Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S9, and now the wireless operators are tracking how much they will charge for the new phone. In general, you are looking for around $ 800 for the S9 and around $ 900 for the S9 Plus. But, of course, pricing could not be so simple, especially for a major new launch in which operators are eager to incentivize their customers to buy one.
Here are the details we have so far: we will be updating with more information as it is published. In all cases, advance orders begin on March 2 and sales begin on March 16:
AT & T
Buy it directly: S9 for $ 790.20; S9 Plus for $ 915.
Monthly fees: $ 26.34 per month for 30 months for S9; $ 30.50 per month for 30 months for the S9 Plus. Those arrive at the same prices as buying the phone directly.
Buy it directly: $ 800 for the S9; $ 930 for the S9 Plus.
Monthly fees: $ 33.33 per month for 24 months for S9; $ 38.74 per month for 24 months for the S9 Plus. You save a few cents by paying in this way instead of buying directly.
Exchange: $ 100 to $ 350 off the S9 or S9 Plus when you buy it in a payment plan and exchange a phone that works in good condition. To get the $ 350, you must change a Galaxy S8, an iPhone 8 or a newer one (realistically, only serious fans of Samsung will accept this exchange offer). Other flagships last year reach $ 300; and you can get $ 200 off for two or three year phones. Phones like the iPhone SE and the Galaxy S5 get $ 100. The exchange value is divided over the life of your payments, so you're still looking at two years of bills.
Monthly fees: $ 30 per month for 24 months for S9; the same for the S9 Plus, but it also requires a down payment of $ 120. That's $ 720 in total for the S9; $ 840 for the S9 Plus.
Exchange: Up to $ 360 discount on an S9 or S9 Plus when purchased in a installment payment plan. You can trade in flagship phones from an iPhone 6S or a Galaxy S7 and get $ 360 off. T-Mobile will also give $ 200 off for flagship exchanges from the iPhone 5S and the Galaxy S4. The discount comes with invoice credits, so you must keep T-Mobile to get the complete offer.
Promo: $ 100 off if you place an order in advance through Verizon, AT & T or Sprint on March 2 only. After that, Best Buy announces a discount of "up to $ 100", which suggests that different operators may receive different discounts.
Exchange: Up to $ 350 discount when operating on "a qualified smartphone". We have communicated to obtain details about what qualifies.