Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ carrier availability and promotions
It’s official Samsung’s latest and greatest the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been announced. Now it’s time to check their availability and what kind of promotions are being offered. If you’re wondering why you might want it then here is a short summary.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch curved screen with rounded corners. While it’s larger brother the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. With their small bezels and curved edges Samsung calls these new displays Infinity screens. They are both powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and include a 12MP rear camera and 8MP front facing camera. The S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery and the larger S8+ has a 3,500 mAh battery, and both feature wireless fast charging.
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All carriers will have the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ online and in store starting April 21st if you’d rather wait to see it in person. If you’re already itching to get starting tomorrow you can pre-order from most carriers.
Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ begin March 30th from AT&T. Who is offering a buy one get one deal, a Galaxy VR, and deals on the Gear S3, and Samsung Tab E and/or a Samsung Gear S2. Customers who preorder via AT&T Next will get a $750 credit towards another Galaxy S8 or S8+ and a Gear VR with Oculus content bundle. You can also add on a Samsung Gear S3 for $49 and a Samsung Tab E for 99 cents and/or a Samsung Gear S2 with a 2-year agreement.
If you sign up for the AT&T Unlimited Plus you will get a $25 monthly video credit for DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, or U-verse TV. New AT&T Next customers switching from another carrier will get a $650 credit when buying a new phone and trading in their old device with eligible service.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be among some of the first devices to have access to AT&T’s new 5G network when it launches in the coming months in Austin and Indianapolis. The theoretical peak speeds of this network will be 400mbps or more, with a peak of 1 gigabit per second in select markets later in the year.
Sprint has the Galaxy S8 and S8+ available for pre-order starting March 30th as well. It will be available in these colors Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, and Orchid Gray. The Sprint promotion offers the same Gear VR bundle with controller and Oculus bundled content, as well as a premium bundle including headphones and a 256GB memory card for $99.
If you’re looking to upgrade next year, Sprint will allow you to lease the Galaxy S8 for $31.25 per month or Galaxy S8+ $35.42 per month for 18 months. During this time Sprint will allow you to upgrade after leasing for 12 months.
Both phones are HPUE-enabled (High-Performance User Equipment) meaning you get increased network coverage, more capacity, and faster speeds.
T-Mobile is jumping the gun on everyone else offering the Galaxy S8 and S8+ starting at 9:01 p.m. PT March 29th. They can be ordered on the Un-carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan for $30/month with the S8 for $30 down, FRP: $750 and S8+ $130 down, FRP: $850. The T-Mobile promotion only offers the Gear VR bundle with Oculus content for free.
For a limited time, you can take advantage of T-Mobile’s two lines for $100 on T-Mobile One. Where all fees and taxes are included, everything is unlimited, and you’re paying $50 per line.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be the first phones to combine 4×4 MIMO, carrier aggregation and 256 QAM on the T-Mobile network. It will also give access to the AWS-3 spectrum and LTE-U. Put simply this is going to give you more capacity, more speed, and give you access to T-Mobile’s forthcoming gigabit LTE as it expands across the country.
Not to be left out Verizon also has the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ for pre-order starting March 30th. It will be available in three colors Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver. Verizon also has the Gear VR with Oculus bundle promotion for free or the $99 premium bundle with Harman Kardon headphones and a Samsung 256 GB micro SD card.
You can snag it for as little as $15 per month for 24 months when you sign up for Verizon Unlimited and trade in an eligible device. Without a trade in you’ll be paying $30 per month ($720 retail price) for the S8 and $35 per month ($840 retail price) for the S8+ for 24 months. Verizon Unlimited can be had for $80 for a single line or $45 per line for four lines, per month, plus taxes & fees, when you enroll in Auto Pay.