Telstra and Optus plans
And now, all of the country’s leading telcos have announced the different plans they are offering for each of the devices.
The good news is that there are plenty of options for customers hoping to pick up either member of the S7 family on a contract. Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile all have their own plans built around the handsets.
Of course, if you prefer to own your phone outright, you can grab the Galaxy S7 for $1,149 while the S7 Edge will set you back $1,249.
And don’t forget, if you pre-order your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge early enough, you’ll get a bonus Gear VR thrown in.
As always, you’ll pay a premium to pick up the Samsung handsets through Telstra, but there are certain advantages. For a start, you’ll get to enjoy the Cat 9 speeds the Galaxy S7 and Telstra’s network can provide, with theoretical download speeds up to 450Mbps.
Telstra’s plans for the Galaxy S7 start at $79 a month, including 1GB of data and $550 worth of talk and text.
For the truly data hungry, the $135 XL plan has 15GB to use each month with unlimited talk and text.
The S7 Edge is available on the same collection of plans, although with an ever so slightly increased monthly repayment.
If you prefer your plans to include unlimited talk and text regardless of the data allowance, Optus has got you covered.
Pricing for the Galaxy S7 starts at $64 a month on Optus, which has the unlimited talk and text but only includes 500MB of data.
If that’s not enough, $100 a month jumps the data to 12GB a month (10GB plus 2GB bonus), and 400 international minutes.
But you probably won’t want to pick up that last plan, given Optus is offering a discounted version of its $130 plan for the exact same price of $100 a month, which boosts data to 18GB, offers unlimited international calls and up to 10 days of Optus travel packs.
For the S7 Edge, the plans are the same though the handset repayments are a bit higher. So plans start at $71 a month for 500MB of data, jump to $83 for the 3GB plan, grow to $92 for 8GB (6GB plus 2GB bonus), and $104 a month for 12GB (10GB plus 2GB bonus).
Bizarrely, Optus is offering the $130 plan for the S7 Edge with $30 off, so you can grab the curved phone on a 18GB plan for less than the $100 plan, which has a $4 a month handset repayment.
Vodafone and Virgin plans
Vodafone’s $5 a day roaming charge makes it a very enticing choice for frequent international travellers. You’ll also get unlimited talk and text across all plans.
Pricing for the Galaxy S7 start at $75 for 500MB a month. That would be a crazy decision though, as the next plan up offers 3GB for $80 a month. But even crazier is that the next plan up from that, which includes 6GB of data, only costs $77 a month.
As with the other carriers, the S7 Edge has a slight price premium on the handset repayments, so 500MB costs $83, and 3GB jumps to $95. Just like the S7 plans though, the 6GB option is cheaper than 3GB at $90 a month, or you can get 8GB for $95.
Plus, you can claim some bonus Qantas frequent flyer points on the 8GB, 12GB and 20GB plans.
Virgin Mobile plans
The budget Optus telco also has a full suite of plans for the Galaxy S7 family, with the cheapest plans on offer (although also with the lowest data inclusions on the low price tier).
You’ll get 6GB (plus 2GB and a bonus 6GB for three months) on the $85 plan for the Galaxy S7 (or $91 for the Edge), while the $100 plan for the S7 gives 10GB (plus 3GB bonus and an extra 10GB for the first 3 months) of data (and the Edge plan costs $104 a month).
For all those plans, you will need to either get a new number or upgrade or switch to the Optus network to get the bonus data figures, though.