The best Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, S20+ and S20 plans
Samsung has officially released its 2020 flagship smartphone range: the Samsung Galaxy S20. This isn’t just a copy-paste job with a few slight improvements like Samsung’s last few smartphones, the S20 range is boasting a robust camera lens array that packs in a 12MP ultra-wide camera, two depth sensors, a 48MP telephoto lens, and a benchmark 180MP camera and 100x zoom with the top-tier S20 Ultra model.
For the first time in what feels like forever, Samsung stans have something to be excited about.
As is the case with shiny, new premium smartphones, they don’t come cheap and many punters are looking to lock down the new Samsung Galaxy on an interest-free contract plan rather than forking out the full outright cost. If you’re looking for a snazzy new phone case to go along with your S20, here are 10 of the best Galaxy S20 cases available in Australia with free delivery.
Now that the pre-order rush is over, and the early bird Galaxy Bud+ bundles have expired, we’ve re-evaluated our picks for the best Galaxy S20 phone plans in Australia.
Galaxy S20: Need to know
Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Plan
Woolworths 40GB Mobile Plan
Post-launch Samsung Galaxy S20 phone plans have increased in price across the board but Woolworths Mobile has extended its $250 discount deal to 20 March 2020. In the spirit of keeping your monthly bill below $100 per month, we’ve replaced our 60GB Woolworths Mobile top pick with the provider’s 40GB plan. You still get the $250 discount off the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB, unlimited standard national calls and text, 12 months of Family Zone and 10% grocery discount but you’ve got a little less data per month to play with.
The 60GB plan is still one of your best options if you want the premium S20 Ultra but the recent price changes have pushed it slightly above $100 per month.
On that plan, Woolies’ gives you 60GB of data, unlimited standard national calls and text, a free 12-month subscription to Family Zone and data-banking up to 100GB. So if you don’t use up your 60GB within the month, your remaining data goes into a pool that you can use on a rainy day.
For comparison, here’s what other providers will sting you for the S20 Ultra 5G 128GB plan. We’ve removed the plans with 10GB or less from this table.
Granted, those are 36-month plans, which is one way to keep your monthly cost down but it might not gel with people who’d prefer a shorter-term contract.
If you’d prefer to stick to 24 months, you can choose to pay a little extra per month and pay off your phone quicker. The same 40GB plan above will cost you over $115 per month over 24 months, but you reduce that monthly price if you decide to drop down on your included data.
Here’s a small selection of Samsung Galaxy Ultra 5G Plans on a 24-month contract.
Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Plan
Optus $49 Choice Plan
For the entry-level Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB, it’s Optus that takes the top spot. Optus has been offering some stellar deals on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro over the last few months and its data-heavy plan is the perfect fit for folks looking to nab the Galaxy S20 5G for under $100 per month.
First up, there’s the $40 Choice Plan, which gets you 60GB per month, unlimited standard national calls and text, unlimited calls to 35 countries, and the option to double your data for an extra $10 per month.
Next is our pre-order top pick from Optus, the $59 Choice Plan. It’s still solid choice for the data-hungry.
For $95.06 per month over 36 months, Optus gives you 200GB of data to play around with every month, unlimited standard national calls and text, unlimited international calls (to 35 countries), as well as 2GB of roaming data to use on your travels, a free Optus Sport subscription for football fans and 12-months of Apple Music free. What a mouthful.
It’s important to note that the 200GB is only for the first 12 months of the plan. After that, you will have to pay an additional $10 per month to access your double data on 5G. That said, 100GB per month for under $100 is still a tidy deal.
Here’s a small selection of Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB plans to give you an idea of what everyone else is offering.
Once again, those are all 36-month plans. If you’re looking to pay off your Galaxy S20 faster, here’s what you can get on a 24-month arrangement.
Best Galaxy S20 4G Plan
Woolworths Mobile $30 Mobile Plan
If you’re opting for the 4G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB, our guess is that you’re looking to minimise your monthly bill. For Samsung fans, no provider currently does that better than Woolworths Mobile.
For just over $60 per month, you can nab the Samsung Galaxy S20 4G 128GB, 20GB of monthly data, unlimited standard national calls and text, plus all the perks listed above (a $250 handset discount and 10% off your grocery shop).
Here’s a small selection of popular S20 4G 128GB plans so you can stack em up side-by-side.
