Verizon (VZ, -0.25%) said it also had an enhanced virtual reality offer. For $99, customers could get the Gear VR headset plus a pair of Harmon Kardon headphones and a 256 GB micro SD memory card.
Aside from the carriers, retailer Best Buy (BBY, +0.68%) said it would give pre-order buyers $50 off the S8 and $100 off the S8+ aside from any deals available from a customer's mobile provider. "Customers can also layer our deal with Samsung’s Gear VR offer and select carrier offers," a Best Buy spokeswoman said.
Walmart (WMT, +0.22%) said it started pre-orders for the S8 for as little as $659 and the S8+ starting at $759. But prices varied widely by carrier. Phones for use on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon could only be pre-ordered in store, not online. Customers who sign up at Walmart for an installment plan on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon get a additional $150 off.
T-Mobile said it would offer the new phones for pre-order but without a discounted trade-in offer. Customers will pay $750, or $30 up front plus $30 a month for two years, for the S8 at T-Mobile. Participants in T-Mobile's Jump frequent upgrade plan will pay zero down and $33 a month, the carrier said.
The S8+ is $850 at T-Mobile or $130 plus $30 a month for two years, with the same down payment and monthly price for Jump participants.
The S8 also will be available for $729 at T-Mobile's (TMUS, +0.49%) MetroPCS subsidiary.
AT&T (T, -0.52%) said it would charge $25 per month for 30 months, or a total of $750, for the S8, and $28.34, or about $850 total, for the S8+. Customers on AT&T's frequent upgrade plan pay $31.25 a month for 24 months the S8, still a total of $750, or $35.42 for the S8+, totaling $850. Those customers have the right to upgrade every year, however.
AT&T also said it would give a credit of up to $750 for purchase of a second Galaxy S8 phone after an initial S8 purchase. It also offered discounts on Samsung tablets and smartwatches to S8 buyers.
Sprint (S, -0.12%) said it would sell the new Samsung smartphones starting at $750 and $850. But the carrier also offered an 18-month phone leasing deal for $31.25, or a total of $562.50, for the S8 and $35.42, or almost $638, for the S8+. Customers must return the phone at the end of the lease. For customers who pre-order an S8 or S8+, Sprint said it would allow a free upgrade to the next generation Galaxy phone after 12 lease payments.
Best Buy(Unlocked) Best Buy will sell the unlocked Galaxy S8 in Midnight Black for $724.99 and the Galaxy S8+ in Midnight Black for $824.99. See, a $25 discount over most carriers.
Heard that pre-orders are through the roof. Higher than the S7 and Note 7. And the + is outselling the 5.8" S VIII.
I need to go to Best Buy and spend a minute with a demo unit. I may switch my pre-order to the +.
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I was thinking that too. but the fingerprint sensor placement is basura on the +, just way too awkward. I actually don't mid the placement on the S8 though. that's the only thing keeping me from changing my pre order at the moment.