Best Deals on the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e
Samsung's new smartphones might be pricey, but Consumer Reports has found some great deals for you
Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 smartphones have officially reached stores. The models feature bigger batteries, new cameras, more internal storage, and a handful of other extras designed to please fans of the manufacturer’s flagship line.
But that new hardware comes with a hefty price. The S10 and S10+ start at $900 and $1,000, respectively, and the slightly pared-down S10e model will run you $750.
Deals From Samsung
The offer comes from a partnership between Samsung and the music streaming service that will result in the Spotify app being preinstalled on millions of the new S10 phones.
But just a heads up: You're not eligible for the offer if you've subscribed to Spotify Premium or Unlimited before, or taken part in a previous free-trial offer. And keep an eye on the calendar. If you don't cancel your Spotify service before your six months are up, the company is going to start charging you monthly for it.
Don't let this offer stop you from shopping around. You can get it if you buy the phone from another vendor, too.
Samsung's offer gets better, though. If you trade in an eligible device, the tech giant will lower the price on any of the three current S10 models by up to $550. The trade-in list includes most premium Samsung and Apple phones released since 2018 and a handful of others made by LG and Google. Other phones are eligible for smaller discounts.
You can either pay for the phone up front or finance it through Samsung interest-free and pay it off monthly over a two- or three-year period, depending on how much you spend. The offer applies not only to phones tied to specific carriers but also to unlocked models.
Bottom line: If you have an eligible trade in, you could be looking at a total out-of-pocket cost as low as $200 to $450 (depending on the model) to get one of Samsung’s latest flagship phones.
Deals From the Big 4 Carriers
Buy any of the three new phones and this carrier will give you up to $1,000 in credits toward a second one. To qualify, you have to set up a new line of service and finance the phones over 24 or 30 months.
The free phone comes in the form of monthly credits that start within three billing cycles and max out at the value of the cheaper of the two phones, or $1,000, whichever is less. You can also get $1,000 back if you choose to buy last fall’s Galaxy Note9.
Pick a “free” phone that costs more than the limit and you have to pay the difference. If you cancel your service early, any remaining balance is due.
Lease any of the three S10 phones from this carrier and you get an S10e free. But—you guessed it—there are catches.
The deal requires you to set up two new lines of service or set up one new line and have a second that’s eligible for an upgrade. The leases are for 18 months, and you get the “free” phone in the form of a monthly credit that kicks in within two billing cycles.
Cancel your Sprint service early and you’re on the hook for the balance of the phone’s cost.
This carrier is offering up to $390 in monthly credits toward the purchase of a new S10 phone to any customer who adds a line or trades in a qualifying phone.
To get those credits, you'll have to agree to finance the new phone for 24 or 36 months. Customers who add a line get the credits spread out over that period. Others get the value of their trade-in up front, with the rest of the $390 in credits distributed over the financing period.
You should go to T-Mobile’s website (at the link above) for a list of specific trade-in options. Eligible models include Apple phones dating back to the iPhone 7 and Samsung models going back as far as the Galaxy S8. Other phones are worth less.
It will take up to two billing cycles for the monthly credits to start. If you cancel your service early, you’re responsible for any remaining balance.
This carrier is also offering a buy-one-get-one sort of deal. Order any of the three new Samsungs and you get $750 off the cost of another. That's essentially an S10e free.
To take advantage of this deal, you'll have to add a line of service and finance the phones interest-free for 24 months. The discount comes in the form of monthly credits, which will start within one or two billing cycles.
Cancel early and—that's right—you’re going to need to pay off those phones right away.
Verizon will also give you $200 off your purchase of any of the three new Samsungs if you trade in a qualifying phone. Check Verizon's website (see the link above) to see whether your phone qualifies. The list covers just about everything on the market right now.
This discount also comes in the form of monthly credits and requires you to finance your new phone. And no, you can't combine it with Verizon's other offer.