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Samsung’s new flagship phones aren’t yet available for preorder, but the wireless carriers are already offering deals, hoping to entice you to buy one.
Preorders for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra officially start on Feb. 21, and the models reach stores on March 6.
The phones come standard with 5G connectivity, and feature slightly bigger displays helped by even skinnier bezels and what could be game-changing camera hardware.
The S20 and S20+ offer cameras with 3X telephoto lenses, and the S20 Ultra comes with a 10X optical zoom. And all three models shoot video in 8K. That’s something we haven’t seen on a smartphone before, though it’s debatable how useful that tech actually is, even on a TV.
Just like in past years, the phones are pricey. The cheapest option, an S20 with 128 gigabytes of storage, will set you back $1,000. And the starting prices for the S20+ and S20 Ultra are $1,200 and $1,400, respectively.
Don’t think we’ve forgotten about the folding-screen Galaxy Z Flip. That phone, which goes on sale today and costs $1,380, will be available only in select stores.
Because of the limited availability, it seems, there just aren’t many discount offers out there right now. But we’ve included some tips below to help you find the phone, even if it’s at full price.
You can expect full ratings on all four phones after they go on sale to the public. Consumer Reports doesn’t test advance press samples. It buys phones at retailers, just like you do, to make sure we evaluate the models available to all shoppers.
Here’s a quick look at the deals we’ve found so far. We’ll update this article as new offers emerge. And, as always, CR members can browse our ratings to get the full story on the dozens of smartphone models currently on the market.
Whether you purchase your new phone from Samsung or a cellular carrier, be sure to read the fine print before you fork over the cash. Many offers come with a catch or two. They often require good credit. And they don't last long—many of those listed below are tied to preorders, which end on March 5, so be prepared to move fast.
And keep in mind that if you're hoping to trade in your old phone, it needs to be in good working order.
Buy your new S20 direct from the manufacturer and the company will throw in $100 in Samsung credit. Opt for an S20+ or S20 Ultra and you’ll get $150 or $200 in credit, respectively.
You can spend the credit in Samsung’s online store on accessories like the new Galaxy Buds+ earphones, which retail for $150, or put it toward one of the company's 8K TVs. The offer applies to preorders submitted from Feb 21 through March 5.
Samsung says it also will give you up to $700 off your new phone if you trade in your old device. Models eligible for the full amount include the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, along with the iPhone 11 pro and 11 Pro Max. Other phones are worth lesser amounts.
This carrier is offering to give you a S20 free. But, as you might imagine, that “free” phone does come at a cost.
To start, you have to sign up for one of two unlimited wireless plans that include 5G service: AT&T Unlimited Extra or AT&T Unlimited Elite. Those will run you $85 or $95 per month, respectively, for one line of service.
You also have to port an existing line over to AT&T's service and trade in an eligible smartphone, though AT&T has yet to say what models are eligible. And, finally, you have to finance the phone over a set period of time. Each month you’ll receive a bill credit to offset what would have been the monthly cost.
Cancel your AT&T service before the phone is paid off with those credits and you’ll likely be on the hook for the remaining cost.
Interested in an S20+? Those phones are eligible, too. You’ll just need to pay the $200 difference.
And AT&T says it’s selling the Z Flip, though supplies will be limited at launch. It’s not currently offering deals on the phone.
While Sprint says it will start taking preorders for the S20 phones on Feb. 21, it has yet to reveal the pricing.
Sprint has started selling the Z Flip, but it’s currently not offering any discounts, and quantities are limited.
This carrier is offering free 24-month financing on all three S20 phones. But, as of now, it’s not offering any discounts.
While Verizon plans to sell the S20 phones, it hasn’t released any pricing yet.
Comcast’s wireless carrier also plans to offer the S20 phones. And it’s promising a $300 prepaid card to consumers who preorder one of the models and switch to its service.
The offer’s exact terms and conditions will be revealed closer to Feb. 21, when the preorders start.
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