Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ on-contract pricing
Sasmung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are now both available for pre-order, and local telcos have revealed what they'll be asking customers who want either of Samsung's big new phones on a contract.
On Optus, the cheapest Note 5 option is an AUD$40 per month plan with an AUD$25 per month handset repayment on top. This includes unlimited talk and text, and 500MB of data. Optus' best value plan is an AUD$80 per month offering with an additional AUD$5 per month in handset repayments. This nets subscribers unlimited talk and text, 6GB of data and up to 150 international minutes.
Optus' S6 Edge+ plans are almost identical to its Note 5 plans, but between AUD$4 and AUD$5 more expensive in terms of monthly handset repayments. Optus is only offering the 32GB S6 Edge+.
On Vodafone, the Note 5 is available on an AUD$80 per month plan with an additional AUD$5 per month in handset repayments. This includes unlimited talk and text, 6GB of data, and Vodafone's typical inclusions such as AUD$5 per day roaming.
Vodafone will have both 32 and 64GB variants of the S6 Edge+. On an AUD$100 plan, the 32GB S6 Edge+ attracts a monthly handset repayment of AUD$13, while the 64GB's handset repayment is slightly pricier at AUD$23 per month. Vodafone’s AUD$100 plan includes 10GB of data, and unlimited talk and text.
Vodafone has yet to confirm comprehensive pricing across its entire suite of plans. Pre-orders are scheduled to commence later today.
On Virgin, the cheapest way to get a Note 5 is AUD$30 plan with an AUD$34 per month handset repayment. This includes AUD$300 of talk and text, and 300MB of data. Virgin's best value plan is arguably its AUD$70 plan, which attracts an AUD$10 per month handset fee. This includes unlimited talk and text and 6GB of data. Customers looking for more data can pay a total of AUD$85 per month for 9GB.
As with Optus, Virgin is only carrying the 32GB S6 Edge+. On Virgin's AUD$30 plan, Samsung's curved-screen phablet attracts a monthly handset repayment fee of AUD$39. On the AUD$70 plan, this drops to AUD$17. The AUD$80 per month plan does however provide better value, including 9GB of data and a lower AUD$10 handset repayment fee. This is just AUD$3 more expensive than the previous tier.
On Telstra's AUD$55 plan, the Note 5 will be available for a monthly repayment of AUD$28. This plan includes 1GB of data, AUD$550 of talk and unlimited text. Telstra's AUD$95 per month plan cuts the repayments to AUD$10, and includes 6G of data, and unlimited talk and text.
At AUD$55 per month, the 32GB S6 Edge+ attracts AUD$37 in monthly repayments, while the 64GB version is AUD$5 pricier at AUD$42. At Telstra's AUD$95 per month tier, the 32GB S6 Edge+ is an additional AUD$10 per month, and the 64GB version is again AUD$5 more expensive at AUD$15 per month.
Telstra will open pre-orders on August 24.
Samsung is selling its new phones outright through its own online store, with prices starting over AUD$1,000. The Note 5 is available in a 32GB model priced at AUD$1,099, while the S6 Edge+ comes in 32GB and 64GB capacities, priced at AUD$1,199 and AUD$1,299 respectively. Harvey Norman also has all three models available for pre-order.
The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are scheduled for local release on September 4.