Theand hit shelves today, and carriers are scurrying to lure buyers on board. Sprint rewarded early-bird customers with the honor of naming a star.
The Galaxy S9 ups the ante on last year’sby bringing an upgraded camera with tricks like , and . It also packs a and a similar all-screen design as the Galaxy S8. Although we’ve discovered a few weak spots in some apps, the Galaxy S9 is set to be one of the best phones of the year.
Scroll down for the carrier deals, but keep in mind that they all work about the same way. You’ll get your discount through a billing credit, which kicks in after one or two bills. All carriers require you to be a well-qualified buyer (that means you pass their credit check), and you’ll have to pay the remainder of what you owe if you back out of the agreement or leave the carrier.
Verizon’s Galaxy S9 deal: A BOGO, and some iPhone love
The deal: Verizon starts us off with a BOGO (buy one, get one) deal.
Anyone who buys a Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus through a device payment plan will get a $800 credit toward their next Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus. That means you essentially get the second Galaxy S9 for free, or a Galaxy S9 Plus for $130, which is $800 off Verizon’s retail price.
The fine print: No plan or phone trade-in is required, but at least one of the Galaxy S9 phones must be activated on a new line of service. Also, the discount is applied monthly over 24 months, and starts one or two billing cycles after the purchase date.
iPhone bonus deal: If the Galaxy S9 isn’t your cup of tea, or if another family member plays on Team Apple, Verizon is also offering 50 percent off the, and with a phone trade-in. This deal also starts on March 16 and requires you to purchase the device on a payment plan, use a Verizon Unlimited data plan and trade in an eligible phone.
More fine print: Not all phones get you that full 50 percent discount. For example, you can get 50 percent off an iPhone 8 by trading in an, a or an , but only 35 percent off if you trade in a or .
The list also gets more selective as the iPhones get more expensive. So you’ll have to trade in something like anto get 50 percent off an iPhone 8 Plus, or trade in a to get half off an iPhone X. Still if you’re in the market for a new iPhone, it’s worth checking to see how much your current phone can get you.
AT&T’s Galaxy S9 deal: 50 percent off, plus S9 Plus and Note 8 deals
The deal: You can get 50 percent off the Galaxy S9 when you buy it through one of two AT&T Next plans, which works out either 24 or 30 payments depending on which plan you choose. You can also get bill credits for the Galaxy S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 8, for up to $395. These are pricier phones, so the deal works out to less than half off. Your monthly bill will range from $26.34 to $39.59, depending on the phone and plan you pick.
The fine print: The offer ends March 31, 2018. You must add a new eligible line of service. The credit kicks in after three payments. You’ll have to pay a $45 activation fee and a restocking fee if you return the phone. AT&T does not make things simple; you’ll want to read all the details here.
Sprint’s Galaxy S9 deal: A BOGO and a star
The deal: For a limited time (we aren’t sure how long), lease a Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus and get a second Galaxy S9. You pay $33 per month for the Galaxy S9 and $38 per month for the Galaxy S9 Plus. Sprint also offers a Galaxy Forever plan that lets you upgrade to the newest Galaxy S phone each year.
The fine print: Your savings are actually applied as a credit, so you wind up paying for the second phone each month, before zeroing out. Sprint will apply credit within two billing cycles. You must have an 18 month lease with either two new lines of service or one new line of service and one upgrade.
The Galaxy Forever plan upgrades you as long as you’ve made 12 lease payments.
Sprint lets you name a star: If you act very, very fast, Sprint has a limited number of stars that buyers can redeem and name from the International Star Registry, which together form the Sprint Constellation. As of writing, Sprint said there were a few stars still available.
See Sprint’s Galaxy S9 deal online.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy S9 deal: 50 percent off the S9 Plus
The deal: Two years (24 months) of bill credits will get you 50 percent off the Galaxy S9 by the time you’re done paying for your phone ($0, $30 per month, $720 full retail price) and up to $360 off the S9 Plus ($120 down, $30 per month, $840 full retail price).
The fine print: That’s $360 in total credits by the time you’ve finished paying off the phone. You’ll need to trade in an eligible phone (there’s a long list). You pay taxes on the full price of the phone. he credits kick in after two billing cycles.
See T-Mobile’s deal online.
This story first published March 15 at 3:38 p.m. PT.
Update March 16 at 11:35 a.m. PT: Adds AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile deals.