Ready to get your grubby mitts on Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8, but stuck on which telco and plan to pick? If you need a little help in navigating Note 8 options, we've selected some of our favourite plans from each provider below.
We're assuming that you're on the hunt for great data-for-dollars value, plus extras like bonus data, included streaming, and more. Whether you're looking for a wallet-friendly deal, or premium bells and whistles, here's our picks for the best Galaxy Note 8 plans around.
Best value Note 8 plan
If you're after a plan with a decent data-to-price ratio, Optus' $85 My Plan Flex option includes 16GB of data when you sign up by October 26. You'll also get unlimited calls and texts, 300 minutes of international calls and unlimited international texting, and unlimited data-free streaming from selected music and video apps.
Combined with a $10 per month device payment, you'll pay $95 monthly over 24 months for your plan and Note 8: but as this is an Optus Flex option, you're technically leasing your phone, not buying it. You do, however, get the option to upgrade your device after 12 months for a $99 fee.
If you want a more traditional plan, you can go with Virgin Mobile's 9GB ($90 per month for both your plan and phone, over 24 months) or 16GB ($99 per month) options: both are standard 24-month contracts, but include extras such as Data Rollover and international credit.
Best budget Note 8 plan
Real talk: if you're looking at a premium device like the Note 8, there's no real 'budget friendly' option - but there are ways to save money and get the most from your plan.
The absolute cheapest option from the major telcos is Virgin Mobile's $40 phone plan, which comes with 2GB of data, plus unlimited calls and texts, and $50 of international call and text credit. However, you'll pay $40 per month over 24 months for the Note 8 itself, meaning there's an $80 per month total cost for both phone and your $40 plan.
If you're looking for more data, Vodafone's $40 no-contract Red Plan includes 6GB per month and, with a $41.36 monthly handset fee, comes to $81.63 per month in total. However, this plan requires you to pay off your Note 8 over 36 months, so although you can switch your service plan at any time, your phone payments will be spread over a longer term.
Best Telstra Note 8 plan
If you're considering Telstra, you're probably already prepared to pay a premium for your plan. Example: Telstra's cheapest Note 8 option is its $59 Go Mobile Swap Plan, which will actually cost you $99 per month with the $40 monthly handset fee (and includes just 2GB of monthly data).
However, for a limited time (now through to December 25), you can grab 20GB of monthly data, plus unlimited calls to 15 selected countries, plus a free 12-month Foxtel Now subscription, for $119 per month for both plan and phone. The offer is available with Telstra's $99 Go Mobile Swap Plan, which is a 24-month lease deal that allows you to upgrade your device after 12 months.
If you want really big data, Telstra is also offering 60GB per month on its $149 Go Mobile Plus and Go Mobile Swap plans, which are both currently discounted to $129 per month (including your Note 8 payment). You'll also get 12 months of free Foxtel Now with both plans, plus a six-month Apple music subscription with data-free streaming, plus international calls to 15 countries and 2GB of monthly overseas roaming data.
Best Optus Note 8 plan
As with Telstra, picking up the Note 8 on an Optus plan isn't going to be cheap, with the most budget-friendly option coming to $90 per month for both your plan and phone (and just 1GB of data).
Want more gigabytes? We recommend the $85, 16GB My Plan Flex leasing deal, which will set you back $95 per month for your plan and phone. But from just $5 extra each month, you can bump that data up to a massive 40GB: Optus has slashed its $130 My Plan Plus and My Plan Flex plans by $30 per month (so you'll pay $100 for your plan, and $0 for your Note 8 each month if you go with My Plan Flex).
You'll need to sign up by October 26 to grab the above amount of data, but you'll also get a bunch of extras: 1GB of monthly international roaming data plus international roaming calls, 750 minutes of international calls from Australia each month, and unlimited entertainment streaming from Netflix, Stan, Spotify and more, depending on your choice of Plus or Flex plans.
Best Vodafone Note 8 plan
As Vodafone has now separated its actual plans from device payments, you'll need to pick a) which repayment term you prefer for your Note 8, and b) which service plan to pair it with. The longer your repayment period, the less you'll pay each month - although you'll still pay the same amount for your phone overall.
Vodafone is currently offering bonus data on several of its Red plans, including its $50 Red Data and Red Global options (both $112.45 per month for your plan and phone, with phone payments over 24 months, and with 16GB and 14GB of data each month respectively).
But if you're happy to pay a little more, we recommend the $60 Red Data and Red Global plans - you'll get either 27GB or 25GB each month, and will pay $122.45 combined for your plan and the Note 8 on a 24-month contract.
Best Virgin Mobile Note 8 plan
As we mentioned above, Virgin's $80 Phone Plan is currently offering 16GB of monthly data - plus unlimited calls and texts and $300 of international credit, and unlimited data-free music streaming - for $99 per month for both your plan and phone.
This breaks down to $80 for the plan, plus a monthly $19 Note 8 payment over 24 months. You'll also receive a bonus 15GB of data in your first month, and any unused gigabytes can be carried over to the following bill cycle with Data Rollover.
If you want to go large or go home, you can also sign on for 24GB each month for $110, on Virgin's $100 Phone Plan: this includes $100 for the plan itself, and $10 per month for your Note 8 (over a 24-month contract).