Best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 plans in Australia (April 2024)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 on mint green background
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is no longer the brand’s flagship foldable, as the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is now available to buy. That makes it a tricky time for anyone wanting to buy this unique device – should you buy the latest model or opt for last year’s version?

We’ve weighed up your options, and our recommendation is that you do not sign up for the Fold 4 on a plan – we’ve found that getting the newer Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 on a plan is actually cheaper from some providers. For example, Vodafone is currently offering a AU$300 device discount when you sign up for a plan, while Optus can throw in a Galaxy Watch 6 when you buy the Fold 5.

Opting to buy the Fold 4 outright could be a better option for some people, as it won’t lock you into a phone contract. If you go this route, check out our recommendations for the best SIM-only plans for pairing options. We suggest only buying the Fold 4 outright if you can find a discount of at least 30% or more – the biggest discount we’ve seen to date was 40% off.

Noteworthy Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals

Before buying the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 on a plan, these are the deals you should know about:

Best Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 plans: our picks

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Best overall Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 plan

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (256GB)40GB data24 monthsAU$149.12p/m

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Vodafone has the 'cheapest' Fold 4 plan we can find, but we actually recommend you <a href="https://techradar.whistleout.com.au/Transact?pai=3&si=251&gi=27&pi=12312&ct=0&ci=16807&ph=1111&ai=42&ppt=Instalments&subtag=hawk-custom-tracking&r=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="whistleout.com.au"" data-link-merchant="whistleout.com.au"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">upgrade to the Fold 5 instead. The newer model is priced at price AU$140.79 a month, which is AU$8 less per month than this Fold 4 plan. Because of this, we don’t recommend signing up to the Fold 4 on a plan.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,578.88

Best premium Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 plan

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (512GB)40GB data24 monthsAU$157.45p/m

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Now that the Fold 5 is available to buy, we don’t recommend signing up for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 on a plan. For instance, you can currently get the 512GB model of the <a href="https://techradar.whistleout.com.au/Transact?pai=3&si=251&gi=27&pi=12312&ct=0&ci=16807&ph=1112&ai=42&ppt=Instalments&subtag=hawk-custom-tracking&r=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="whistleout.com.au"" data-link-merchant="whistleout.com.au"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Fold 5 for AU$149.12 a month from Vodafone, so it’s actually cheaper than getting the older device on a plan. Take it from us and opt for the newer Fold 5 instead.

Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,778.80

Cheap Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 plans

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is no ordinary phone, and as a result, it’s rather expensive. If you want to pick it up for the cheapest possible monthly price, you’ll be looking at the 256GB model on a 36-month contract. Here are the most affordable monthly options from the telcos that stock it. Be mindful that if you sign up to a 36-month contract, you’ll end up paying more in the long run because you’ll be tied to your chosen provider for longer.

Outright Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 deals

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is available to buy outright from these major retailers:

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 at a glance: what you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: specs

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OS: Android 12 | Screen size: 7.6-inch AMOLED, 120Hz | Resolution: 2176 x 1812 (main) 2316 x 904 (cover) | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 | Memory: 12GB | Weight: 263g |Storage: 256GB / 512GB / 1TB | Battery: 4,400mAh | Rear camera: 12MP ultrawide / 50MP wide / 10MP telephoto| Front camera: 10MP 

There’s no getting around the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is exceptionally pricey, but at the same time, our early hands-on experience with it has made us think that it looks and feels more like a ‘regular’ flagship device. 

As with its previous iterations, Samsung has gone to great lengths to prove that its latest foldable device isn’t just a novelty, but a powerful and user-friendly phone with more than a niche use case.

What makes the Fold line unique is its feel of getting two devices in one, and that has continued with the Fold 4. Both the outside cover screen and the main screen inside are gorgeous AMOLED displays, which feature an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

Their design has been tweaked a little with this iteration, making the cover display 2.7mm wider on the outside, giving a little more space, a less 'narrow' feel and 6.2-inches of screen real estate when using the device folded. Unfold the device and you’ll get a glorious 7.6-inches of screen with a 2176 x 1812 resolution. Samsung has also slimmed down the hinge on the Fold 4, making the device more svelte when folded and closer to regular smartphone territory than before.

The Fold 4 comes packing a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset with 12GB of RAM under the hood, bringing it in line with the very best flagship devices for late 2022. Early benchmarks suggest that the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 has increased performance by around 10% compared to its predecessor, and a 30% increase in power efficiency. That’s welcome news considering the Fold 4 has the same 4,400mAh battery capacity as the previous Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and with that device you’ll need to reach for the charger most nights.

We would’ve liked to have seen better cameras in the Fold 4 (it’s carrying the same setup as the Samsung Galaxy S22), it’s still a powerful camera overall, though not quite as high-end as the top-of-the-line snapper on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which remains the king of Android phone photography.

Jasmine Gearie
Ecommerce Editor

Jasmine Gearie is an Ecommerce Editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers cut through the jargon to find the best mobile and internet plans for their needs. She crunches the numbers to maintain dedicated guides to the latest phones, NBN and broadband plans of all types, and covers the important telco industry news. She also hunts down tech deals on laptops, phones, gaming consoles and more, so readers know where to buy the products they want for the cheapest prices.