Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge now available to preorder outright and on plan
Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are both now available to preorder, ahead of a March 11 release date. The 5.1-inch 32GB Galaxy S7 will set back customers AUD$1,149, while the 5.5-inch 32GB Galaxy S7 Edge is going for AUD$1,249. At present, Samsung will only sell 32GB models in Australia. Both phones support expandable storage.
All customers who preorder a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge ahead of launch will receive a free Gear VR virtual reality headset valued at AUD$159.
Customers looking to buy either phone outright will be able to grab them from Samsung, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and Bing Lee in a choice of black, silver or white.
Australia's four major telcos – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin – are all ranging both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. All four are offering the bonus Gear VR to customers who preorder.
Telstra's Galaxy S7 plans start at AUD$79 per month, including the handset, 1GB of data, unlimited text, and AUD$550 of talk. An AUD$99 plan ups data to 6GB, and gives subscribers unlimited talk and text. For customers after a Galaxy S7 Edge, these two plans are bumped to AUD$86 and AUD$105 per month, respectively.
At the high end, Telstra is offering either device for AUD$195 per month with 25GB of data, unlimited talk and text, unlimited standard texts and calls while roaming, and AUD1.5GB of data for roaming.
Notably, Telstra also has a tablet bundle that includes the handset, 5GB of data, AUD$1,000 of talk, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. This is billed at AUD$99 per month for the Galaxy S7, and AUD$106 per month for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Optus' Galaxy S7 plans start at AUD$64. This gets subscribers 500MB of data, and unlimited talk and text. An AUD$85 per month plan takes data to 8GB and adds 300 minutes of international calls. These go up to AUD$71 and AUD$92 per month when looking at a Galaxy S7 Edge.
At the high end, Optus is offering either device for AUD$100 per month, with unlimited talk and text, 18GB of data, unlimited international minutes, and up to 10 days of Optus Travel Packs.
Vodafone's cheapest Galaxy S7 option is priced at AUD$75 per month, and includes unlimited talk and text, and 500 MB of data. AUD$2 per month more gets customers 6GB of data instead. For the Galaxy S7 Edge, these are priced at AUD$83 and AUD$97 per month, respectively.
At the high end, Vodafone has a 20GB plan that also includes a choice of 15,000 Qantas points, 12 months of Spotify Premium, 12 months of Stan, or a 12 month digital subscription to the Sydney Morning Herald. This is priced at AUD$130 per month for the Galaxy S7, and AUD$133 per month for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
All Vodafone Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge plans include AUD$5 per day roaming.
Virgin's Galaxy S7 offering starts at AUD$60 per month, including AUD$300 of talk and text, and 300MB of data. AUD$85 per month gets customers unlimited talk and text 6GB of data. New or upgrading customers (not coming from Optus) get a bonus 2GB of month on the AUD$85 per month plan, and a further bonus 6GB for the first three months of their contract. These plans cost AUD$65 and AUD$91 per month with a Galaxy S7 Edge, respectively.
At the high-end, Virgin has an AUD$130 plan that gets customers either smartphone, unlimited talk and text, and 15GB of data. New or upgrading customers (not coming from Optus) get a bonus 6GB of data per month, an additional 15GB for their first three months.