the S9 for $699.99 and the S9+ for $829.99. Just keep in mind that in our tests StraightTalk had the slowest LTE speed and provided one of the worst customer service experiences we've gone through.
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