Updated February 3: Article was originally published on January 31.
After an impressive reveal and popular pre-order window, Samsung's Galaxy S24 smartphones go on sale to the public today. And for those who opt for Samsung's view of smartphones, there are some tempting offers for free and discounted devices alongside the new phones.
The offers aren't as extensive as those in the pre-order window, which shouldn't be too surprising. The opportunity to take onboard storage to the next level has always been the most attractive proposition, and it's hard to beat now that the South Korean company is in full retail mode.
Pre-orders tend to favor those who buy their mobile phones without a SIM card. I expect the majority of S24 sales will be through mobile carriers, which have a wide window of discounts they can offer thanks to the two-year contracts that consumers sign, allowing the financial impact of any offer to be spread around the world. 24 months of contract.
Here in the UK, Samsung offers an offer as well as any network or telco. It contains a free bundle of Galaxy Buds2Pro and SmartTag 2 for anyone who purchases a Galaxy S24, S24+ or S24 Ultra from a wide range of networks and retailers during the month of February. Must be claimed from Samsung within 30 days of purchase.
Ordering directly from Samsung UK unlocks another level of offers. Those who purchase a Galaxy S24 or Galaxy S24+ will receive a 5% discount on their first purchase of over £500 in the Samsung Shop app; And a 30% discount on both the Galaxy Watch6 Classic and two years of Samsung Care+. Finally, there's a 12-month subscription to the Disney+ streaming service.
You also have online exclusive colours; Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, and Sandstone Orange for the S24 and S24+, and Titanium Blue, Titanium Green, or Titanium Orange for the Galaxy S24 Ultra. I think Samsung would like you to know that the Galaxy S24 Ultra uses titanium as the material.
As we saw with pre-orders, offers have regional differences. Those who buy the S24 Ultra in the US can get discounts on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch6, and Galaxy Watch6 Classic. Meanwhile, Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ owners enjoy discount offers on Galaxy Buds FE, Watch6, and Watch6 Classic. Check your local listings for details, and remember that network prices and offers may vary.
Update: Thursday, February 1: US customers have Wide range of offers Outside the main Samsung website. Major carriers, with the benefit of committing to a multi-year contract from each purchase, tend toward trade-in options; Those who are happy to trade in an old phone for the latest Galaxy model can find discounts of up to $1,000 split off the initial price of the phone and to reduce the monthly cost over the life of the contract.
Meanwhile, larger retail chains like Amazon are going the other way, with gift cards of up to $200. Best Buy has paired the gift card option (currently $150) with trade-ins up to $750.
These deals will likely be available within the month following launch, but check what's on offer before heading to the checkout.
Update: Sunday, February 3: There's something interesting happening with the Galaxy S24+ offering on Verizon. Not only is the network offering a $1,000 discount on any Galaxy phone — matching the S24+'s list price — but it's also offering both the Galaxy Watch6 and the Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablet.
Not only will you be choosing one of the latest premium smartphones, but you'll be getting an entire ecosystem, with Samsung's popular smartwatch alongside one of the best mid-range tablets with some unique features, including support for Samsung's S-Pen stylus and an IP68 waterproof rating. Resistance. It's a powerful tablet that has received critical acclaim since its launch last November.
Not only will you get the new smartphone for free, but you'll also get a free tablet and wearable in the deal. That's a whole personal ecosystem there, and it's pretty special.
Aside from the offers, US prices for SIM-free phones, which are generally indicative of other regions, are as follows:
- Galaxy S24; With 128GB of storage, $799; With a storage capacity of 256 GB, it is priced at $859.
- Galaxy S24+; With 256GB of storage, $999; With 512 GB storage space, it is priced at $1,199
- Galaxy S24 Ultra; 256 GB storage capacity, priced at $1,299; With a storage capacity of 512 GB, it is priced at $1,419, with a storage capacity of 1 TB, priced at $1,659.
Samsung's strong offerings worldwide should boost sales of the Galaxy S24 family while the company enjoys a short period of advantage. By moving the launch date forward from the traditional mid-February date before Mobile World Congress, Samsung has not only managed to make an obvious hit with press coverage, but pre-orders and sales are locking people into the phone and the ecosystem for the next year or two before that. MWC highlights countless other premium smartphones.
The Galaxy S24 launch is also conveniently clear for the Apple iPhone. The community that has always bought iPhones will have made their purchases by now, leaving a group of users less committed to Apple's vision. Samsung faces an audience that wants a reason to buy. The latest offers make the Galaxy offer as tempting as can be.
Read now our first impressions of the Galaxy S24 Ultra, here on Forbes…
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