Galaxy S6 US Pricing & Availability Roundup

Galaxy S6 US Pricing & Availability Roundup

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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 Mathew Brack‘s companion roundup on 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 body styles 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.

Verizon

Pre-order: April 1, 2015.

Availability: April 10, 2015.

Price: $0 down.

Galaxy S6

 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB
Full retail$600$700$800
Edge (24 months)$24.99$29.16$33.33
Contract (24 months)$200 (after $50 mail-in rebate)$300 (after $50 mail-in rebate)$400 (after $50 mail-in rebate)

Galaxy S6 Edge

 32 GB64 GB128 GB 
Full retail$700$800$900
Edge (24 months)$29.16$33.33$37.49
Contract (24 months)$300 (after $50 mail-in rebate)$400 (after $50 mail-in rebate)$500 (after $50 mail-in rebate)

 

AT&T

Pre-order: March 27, 2015.

Price: $0 down.

Galaxy S6

32 GB64 GB128 GB
Full retail$685$785$885
Next 24 (30 months)$22.84$26.17$29.50
Next 18 (24 months)$28.55$32.71$36.88
Next 12 (20 months)$34.25$39.25$44.25
Contract (24 months)$200$300$400

Galaxy S6 Edge

32 GB64 GB128 GB
Full retail$815$915$1,015
Next 24 (30 months)$27.17$30.50$33.84
Next 18 (24 months)$33.96$38.13$42.30
Next 12 (20 months)$40.75$45.75$50.75
Contract (24 months)$300$400$500

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.

AT&T Next is an early upgrade and trade-in plan, and allows the purchase of new handsets after a specified number of months – Next 24, for example, is a two-year upgrade cycle. However, keep in mind that phone installments are spread out across a much longer duration (30, 24, and 20 months), so lower monthly rates actually correspond to higher costs if you don’t end up trading in.

 

T-Mobile

Galaxy S6 NetflixPre-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 (32 GB), $99.99 (64 GB), or $199.99 (128 GB) down, unless buying in full.

Galaxy S6

 32 GB64 GB 128 GB
Full retail$679.92$759.99$859.99
Simple Choice (24 months)$28.33$27.50$27.50

Galaxy S6 Edge

 32 GB64 GB 128 GB
Full retail$779.76$859.83$959.83
Simple Choice (24 months)$32.49$31.66$31.66

Activation Fee: None, with a Simple Choice plan.

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.

 

Sprint

Sprint Galaxy S6 PromoPre-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.

 

Summary

Samsung PromosIn 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.