Best Deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note9

There are bargains to be had. Just make sure you read the fine print before you buy.

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Got your heart set on a brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note9? Well, there are good deals out there. It’s just a question of finding the one that’s right for you.

The South Korean electronics giant’s latest version of the phablet, which just hit stores, includes an updated S Pen that can function as a remote control, as well as new camera features, a bigger battery, and more storage space.

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While those aren't big changes from last year's Note8, they're sure to please fans of the biggest super-premium smartphones.

Like other premium phones, the Note9 doesn't come cheap. A 128GB unlocked version will run you $1,000, and the 512GB version costs $1,250. But you don’t have to pay full price to get the pocket-sized PC.

Here’s a look at some of the best deals we’ve found. Whichever you choose, make sure you read the fine print before you fork over the cash. Many of these offers come with a catch or two, and good credit is often required. And remember, if a company is offering money or discounts in exchange for trading in your old phone, it needs to be in good working order.

If you're interested in one of these deals, don't wait too long before you buy. It's unclear how long most of these offers will last.

Unlocked Phones

Samsung. Buy your Note9 direct from the manufacturer and the company will throw in a free Duo wireless charger and a cover for your new phone. And if you pay an extra $99, Samsung will include a pair of Gear IconX earbuds, which usually retail for $199.

You can also get up to $300 off by trading in your old phone. Samsung will give you the official quote through its website, but to receive the full amount, your phone must be in good condition. Eligible models include the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ or Note8, or an iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus. Older phones, along with some made by other companies, are worth lesser amounts.

Amazon. You're going to pay full price at Amazon (and you’re going to pay it all up front). But the online retailer will throw in two free accessories for the phone: a DeX Pad docking station and a Duo wireless charger (the combined retail value is about $190).

Best Buy. The retailer will give you $450 if you buy an unlocked Note9 and trade in an eligible phone in good condition. The catch? The $450 comes in the form of a Best Buy gift card and coupon. Eligible phones include Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, and Note8; the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus; the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; and the LG V30. Other phones will get you lesser amounts.

The Carriers

AT&T. Need an extra phone? If you buy a Note9 through AT&T, this carrier will give you a Samsung Galaxy Note9, S9, or S9+ free.

Yes, there are a couple of catches. You have to pay for the Note9 in monthly installments and you have to sign up for a new line of service to get the free phone, which you earn via bill credits handed out over a period of 30 months. Cancel AT&T service for either phone and you’re on the hook for the balance of the free phone’s cost.

The deal expires Aug. 30.

Sprint. The carrier says it will sell you the Note9 for 50 percent off, but what it’s really offering is a discounted lease.

The lease, which requires a new line of service, runs for 18 months and involves monthly payments of $20.83, down from the company's full lease price of $41.67. After the 18 months are up, you have the option of upgrading to a new phone or paying off the Note9’s balance, either all at once or over the next six months.

Cancel your Sprint service early and you’ll have to pay off the full balance.

T-Mobile. This is one of the more complex offers. T-Mobile will give you up to 50 percent off a Note9, but you must trade in an old phone and agree to the usual monthly payment plan, a new line of service, and early termination catches.

Trade-ins that receive the full $500 credit include the Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+, the Galaxy S7 phones, and the Note5. A slew of older Galaxy phones will net you a $250 credit. In all cases, the trade-in needs to be in what T-Mobile considers “good” condition.

Verizon. This is another buy-one-get-one deal. Like AT&T’s offer, it requires a new line of service and a monthly payment plan. You can choose a Note9, S9, or S9+ as the second phone, and the cost will be amortized in the form of credits spread over a two-year period.

Cancel early and—you guessed it—you have to pay off your phone.

Bree Fowler

Bree Fowler

I write about all things "cyber" and your right to privacy. Before joining Consumer Reports, I spent 16 years reporting for The Associated Press. What I enjoy: cooking and learning to code with my kids. I've lived in the Bronx for more than a decade, but as a proud Michigan native, I will always be a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan no matter how much my family and I get harassed at Yankee Stadium. Follow me on Twitter (@BreeJFowler).