Good news phablet fans! While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a fantastic phone (outside of its tendency to burst into flames), its premature death left many anxious for the next big reason to upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
If that's you, you're in luck – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has finally been announced by Samsung, and as expected the prices are as big as its 6.2-inch screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will have price of $1,349 if you want to buy it outright.
That said, the price seems somewhat justified for what could be a stunning phone – with an amazing new 'infinity' display and the inclusion of Samsung's Bixby smart assistant, it looks like a genuine step forward from last year's Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
If you want to read more about the new handset itself, you can check out our hands-on review of the phone right here. In this story, we’re going to look at your best options for buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in Australia either outright or on a contract.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are officially open – below you'll see the best S8 Plus deals so far – you'll also find that we've included a table that'll automatically update with the cheapest deals as they feed through to us from the various sites and networks, but we've also included an overview of each carrier's current plan offerings.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will officially be released in Australia on Friday, April 28 and comes in three colours: Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Grey.
Telstra's plans tend to be more expensive than the competition, often offering less data per month, and its S8 Plus plans are certainly pricier than its S8 plans. That said, it's hard to argue with the quality of the Telstra's service and the extensive coverage it provides in both rural and metro areas.
The entry level S plan at Telstra will net you a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus for $97 per month (on the $55 S plan with $25 handset repayments) with a measly 1GB of monthly data on a 24-month contract. That's a total price of $2,328 over two years.
For $18 more per month on the $115 L plan, you can get a handset with 12GB of monthly data. Total cost is $2,760 over two years.
If you've got money to burn and want the most mobile data that Telstra will offer, the XXL plan will get you 35GB for $195 per month, for a total cost of $4,680 over 24 months.
Thankfully, the jumps in price between Optus' Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus plans and its regular S8 plans aren't as big as they are at Telstra. .
Optus' entry-level plan is $87 per month (the $40 My Plan Plus with $47 handset repayment) with 1GB of data on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $2,008.
For $105 per month over 24 months, you can get a handset with 8GB of total monthly data. Total cost is $2,520.
At the high end of Optus' plans, you can get an absolutely staggering 100GB of monthly data for $160 per month over 24 months, which is the same deal that Optus is offering for the S8. Total price is $3,840.
Virgin Mobile deals
Offering some of the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus plans around, Virgin Mobile's entry-level plan will bag you a handset and 500MB for $75 a month on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $1,800 over two years.
For $82 a month, you can get your hands on Samsung's latest flagship with 4GB of monthly data on a 24-month contract. Total cost is $1,968 over two years.
If you really want value for money though, Virgin Mobile's top tier plan might be for you. It offers a massive 20GB of monthly data for $110 per month over 24-months. Total cost is $2,640.
Vodafone has now announced its plans for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, and while they're competitively priced, there are cheaper options available that offer more data. Still, if you're interested in Qantas Frequent Flyer points and international minutes, Vodafone is a good option.
Its entry level plan offers the phone for $83 a month with 1GB of data. Total cost is $1,992 over 24 months.
You'll probably need a bit more data than that, so we recommend the $70 plan with $26 mobile repayments ($96 total per month) with 8GB of total data (6GB + 2GB bonus). Total price is $2,304 over 24 months.
Finally, Vodafone's top tier plan will net you 30GB of data per month on the $120 plan with $10 handset repayments ($130 total per month). Total cost over 24 months is $3,120.
Supermarket giant Woolworths has jumped feet first into the world of flagship smartphones with some surprisingly good deals on offer.
Its best deal, without question, will get you a Samsung Galaxy S8 with 4GB of monthly data for only $69 per month. That's a total cost of $1,656 over 24 months.
If you need more data, there's a $95 per month plan that will give you 8GB of monthly data, Total cost is $2,280 over 24 months.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus pre-order deals: free gifts
If you need some extra sweetening on these Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals, here it is: all pre-orders made before Thursday, April 27 through either Samsung or one of its operator or retail partners will come with the new Samsung Gear VR headset at no extra cost.
Not only that, customers will also receive a $50 voucher for use in the Oculus Store.
These are the best plans currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus in Australia. Make sure you check back here over the coming days to see if more deals become available.