How to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus phone in Australia

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones went up on sale in April so if you are planning to sign up to a new mobile contract or want to have a Galaxy S8 or S8 plus here is how you can buy these phones in Australia. Note that currently the available plans for this phone come from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

Know the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 plus specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch Infinity Display boasting a native resolution of 2960×1440 pixels. Despite the roomier display, the phone is actually smaller than last year’s 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 thanks to a new, bezel-free design. The S8 plus comes with a gargantuan 6.2-inch display. It has an identical resolution to the S8.

Both models run Android 7.0 and come with 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, an Octacore processor and 64GB of internal storage. (These specs are all quite similar to the Galaxy S7.) The S8 comes with a 3000mAh battery while the S8 plus has a slightly larger 3500mAh battery. Having learned its lesson about expandable storage, Samsung has equipped both models with MicroSD slots that support up to 256GB.

Also these mobiles include IP68 dust and water resistance, inbuilt NFC, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, Samsung Pay, wireless charging functionality and an 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front-facing camera. Both phones also come with Bixby: Samsung’s voice-controlled AI assistant and high-end earphones from AKG.

The price of both the handsets

The Galaxy S8  costs $1199 to buy outright in Australia. The S8 plus will cost $1349. You might be able to find slightly cheaper offers from online retailers like Kogan.

Australia’s major telcos released their own pricing for the S8 and S8+. Both phones are available on a range of 24-month plans from Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone with prices starting at around $70 a month.

If you can afford to buy upfront, this is the most cost-effective way to purchase the S8 or S8 plus as here are the plans currently being offered by Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone.

1. Telstra

Samsung Galaxy S8

Telstra’s plans starting price for the Galaxy S8 on a 24-month contract is $80 ($55 per month plus $25 monthly handset repayments). This is around the same price as last year’s S7, which started at $79 per month.

However, the entry-level plan nets you a measly 1GB of data. You’re much better off going for a $95+ plan, which come with up to 25GB of data and $0 handset repayments. In short, you’d have to be an idiot to go with Telstra’s smallest plan.

The S8 plus comes in slightly heavy at $87 per month. As with S8, you should have up a bit of extra cash for the L or XL plan: the difference in data is massive.

2. Optus

Samsung Galaxy S8

Optus’ cheapest plan for the Galaxy S8 is $82 per month, an increase of nearly $20 over the S7 launch price. The S8+ is slightly more expensive at $87. Like Telstra, you get 1GB of data on these plans which won’t get you very far. The sensible plans start at $94, which comes with 7GB of data per month. The S8 plus plans  come with the same inclusions but with higher repayment fees: some plans require you to pay more than double compared to the S8.

3. Virgin Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S8

Virgin Mobile is starting its pricing at $70 and $75 per month for the S8 and S8 plus, respectively. This is the cheapest available plan from any Australian telco, although the 500MB data cap renders it worthless. The top-tier plans come in at $105 and $110 which nets you 20GB per month to play around with.

4. Vodafone

Samsung Galaxy S8

Visit the Vodafone site for its pricing on S8. The S7 pricing started at $75 per month which came with 500MB of data. All the plans on offer and price listed here were at the time of writing this post. Consult the telcom websites for latest updates or stay tuned for more details on these plans and offers here.