Good news Galaxy fans, announced just yesterday the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are already open for pre-order. If you like millions of tech buffs worldwide fell in love with the phablet’s bezel-free dual curved Infinity Display and performance delivered by the ultra-fast Snapdragon 835 chip, you surely want to have one for yourself. Wondering where is the best place to buy this killer flagship? To help you find the best offer we prepared a brief comparison of all currently available on the market deals on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Gorgeous Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are now open for pre-order. Available at all four major US carriers the phones may be also bought sim-lock free at Best Buy. Prices and bonuses vary so let’s take a look at the offers.
To begin with Verizon, the Big Red is selling both models at full retail price as well as 24-month installment plans. If you choose the first option, you will be charged $720 for the standard Galaxy S8 and $840 in the case of its bigger sibling. Those who prefer to go the installment plan route may buy the Galaxy S8 for $30 per month, and the Galaxy S8 Plus for $35 per month.
If you decide to take advantage of Verizon’s offer, then you will additionally receive a package full of surprises. The pre-order bonus package include a free Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack, or $99 “Experience Box” with Gear VR and Controller and Harman Kardon headphones, plus 256GB microSD card.
AT&T charges $750 for the Galaxy S8 and $850 for the Galaxy S8 Plus. If you don’t like the idea of paying the phone upfront, you can always sign up for an installment plan. If you choose this variant, the Galaxy S8 will cost you $25.34 per month, whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus may be yours for $28 per month. Seems cheaper than at Verizon? It’s just an illusion, as AT&T’s installment plans are 30-month ones. Here also you will get a package of freebies. The carrier’s pre-order bonuses include the free Gear VR with controller and Oculus content, BOGO, and deals on Gear S3 and Tab E.
Moving on to T-Mobile, the carrier’s full retail pricing on Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is exactly the same as at AT&T. As for installment plans, the Un-carrier sells both phones on a 24-month plan within which the Galaxy S8 will cost you $30 upfront and $30 per month, whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus is sold for $130 upfront and $30 per month. Although T-Mobile is also throwing in pre-order gifts, it isn’t as generous as the Big Red as it only offers free Gear VR with controller and Oculus content.
You didn’t think that the nation’s fourth largest carrier won’t add the Galaxy S8 to its portfolio, did you? Sprint just as the three other service providers has started accepting pre-orders on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, selling them for $750 and $850 – respectively. If you can’t afford the full retail price, at Sprint you can also purchase both devices on 18-month installment plans. If you do so, then the Galaxy S8 may be yours for $31.25, while the bigger Plus version is within you reach for $35.42 per month.
Those who want an unlocked model of the Galaxy S8 will have to wait 3 weeks longer until May 9th which is when they become available at major retail stores such as Best Buy, Walmart or Target. Priced at $725 for the Galaxy S8 and $825 for the Galaxy S8 Plus the SIM-lock-free handsets come without bonuses. In other words, you won’t be able to take advantage of the free Samsung Gear VR and motion controller since the promo is only valid for purchases made between March 30th and April 20th.
Furthermore, Best Buy will sell the Galaxy S8 for $750 and the Galaxy S8 Plus for $850. What’s great about the Best Buy deal is that it can be combined with Galaxy S8 promos available at Samsung and its carrier partners, which means that when buying from the retailer, you will also receive a package full of freebies consisting of the next-generation Gear VR headset, wireless Gear VR controller and Oculus VR game pack. In addition, Best Buy will also throw in a special discount on the Galaxy S8 phablets worth $100 to each pre-order. Last thing, Best Buy pre-orders kicked off today.
Perhaps Target isn’t the first place you’d think of when you want to buy to a flagship phone. But since it isn’t an obvious place to preorder a high-end phone from, there are big chances that it won’t sell out in a wink. Secondly, the first 3,000 customers to use a debit or Target RED card to reserve an S8/S8+ will be enrolled for the priority reserve list. When buying at Target you will also get a free Samsung Gear VR plus a $100 Target gift card. Doing simple math, you will receive bonuses worth $229.99. However note that phones sold by the retailer are carrier-dedicated. Usually, devices sold by Target are compatible with Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Summing up, you have multiplicity of purchase options to choose among. If you don’t mind porting to Verizon, the carrier has the cheapest full retail price offer on both Galaxy S8 devices. Best Buy offers the best value for the money. Meanwhile, those preferring installments may consider buying the phones from Sprint. Perhaps the carrier’s installments are a bit higher than those offered by Verizon, but don’t forget that Sprint’s plan is an 18-month one.