The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available for sale across the big four US carriers on April 10th, but most pre-orders start tomorrow, March 27th. Which network is the right choice for your new phone? That’s a question whose answer received a new wrinkle today as announcements about pricing and bundled perks landed from all angles. Here’s the rundown of Samsung offerings as we know them, but it’s worth mentioning that HTC’s newsroom was just as busy rattling off the same pre-order and availability dates for its flagship One M9. If you’re on the fence between the two devices and the deciding factor is price, don’t miss the forthcoming companion roundup for HTC availibility.
First off, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint will have working handsets in stores tomorrow, so make your way down to the show room floors for a hands-on with these newly glass covered marvels of engineering. Both models will be available in 32, 64, and 128 GB versions, and come in your choice of black, white, or gold – sadly, the navy blue and emerald green options are not yet destined for the American market.
Pre-order: April 1, 2015.
Availability: April 10, 2015.
Other than a few tweets and teases, Verizon has been silent on the specifics of its Galaxy S6 plan pricing. Watch this space for details as they become available.
Pre-order: March 27, 2015.
Price: $0 down.
Galaxy S6 (32 GB): $22.84/month for 30 months ($685.20 total) on AT&T Next 24.
Galaxy S6 Edge (32 GB): $27.17/month for 30 months ($815.10 total) on AT&T Next 24.
64 GB and 128 GB versions will scale accordingly
Activation Fee: $40/line
Perks: Save $50 on a Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth Stereo Headset with the purchase of any Galaxy S smartphone on AT&T Next.
Next 24 is AT&T’s early upgrade trade-in plan (if you can call two years “early”), and allows for new phone purchases after 24 months. However, keep in mind that phone installments are spread out across 30 months instead of 24, so lower monthly rates actually correspond to higher costs if you don’t end up trading in.
Pre-order: March 27, 2015. According to the press release, “T-Mobile will begin shipping the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to pre-sale customers before the devices go on sale in stores Friday, April 10.” What this means for pre-order arrival date is unclear, but the implication is that T-Mobile customers will be among the first to unbox their new devices.
Availability: April 10, 2015
Price: $0 down
Galaxy S6 (32 GB): $28.33/month for 24 months ($679.92 total)
Perks: One year of free Netflix to the first 92,000 pre-orders placed by April 12th. If you’re switching from another carrier, T-Mobile will pay off your remaining phone payments (up to $650 with trade-in) and termination fees (re: Uncarrier 10 Event for more details).
The full announcement and order links can be found here.
Pre-order: March 27, 2015.
Price: $0 down
Galaxy S6 (32 GB): $20/month for 24 months ($480 total) on Sprint Galaxy Family Share.
Galaxy S6 Edge (32 GB): $25/month for 24 months ($600 total) on Sprint Galaxy Family Share.
64 GB and 128 GB versions will scale accordingly.
Offer ends May 14, 2015
Activation fee: $36/line
If this price strikes you as low, you’re not alone. Details come courtesy of what looks like a poorly scanned and poorly edited fax posted to Sprint’s official newsroom. The title reads like click-bait, but the “deal” itself is bundled into the $200/month unlimited family plan – all the calls and texts you can handle, with 20 GB of data to share. At roughly $70/month per person for a 4 line family, this could be a good deal depending on the size of your family. The fine print is too pixelated to make out, so watch out for hidden conditions.
In addition to the individual promos from each carrier, Samsung has a dedicated portal for offers available to every Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge owner. The page is empty at the moment, but check back for a revised perk list as the launch date grows nearer.
All else being equal, this collection of offers shows Sprint to be the best option for low monthly payments, T-Mobile to have you covered on Netflix and early unboxing, AT&T to cost you more in the long run (but offer a discount on earbuds), and Verizon to open pre-orders 5 days late. However, anyone who has waded into the quagmire of contracts, costs, and coverage that is the US telecom market can attest that these numbers are far from the complete picture. Always make sure to read the fine print (not all of which is available at the time of this writing), and pick the best option for your own unique circumstance.
Will you be pre-ordering a new Samsung flagship tomorrow? Which carrier has your vote? Let us know in the comments below, and check back for more launch details as they become available.