The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ were both announced Thursday, at 11AM in New York City’s Lincoln Center, and both devices have been declared by Samsung to be ready for pre-order in the US as of 3PM Thursday – with the Korean manufacturer claiming that both devices will go on sale worldwide on Friday, August 21st. As usual, we know that you’re dying to find out about the details of the devices, carrier availability and pricing, and carrier promotions. So, on we go.
First, let’s start with AT&T pricing and promotion.
AT&T Pricing and Promotion
AT&T launched its Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 pre-orders on August 13th, the same day that Samsung made its announcement, at 3PM. The second largest US carrier has done away with traditional two-year agreements, having launched its NEXT plan right after T-Mobile launched its JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone) plan that mandates device repayment over 24 months with no subsidies and no money down.
For the Galaxy Note 5, AT&T buyers will pay varying amounts depending on whether or not they select the 32GB or 64GB Galaxy Note 5. For the 32GB model, Next customers will pay $0 but $24.67 per month for over 30 months with Next 24 (two years of payments), $30.84 a month (24 months) with Next 18, $37 a month (20 months) with Next 12. Buyers of the 64GB Galaxy Note 5 will pay $28 a month (Next 24), $35 a month (Next 18), and $42 a month (Next 12). You can select between White Pearl and Black Sapphire colors.
Galaxy S6 edge+ buyers will pay with AT&T’s Next plan based on either the 32GB or 64GB model. For the 32GB Galaxy S6 edge+, buyers will pay $0 down, $27.27 for 30 months with Next 24, $33.96 for 24 months with Next 18, and $40.75 for 20 months with Next 12. 64GB Galaxy S6 edge+ buyers with AT&T will pay $0 down and $30.50 for 30 months with Next 24, $38.13 for 24 months with Next 18, and $45.75 for 20 months with Next 12. The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum colors.
AT&T has a promotion similar to other carriers, but we’ll mention it here for your reference. For AT&T customers who purchase either a Galaxy Note 5 or S6 edge+ on a Next plan, they will receive a $200 bill credit or promotion card when they trade in an “eligible” handset (likely a handset that’s two years or younger). Customers who come to AT&T from another carrier will get a $100 bill credit, and an additional $200 credit for turning in an eligible smartphone.
Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 are expected to ship on August 21st for those who pre-order their Samsung handsets. One lucky AT&T customer who pre-ordered with his Black Sapphire Galaxy Note 5 has already received his shipping confirmation, so AT&T customers won’t have to wait too long for their handset(s) to get out to them.
For more information, you can visit AT&T’s official release here: http://about.att.com/story/order_samsung_devices_and_get_credit.html
Verizon is the largest US carrier, and, as such, has its own pricing and promotional for Samsung’s latest devices.
The Galaxy Note 5 will come in both 32GB and 64GB models, with the 32GB model costing $32 a month for 24 months (full retail price: $768) and the 64GB model costing $36 a month for 24 months (full retail price: $864). The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon’s network will mandate $29 a month for 24 months (full retail price: $696) for the 32GB model and $33 a month for 24 months (full retail price: $792).
As with AT&T, Verizon will give you $200 minimum when you trade in your working condition smartphone. Of course, the trade-in value may increase based on the storage model of your current smartphone (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB) or feature phone. New Verizon customers will receive a $100 bill credit for switching to Verizon from their current carrier. Keep in mind, though, that the $100 switch credit won’t be complete until 2 or 3 billing cycles have transpired.
For more details on Verizon’s Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ pricing and promotion, go here: http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2015/08/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-plus-and-note5-with-verizon-4-lte-available-for-preorder-today-at-3-pm-et.html
The now fourth-ranked US carrier Sprint will mandate the following for the Galaxy Note 5: $249 with a 2-year agreement for the 32GB model, $349 with a two-year agreement for the 64GB model. Those who don’t want a contract can expect to pay either $720 for the 32GB or $816 for the 64GB model. Sprint Easy Pay options will mandate $0 down, $30 a month (32GB models) and $34 a month (64GB). Leasing options consist of $25 a month for the 32GB model and $30 a month for the 64B model.
For the Galaxy S6 edge+, Sprint customers can expect to pay $30 a month for 24 months, with prices that are similar to or better than the ones above.
The same $200 credit for a working smartphone trade-in applies, but Sprint has decided to add an early upgrade at the end of 12 months and a free, 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 when signing a two-year agreement. It turns out that a traditional contract may have some benefit, after all. You’ll get not only the Tab 4 with the purchase of either new phone, but also a free upgrade after 12 months (at no additional cost).
The nation’s UNcarrier is offering the 32GB Galaxy S6 edge+ for $0 down and $28.50 a month for 18 months. The 32GB Galaxy Note 5 will cost $0 up front and $25 a month. For Simple Choice customers, the Galaxy S6 edge+ will cost $32.50 a month for 24 months; the Simple Choice plan for the Galaxy Note 5 will mandate $29.17 a month for 24 months.
For those who are concerned about whether or not the 3,000mAh battery will hold up against the Quad HD screen resolution (2,560 x 1,440), T-Mobile will start to supply fast charging portable battery packs (5,200mAh in size) on August 21st, the first day of the phones’ store release.
Between now and September 30th, you can purchase a Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 and get an entire 12 months of free Netflix. That’s one year of your favorite TV and movie streaming service for free!
To find out more, visit T-Mobile’s official deal page: http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news/samsung-announcement.htm
As you can see, the four major US carriers have their own deals with regard to Samsung’s latest and greatest devices, and pricing varies depending on the storage model (whether 32GB or 64GB) as well as the full retail prices of the devices themselves. We’ve provided links above to aid customers who have more information.
Have you pre-ordered your Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+? If so, which device did you pick, what color(s), and why?