Samsung Galaxy S9 Plan Comparison

Most consumers that purchase a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ phone need an accompanying plan from a telco. PriceMe Consumer has compared the plans from the three major telcos in New Zealand: Spark, Vodafone and 2 Degrees.

It’s a little bit tricky to compare plans side-by-side since certain parameters like monthly data allowance and minutes calling vary. The Samsung Galaxy S9 phone used in the comparison has 64 GB of storage.

S9 Open Plan

The open plan implies that one purchases the phone and pays over a 24 months period, but that the plan duration is flexible.

Spark Vodafone 2 Degrees
 Price Samsung Galaxy S9(24 months) $1,198 $1,399 $1,370
Monthly plan cost $59.99 $39.99 $40
24 months total cost $2,637 $2,359 $2,330
Data 4 GB (rollover) 2.5 GB 3 GB
Storage 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Texts Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ)
Talk Unlimited (NZ  (NZ OZ) 400 min (NZ OZ)
Plan Open plan Advantage Lite $40 Carryover

Table 1. Comparison of open mobile plans for Samsung Galaxy S9 with 64GB storage.

S9 24 Months Plan

Many consumers opt for a time-limited plan and the most popular plan is the 24 months plan. Table 2 compares the plans side-by-side.

Spark Vodafone 2 Degrees
 Price Samsung Galaxy S9(24 months) $1,198 $1,399 $1,370
Monthly plan cost $99.99 $39.99 $40
24 months total cost $2,637 $2,359 $2,330
Data 7.5 GB (rollover) 22 GB 3 GB
Storage 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Texts Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ)
Talk Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited min (NZ OZ) 400 min (NZ OZ)
Plan Open plan Red+ Essentials $40 Carryover

Table 2. 24 months plan for Samsung Galaxy S9.

S9+ Open Plan

The open plans for Samsung Galaxy S9+ are shown in Table 3 below.

Spark Vodafone 2 Degrees
 Price Samsung Galaxy S9+(24 months) $1,398 $1,449.84 $1,570
Monthly plan cost $59.99 $39.99 $40
24 months total cost $2,837 $2,459 $2,559
Data 4 GB (rollover) 2.5 GB 3 GB
Storage 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Texts Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ) Unlimited (NZ OZ)
Talk Unlimited (NZ OZ) 300 min (NZ OZ) 400 min (NZ OZ)
Plan Open plan Advantage Lite $40 Carryover

Table 3. Open plans for Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with 64 GB of storage.

Conclusions

There are differences between the various mobile plans worth noting. Here are our recommendations based on the total two-year cost and usage allowance (data and minutes):

  • The best deal for an open plan is 2Degrees for the S9 phone assuming that one calls less than 400 minutes per month.
  • Vodafone offers the best 24 months plan in our opinion due to low total cost and 22 GB of monthly data.
  • We would also pick Vodafone for the S9+ open plan, especially if one calls less than 300 minutes per month.

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