The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is now available to buy, which means pre-order offers have officially ended. This guide focuses on the flagship device from the new range, the S24 Ultra, but it also launched alongside two other options – the standard Samsung Galaxy S24 and the big-screen Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus.
So which telco has the best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plan? We argue that it’s Vodafone, though it has won this title by a pretty slim margin. Ever since Vodafone raised its prices in January 2024, it’s no longer the cheapest option among the three major players and it generally costs the same as Optus (though you get more data with Vodafone).
There’s lots to get excited about with the S24 Ultra – this phone is truly packed with features, not least because Samsung has partnered with Google to bring some of the best aspects of the Pixel phone over to the Ultra. We have a full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review if you’re keen to know more about the phone, or you can read on for your plan recommendations.
Best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plans: our picks
Best overall Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plan
Vodafone is our pick for the best Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plan overall. The model with 256GB of storage should be plenty for most people, and we recommend pairing it with Vodafone’s AU$49 Small plan to get 50GB of data a month. While Vodafone is our first choice, it’s not the clear winner it used to be, as Optus’ plan also comes in at AU$140.62 a month (though you’ll only get 30GB of data every month). When you sign up with Vodafone, you’ll also receive a bonus pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds FE.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,374.88
Best premium Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plan
If you want to up the storage on your new S24 Ultra, you can do so at Vodafone for an extra AU$8 a month. To get the handset for AU$148.95 a month, you’ll want to pair the 512GB model with Vodafone’s AU$49 Small plan on a 24-month contract. It’s worth noting that Optus’ equivalent plan is the same price, but you’ll only get 30GB a month instead of the 50GB you get with Vodafone. Plus, sign up with Vodafone and you’ll get a free pair of Samsung earbuds.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,574.80
Compare Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra telco plans
Here’s a look at what you’ll be paying each month for a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra plan, with 256GB of storage on a 24-month contract.
Outright Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra deals
You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra from these major retailers:
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: key information
It feels like Samsung is forging a new path with the S24 Ultra. In a change of pace, there’s not too many hardware upgrades to speak of, which we think is refreshing following year after year of minor updates. Instead, Samsung’s latest is all about the software, and AI is the name of the game.
For a start, Samsung has worked closely with Google to bring some of the best features from the Google Pixel over to the S24 Ultra. So what’s it got? The Google Pixel’s Magic Editor is now available on the S24 Ultra. Magic Editor is a Google-made photo editing tool that uses AI – including generative AI – to help you edit your images. That means actions like removing people from the background of your photos, brightening up the sky or adding entirely new elements are all now possible on the S24 Ultra.
Similar to Google with its Pixel 8 devices, Samsung has also committed to seven years of major OS and security updates for the Galaxy S24 Ultra. That’s huge news for Samsung, and increases the longevity of the device for a long time to come. There was a previous argument to be made that Samsung’s shorter OS support made it less valuable than an iPhone, but this announcement means that’s no longer the case.
The software advancements are the biggest talking point, but it’s also worth highlighting the changes that have been made to Samsung’s camera array. Firstly, Samsung has reduced to a 5x zoom on the S24 Ultra, which is quite a step back from the 10x zoom that was available on last year’s S23 Ultra. This is quite a departure from the bigger and better approach from year’s past, but something has been added in its place. The telephoto sensor has been beefed up to 50MP, which is a big jump compared to the 10MP sensor that was housed in the previous model.
When it comes to aesthetics, the S24 Ultra looks much the same as its S23 counterpart, although it’s now encased in a titanium frame, perhaps taking a cue from the iPhone 15 Pro. Though don’t expect much weight saving – we found the device to be just as heavy as its predecessor during our hands-on. The device’s screen is also ever-so-slightly flatter than the S23, which means that the bezels appear slightly bigger.
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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.