Samsung had a strong showing this week at its Galaxy Unpacked event, showcasing its latest smart home devices, accessories, and, of course, phones. Here are the many, many ways to pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, & S21 Ultra, as well as the best deals for each of them.
Where to pre-order the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra
As the Samsung Galaxy series has become the essential Android smartphone and the biggest competitor to Appleâ€™s iPhones, you can buy them just about anywhere that phones are sold. These days, the best way to buy any smartphone is unlocked, but the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra are also available to pre-order from all major carriers.
Generally speaking, the Galaxy S21 has a starting price ofÂ $799, down $200 from last year. The next size up, the Galaxy S21+, adds a few extra features, like ultra wide-band (UWB) support, and starts at $999. Meanwhile, just like the S20 series before it, Samsung is offering an ultra-premium Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Having the best of the best, however, will cost you a massiveÂ $1,199Â for 128GB of storage, ranging up toÂ $1,379Â if you want to have the largest 512GB storage.
To further incentivize pre-orders, Samsung is offering a credit â€” $100 for S21, $150 for S21+, and $200 for S21 Ultra â€” to their own store, found in the Shop Samsung app. Any of these credits should put you most of the way toward a set of the new Galaxy Buds Pro that were also unveiled this week. All pre-orderers are also entitled to a free Galaxy SmartTag.
Pre-orders for these new phones are open now, while general sales of the phones donâ€™t start until January 29.
Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra unlocked
For the most part, buying unlocked is the best way to get a smartphone these days, but this isnâ€™t always true for Samsung phones. Sometimes carrier-based Galaxy phones receive updates faster than their unlocked counterparts, but not being locked down to one carrier is a good feeling.
On that note, the 5G capabilities of the Galaxy S21 series are not limited to any one carrierâ€™s iteration of 5G, regardless of where you buy.
If you plan on trading a device, you can receive as much as $800 in trade-in credit from Best Buy â€” or $700 from Samsung â€” to put toward your Galaxy S21 purchase.
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra pricing, pre-order perks
If you simplyÂ mustÂ buy your phone through a carrier, Verizon is the one to pick, especially if youâ€™re buying for yourself and another person.
If youâ€™re buying a Galaxy S21, S21+, or S21 Ultra, Verizon will give you a significant credit â€” up to $1,000 â€” toward a second Samsung Galaxy S21 series phone, down to as low as free depending on your Unlimited plan â€” though youâ€™ll need to start a new line or be a new customer. Existing unlimited plan customers can take up to $600 off with a trade-in.
Those in the market for accessories can get $250 off of the Galaxy Watch 3 with purchase of a Galaxy S21 series phone from Verizon. Similarly, Verizonâ€™s entire stock of Galaxy S21 cases is being discounted by 25% during the pre-order window.
Of course, these Verizon deals still stack with the up to $200 Samsung Shop credit above.
Otherwise, Verizon is offering 24-month financing as low as $33.33 per month for the S21 or S21+, and $39.99 per month for the S21 Ultra.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra pricing, pre-order perks
AT&T is offering up the Galaxy S21 for $26.67 per month, Galaxy S21+ for $33.34 per month, and Galaxy S21 Ultra starting at $40 per month for 30 months. With an eligible trade-in, though, AT&T will include up to an $800 credit on that 30-month financing, effectively making the Galaxy S21 free or the S21 Ultra significantly discounted.
Additionally, those who buy or pre-order the Galaxy S21 through AT&T can get the Galaxy Buds Pro for 50% off.
Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21+ / S21 Ultra pricing, pre-order perks at other carriers
If youâ€™re looking for an alternative carrier from which to pick up the Galaxy S21, there are quite a few others to choose from.
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