The best deals we can expect to see for the Samsung Galaxy S9
The latest member of the Samsung Galaxy family will be unveiled to the world on 25 February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
There’s plenty of speculation as to what exactly the S9 will look like and what features it will have, with some saying it could feature its own version of the iPhone X’s Face ID potentially called ‘Intelligent Scan’.
The handset is also expected to have a redesigned fingerprint reader and it is thought will launch in four colours – Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Grey and Coral Blue.
And, if you believe what you see in teasing promotional videos on Twitter, Samsung has managed to “reimagine” the camera.
Exciting stuff. But when will we be able to get our hands on the lovely new S9 and what deals will UK providers come up with in order to tempt us to hand over our hard-earned money?
History suggests we won’t have to wait long between the phone’s launch and it becoming actually available to buy. The S9’s predecessor, the S8, was made available to pre-order a day after its official unveiling in March 2017.
According to Twitter leaker Evan Blass, Samsung will start accepting pre-orders at the beginning of March and handsets will be shipped about two weeks later.
According to a C-level executive at a major casemaker, the go-to-market schedule for Galaxy S9 / S9+ is as follows:— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 16, 2018
Launch - 2/26
Pre-orders - 3/1
Ships/releases - 3/16
So the S9 is going to go on sale soon, real soon. But it won’t be cheap. We’re talking about a top-of-the-range handset here, which will look to rival Apple’s flagship iPhone X. And while providers haven’t unveiled their tariffs as yet, we can get an idea of what offers might coming by looking at what’s around right now.
The Galaxy S9 with free Apple Music and BT Sport on EE
EE, for example, already offers six months free Apple Music to all of its customers and throws in access to the BT Sport app for either three or 24 months depending on what type of mobile contract you sign up to.
Prices for the Samsung Galaxy S8 – pictured at the top of this page and still a very good phone – start at £44 a month and £50 upfront for a pretty basic 1GB of data, rising to £63 a month and £50 upfront for a whopping 60GB.
The S9 with free NOW TV, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports
Another way to get cool streaming subscriptions thrown into a deal for the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be to go for a Red Entertainment plan from Vodafone, as they include 24 months of either the NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV.
The provider currently has a number of plans between £54 and £66 a month for the S8, all with £49 payable upfront, with data allowances ranging between 4GB and 60GB.
Generally with a Red Entertainment plan you get a bit less data than with other Vodafone plans, but with your choice of streaming service to balance things out.
Money off and unlimited data
O2 has knocked at least a fiver off the price of many of its tariffs for the Galaxy S8 at the moment, although we don’t expect initial deals for the S9 to be quite so generous.
If what you’re looking for is truly ridiculous amounts of data, or even an unlimited data plan, then your best bet is Three. The provider even has an unlimited or ‘all-you-can-eat’ data plan for the S8 with no upfront cost, although it will set you back £79 a month. Or you can pay £68 a month as long as you don't mind paying £79 upfront.
This deal also comes with unlimited minutes and texts, a 30GB personal hotspot and Go Binge, which means the data you use for Netflix, Apple Music and a handful of other apps doesn’t even come out of your allowance.
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