Samsung Galaxy S8 launch: how to buy it in China

How to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S8 in NEW: Hands on: The first glimpses of the new Samsung Galaxy S8. Photo: Peter Wells
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NEW: The Galaxy S8 will cost $1199 to buy outright in . Photo: Bloomberg

OLD: Samsung introduced the Note 7 in August 2016 and recalled the first batch in September 2016 after customers reported they were catching fire. Photo: AP

OLD: One of the Note7 units that reportedly exploded. Photo: KKJ.CN

TweetFacebookBuying outrightThe Galaxy S8 will cost $1199 to buy outright in , while the S8+ comes in at an eye-watering $1349. There may be slightly cheaper offers available from the likes of Mobileciti and Kogan, but pricing will be largely the same for the first few months after launch.

If you pre-order either device before April 27, Samsung will throw in its latest Galaxy Gear VR virtual-reality headset, plus $50 of Oculus Store credit. The freebies are also being offered through ‘s major telcos when you pre-order.

If you can afford to buy upfront, this is the most cost-effective way to purchase the S8 or S8+. As we’vesaid in the past, phone contracts tend to be bad value for money and they also deny you the ability of switching telcos whenever you like. With that said, here are the plans currently being offered by Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone.

TelstraAs usual, Telstra’s plans cost more than the competition. The 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+ comes in slightly dearer at $87 per month. As with S8, you should stump up a bit of extra cash for the L or XL plan: the difference in data is massive. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

OptusOptus’ 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+ plans are come with the same inclusions but with higher repayment fees: some plans require you to pay more than double compared to the S8. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile is starting its pricing at $70 and $75 per month for the S8 and S8+, respectively. This is the cheapest available plan from any n 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. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

VodafoneVodafone hasn’t released its pricing yet. For reference, its S7 pricing started at $75 per month which came with 500MB of data. We’ll be including the full list of plans below as soon as they become available.

ConclusionAs with last year’s Galaxy S7, you’re going to have to drop at least $90 to get a decent data allowance on this phone. Of the deals we’ve seen, Virgin Mobile’s $86/$91 plan stands out as one of the best bang-for-buck offers: it comes with 8GB of data, unlimited calls and $300 credit per month for international calls.

There’s not much love here for plan hunters on a budget though: the cheapest plan is $70 per month and that nets you a next-to-useless 500MB of data.

​First appeared on SMH