The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 plans and prices in Australia compared

If the Samsung Galaxy S8 feels a little too small, and even the S8 Plus won't cut it for you, perhaps this dazzling mammoth of a device can satiate your desire for a handheld monolith. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now available.

The Note 8 is the successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which launched in 2016 and was recalled (for the first time) within only a month due to its battery catching fire. Many of the Note 7's desirable traits have carried over to this release — the phablet form factor with a larger screen (6.3-inch), some beefier internal specs, the inclusion of an S-Pen stylus — but here's hoping Samsung have left the battery issues behind. You can check out our Note 8 review here.

If this sounds like your dream handset, then you've come to the right page. Here, we've collected all the best plans and deals on the Note 8 from all the major carriers. Whether you're after big data or budget options, or the best overall value, we've hunted them all down.

See also: Galaxy S8 Plus deals | iPhone 8 Plus deals 

Galaxy Note 8 price: how much does the phone cost?

Um, quite a bit actually. The RRP in Australia is an extravagant $1,499, which sees us cop a fairly hefty 'Australia tech tax' considering the US price is US$930 (which should be around AU$1,175).

So it looks like the previous issues with the Note 7 haven't managed to keep the prices down for this latest Samsung phablet. You'll be paying a premium price, although you will be receiving an incredibly premium product, so if you're big into your cutting-edge tech or use your handset like a portable office, gaming rig, or media centre, then the Note 8 will be worth the dosh.

The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 plans (November 2017) 

Best overall value — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and text | 750 minutes international calls and texts | $110pm
Considering how much included value you get with this plan from Optus, it's incredible that the price isn't higher. For only $110 a month, 30GB of data is huge, as is the included 750 minutes of international calls and texts, unlimited international roaming calls, and the 1GB of roaming data per month. Total cost over 24 months is $2,640

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Best budget option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | Bonus one-off 10GB | $80 pm
Virgin Mobile is always competitive when it comes to the lower-priced plans, and the Note 8 is no exception. For only $80 a month, you can grab 2GB of data, $50 of international calls and texts, and a one-off bonus of 10GB that will roll over if you don't get to use it all within the month. Total cost over 24 months is $1,920

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Best big data option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Unlimited talk and text | 100GB data | $127pm
The top-tier Optus plan has some serious oomph behind it. It's by far the most data-per-dollar you'll get with a plan, you get unlimited national calls and texts, unlimited minutes for international calls, unlimited roaming calls and texts, and a massive 1.5GB to use every month when roaming abroad. Beyond this, you'll get all the Optus inclusions like Optus Sport and a variety of entertainment options. Total cost over 24 months is $3,048

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Now let's break down the best Galaxy Note 8 deals for each network in November 2017

Best Galaxy Note 8 plans on Telstra (November 2017) 

Best value overall AND best big data option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 60GB data | Unlimited local and international callas and texts | $129 pm

It's not often we get overlapping plans, but if you're after the Note 8 on the Telstra network, then the best value plan on offer just happens to be the best value big data plan too. For a limited time (until October 27) you can score a stellar 60GB of data for only $129 a month. On top of this, you'll get a 12-month subscription to three Foxtel Now starter packs, unlimited public Wi-Fi via Telstra Air, and unlimited calls and texts to 15 eligible countries. Total cost over 24 months is $3,096

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Best budget option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $109 pm

If you're looking to get on Telstra, the telco's strengths lie in its higher-tier plans (check above or below for the best plan Telstra has on offer)... BUT if you're hellbent on this provider but want to know how much it'll cost to get a Note 8 with them, $109 a month will get you 2GB of data and unlimited calls and texts, although not many of the other included extras that Telstra is known for. Total cost over 24 months is $2,616

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Best value overall AND best big data option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 60GB data | Unlimited local and international callas and texts | $129 pm

It's not often we get overlapping plans, but if you're after the Note 8 on the Telstra network, then the best value plan on offer just happens to be the best value big data plan too. For a limited time (until October 27) you can score a stellar 60GB of data for only $129 a month. On top of this, you'll get a 12-month subscription to three Foxtel Now starter packs, unlimited public Wi-Fi via Telstra Air, and unlimited calls and texts to 15 eligible countries. Total cost over 24 months is $3,096

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Best Galaxy Note 8 plans on Optus (November 2017) 

Best overall value — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and text | 750 minutes international calls and texts | $110pm Considering how much included value you get with this plan from Optus, it's incredible that the price isn't higher. For only $110 a month, 30GB of data is huge, as is the included 750 minutes of international calls and texts, unlimited international roaming calls, and the 1GB of roaming data per month. Total cost over 24 months is $2,640

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Best budget option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 1GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $90 pm

Virgin Mobile is offering a superior budget plan, but if you want to go with the Optus network, $90 a month will get you on board. 1GB of data isn't all that much, but considering your music streaming with Spotify, Google Play Music or iHeartRadio doesn't count towards your cap, you should be able to stretch it out. Total cost over 24 months is $2,160

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Best big data option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | Unlimited talk and text | 100GB data | $127pm The top-tier Optus plan has some serious oomph behind it. It's by far the most data-per-dollar you'll get with a plan, you get unlimited national calls and texts, unlimited minutes for international calls, unlimited roaming calls and texts, and a massive 1.5GB to use every month when roaming abroad. Beyond this, you'll get all the Optus inclusions like Optus Sport and a variety of entertainment options. Total cost over 24 months is $3,048

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Best Galaxy Note 8 plans on Vodafone (November 2017) 

Best overall value — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 16GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $112.45

The best way to get a Note 8 on Vodafone at the moment is with the $50 Red Data plan which nets you 16GB of data and unlimited calls and texts for only $112.45 a month. Vodafone isn't as competitive as the other major providers when it comes to included extras, but you can leave the contract on any given month and just pay out the value of the handset. Total cost over 24 months is $2,698.80

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Best budget option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $92.45 pm

If you're after the best budget plans, you should check out Virgin Mobile, but if you're dead keen on the Vodafone network then $92.45 is the least you'll be paying. 2GB of data and unlimited calls and texts isn't bad, but you won't be seeing any included extras. Total cost over 24 months is $2,218.8

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Best big data option — Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | 42GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $142.45 pm

There is a bigger data option available on Vodafone's network, but it isn't worth the extra dosh. For only $142.45 a month, you'll grab 42GB of data and unlimited calls and texts. This pales in comparison to the big data deals from Optus, Telstra AND Virgin, but it's here if you want it. Total cost over 24 months is $3,418.80

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