Best Samsung Galaxy S20+ Plan
Optus $49 Choice Plan
Lastly, if you want everything the Samsung Galaxy S20 offers but bigger, you might want to check out the Galaxy S20+ 5G. The Galaxy S20+ has a 6.7-inch display (compared to the S20’s 6.2-inch display) which isn’t quite as large as the Ultra’s 6.9-inch screen but still enough real estate for most and a little cheaper to boot.
Once again, Optus takes first place when it comes to Samsung Galaxy S20+ plans. If you’re opting for the S20+ over the Ultra, we’re guessing you want to keep your monthly spend under control. The Optus $49 Choice plan will nab you the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G 128GB model for $89.24 per month over 36 months. It’ll get you a healthy 60GB of data to use, unlimited standard national and international (to 35 countries) calls and text, and all the bonuses listed above on the $59 Choice plan, barring only the 2GB of roaming data.
There are more expensive options for people who are a little more data-hungry (or need features like included international roaming) but the Optus $49 Choice plan has enough to get most people by.
Your next best option is the Telstra-powered Woolworths Mobile $40 Mobile Plan. You don’t get as much monthly data but you do save your self a decent wad of cash on your bill.
Here’s that plan from Woolies Mobile.
If you’re interested in what other providers are offering on the Galaxy S20+, we’ve rounded up a few similar 36-month plans below.
If 24 months is more your pace, you can fork out a little extra to have your contract done and dusted within two years. Here’s a small segment of S20+ plans on 24-month contracts.
Best Samsung Galaxy S20+ 4G Plan
Woolworths Mobile $30 Mobile Plan
Using the same logic above (opting for 4G to save money), our pick for the best Galaxy S20+ 4G 128GB is the same as its smaller counterpart: Woolworths Mobile’s $30 Mobile Plan.
Again, that gets you 20GB of data per month, unlimited standard national calls and text, all all the trimmings.
And here’s a small selection of popular S20+ 4G 128GB plans for comparison.
What’s new with the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra?
Over the last few years, Samsung’s premium Galaxy iterations have stagnated a little. Sure they’ve maintained their status and top-notch performance but it’s safe to say its last few handsets have been nowhere near as interesting as the Google Pixel or Apple iPhone.
This year, Samsung has actually released something cool. Impressive even?
The entire S20 range offers a completely redesigned camera array. The S20 and S20+ share 64MP telephoto lens, 30x Space Zoom, an ultra-wide 12MP lens, a standard 12MP wide-angle and a 12MP Dual-Pixel front-facing camera. But the S20 Ultra really kicks it up a notch with a 108MP wide-angle lens, DepthVision (a fancy name for a depth sensor), and a 40MP front-facing camera.
Most impressive is the Ultra’s 100x Space Zoom. Samsung is targeting serious stargazers with this lens. The Ultra uses a combination of a 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom and an AI-powered Super Resolution Zoom to achieve its total 100x zoom.
Here’s how each model’s specs stack up.
Galaxy S20 Specs: S20 vs S20+ vs Ultra
|Specs||Galaxy S20||Galaxy 20+||Galaxy S20 Ultra|
|Camera (High resolution)||64MP||64MP||108MP|
|Front Camera||10MP Dual Pixel||10MP Dual Pixel||40MP PDAF|
|Hybrid Optic Zoom||3x||3x||10x|
|Internal memory||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB|
|Expandable memory (MicroSD)||1TB||1TB||1TB|
|Colours||Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink||Cosmic Black, Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue||Cosmic Black, Cosmic Gray|
How much does the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ and Ultra cost in Australia?
The Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB 5G model will cost you $1,499 in Australia. There’s also a 4G model of the Galaxy S20 128GB, which is a little cheaper at $1,349.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 128GB 5G model costs $1,649 in Australia. If you need a little extra storage, there’s a 512GB version available for $1,899 or a budget 4G model for $1,499.
At the top end of the range, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB model will cost you $1,999 in Australia. There is no cheaper 4G model of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
These prices are taken from the official Samsung store but there’s little variance between third-party pricing from vendors like JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman. In fact, at the time of writing, JB HI-FI is selling the Galaxy S20 range at the same price Samsung has listed.
Speaking of JB HI-FI, it’s the only Australian retailer listing the 512GB variant of the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. The premium Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 512GB handset will cost $2,249 through JB Hi-FI.