Updated February 3: article originally published January 31.
After an impressive reveal and popular pre-order window, Samsung’s Galaxy S24 smartphones go on sale to the public today. Along with new phones, there are free and discounted hardware offers for those who choose Samsung’s smartphone review.
The offers aren’t as extensive as those in the pre-order window, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The chance to take onboard storage to the next level was always going to be the most attractive proposition, and now the South Korean company is in full retail mode.
Pre-orders give preference to those who buy SIM-free phones. I expect the majority of S24 sales to come from mobile operators, who have a wide window of discounts to offer thanks to two-year contracts signed by consumers, allowing the financial impact of any offer to be spread around the world. The contract period is 24 months.
Here in the UK, Samsung has an offer that beats any network or carrier offer. It has a free Galaxy Buds2Pro and SmartTag 2 bundle for anyone who buys a Galaxy S24, S24+ or S24 Ultra during the month of February from various networks and retailers. These must be claimed from Samsung within 30 days of purchase.
Ordering direct from Samsung UK opens up another level of offer. Those who purchase a Galaxy S24 or Galaxy S24+ will receive 5% off their first purchase over £500 in the Samsung Shop App; and 30% off 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 exclusive online colors; 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 to know if the Galaxy S24 Ultra uses titanium as a material.
As we can see in the pre-orders, there are regional variations of the offers. Buyers of the S24 Ultra in the US can get a discount on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch6 and Galaxy Watch6 Classic. Meanwhile, Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ owners have discount offers for 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 1st: US customers available wide range of offers Outside of Samsung’s main website. Major carriers, which benefit from a multi-year contract commitment with each purchase, tend to trade options; Those happy to trade in an old phone to get the latest Galaxy model can find rebates of up to $1,000, which can be applied to the initial price of the phone, reducing monthly costs over the life of the contract.
Meanwhile, larger retail chains like Amazon are going the other way with gift cards up to $200. Best Buy has bundled a gift card option (currently $150) with trades up to $750.
These deals will likely be available within a month of launch, but check out what’s on offer before you head to checkout.
Update: Sunday February 3rd: Something very interesting is happening with the Galaxy S24+ offer at Verizon. Not only is the network offering $1,000 off any Galaxy phone up to the list price of the S24+, but it’s also offering both the Galaxy Watch6 and the Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablet.
Not only are you getting one of the latest premium smartphones, but you’re getting an entire ecosystem of Samsung’s popular smartwatch alongside one of the better mid-range tablets with some unique features, including Samsung’s S-Pen stylus and IP68 water support. you do resistance rating. It’s a solid tablet with critical acclaim since its launch last November.
Not only do you get a new smartphone for free, but you also get a free tablet and wearables. It’s a completely private ecosystem, which is pretty special.
Apart from the offers, prices for SIM-free phones in the US – broadly indicative of other regions, are as follows;
- Galaxy S24; with 128 GB of storage, $799; 256GB storage, $859.
- Galaxy S24+; with 256 GB of storage, $999; With 512 GB of storage, $1,199
- Galaxy S24 Ultra; With 256 GB of storage, $1,299; $1,419 with 512GB storage, $1,659 with 1TB storage.
Samsung’s aggressive global offerings should boost sales of the Galaxy S24 family, while the company has a short window of opportunity. By pushing the traditional mid-February launch date ahead of Mobile World Congress, Samsung has not only gotten press coverage, but pre-orders and sales are locking people into the phone and ecosystem for the next year or two. MWC highlights countless other premium smartphones.
The presentation of the Galaxy S24 is also convenient than the Apple iPhone. The iPhone-buying community will have made their purchases now, leaving a pool of users less committed to Apple’s vision. Samsung has an audience that wants a reason to buy. The latest offers make the Galaxy offer as attractive as possible.
Read our Galaxy S24 Ultra first impressions on Forbes now…