What's the best deal on a Galaxy S8 or S8+ preoder? BestBuy vs Walmart, Costco, Target and Sam's Club

What's the best deal on a Galaxy S8 or S8+ preoder? BestBuy vs Walmart, Costco, Target and Sam's Club

This year, flagship phones will be more expensive than their predecessors, on account of their design overhauls, as exemplified with the LG G6 already, or with the rumored $1000 starting tag for the OLED iPhone 8. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ continue this trend, as they come at about a Benjamin more than their predecessors S7 and S7 edge at launch. Preorders have already started, while Samsung is going to release the phone en masse on April 21st.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available in carrier shops and websites at AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket Wireless, US Cellular, Straight Talk Wireless, but also retailers like BestBuy, Walmart, Costco or Target. The S8 ranges at $720-$750 with those carriers, while the S8+ is about $100 more, for the hefty $840-$850. You do get perks with early ordering like a free Gear VR with a controller, but these are coming from Samsung, so you can get them everywhere, and retailers like BestBuy or Costco are offering better deals than the carriers, we've ranked them in order of appeal: 

Sam's Club - $150 gift card on top of Samsung's bonus
 (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular)


Just like last year with the S7 and S7 edge, Sam's Club is offering the best deal on Samsung's newest flagship, provided that you are a member of the club, of course. It is giving $150 gift cards to folks who pre-order any of the two new smartphones and activate them on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint (sorry, T-Mobile users, this deal is not for you). To redeem the gift card, you'll have to pick up and activate your brand new Galaxy at Sam's Club between April 21 and April 30. Buyers are also entitled to get the free Gear VR with Controller that everyone else in the US is offering with the S8 and S8+. Moreover, between April 21 and April 23, Sam's Club is waiving activation and upgrade fees. All in all, you can get up to $359 worth of freebies, which is pretty good, and membership costs $45 per year, giving you access to many other deals all year long.



Walmart - $150 installment credit
(Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular - in-store), (Straight Talk - online and in-store), (Total Wireless - online)


What's the best deal on a Galaxy S8 or S8+ preoder? BestBuy vs Walmart, Costco, Target and Sam's Club

Save $150 when you get the S8 or S8+ on most carriers but T-Mobile - you put a down payment, depending on the carrier, and it gets tacked to Walmart's $150 credit, then the resulting sum gets credited in monthly payments to the installment plan. Some deals are in store, others online-only, but only select Walmart locations are participating, so make sure you check before you head over your nearest Walmart.


Target - $100 gift card
(Verizon, AT&T, Sprint)

What's the best deal on a Galaxy S8 or S8+ preoder? BestBuy vs Walmart, Costco, Target and Sam's Club

You get a $100 Target gift card with purchase and activation of the S8 or S8+. Target promises that the electronic GiftCard voucher will be delivered to you via email within 14 days of activation. Plus, you get the Gear VR with controller thingy, of course.


Best Buy  - $50 installment credit on S8, $100 on S8+
(Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint)


Perhaps your best non-membership bet when it comes to the S8 and S8+ preorders, BestBuy can save you $50 on the S8 and $100 on the S8+ is you preorder from your carrier with them (sorry, T-Mobile's feud with BestBuy has barred it from entering.) The discount goes with a payment plan only, otherwise you will have to pay full retail with the respective carrier. The savings are spread throughout the payment plan's duration, though, so with the S8 you spare $2.09 a month for 24 months, and so on.

Bundles: Free Gear VR with controller and $50 bonus Oculus content with pre-order and qualified activation of the Galaxy S8 or S8+. Bundle value $279.99, or, get the Samsung Immersive VR Experience Box for $99.

Samsung - all preorder gifts ship directly with the S8 or S8+
 (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile)


Did you know you can order your carrier phone directly from Samsung now? This way, you don't have to wait to get the pre-order bonuses, as they'll get shipped right away along with the S8 or S8+. Also, the phones will be with you a day early, on April 20th. Unfortunately, the preorders only go for carrier phones, as Samsung will be providing the unlocked version as far as out as the month of May. You can get the official Samsung accessories to ship with your phone, though, including the slim clear case for twenty bucks.

Costco
(Verizon)


If you preorder in the stores (need to be a member, of course), and do an installment plan on Verizon, Costco will throw in a pair of Level U Pro headphones on top of the other bonuses, as well as the TYLT Power Essentials pack: TYLT 5200mAh battery pack, micro USB cable, USB-C cable, Dual Port 4.8A Car Charger, and a carrying case for all. Bonuses and discounts for other carriers, as well as the rumored Costco gift card may come, but only after the official Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch on April 21st.

Carriers


For comparison, we list once again the carrier prices, remember that the big retailers stack their bonuses, discounts and gift cards on top of what the carriers and Samsung already offer as enticements, it's a cruel world:

DevicePaymentVerizonAT&TT-MobileSprint
Galaxy S8
Installments$30 / 24mo$25 / 30mo$30 upfront + $30 / 24mo$31.25 / 18mo
Full price$720$750$750$750
Galaxy S8+
Installments$35 / 24mo$28.34 / 30 mo$130 upfront + $30 /24mo$35.42 / 18mo
Full price$840$850$850$850
Pre-order bonusesFree Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack OR $99 “Experience Box” with Gear VR and Controller, Harman Kardon headphones + 256GB microSD cardFree Gear VR with controller and Oculus content, BOGO, and deals on Gear S3 and Tab EFree Gear VR with controller and Oculus contentFree Gear VR with Controller and Oculus content pack OR $99 “Experience Box” with Gear VR and Controller, Harman Kardon headphones + 256GB microSD card
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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

No preorder bonus in germany :(

2. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Aldo with Verizon.... if you trade in certain good condition phones .... you can get the S8 for $360

11. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Only for those on the Unlimited Plan though

15. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That is true.....I forgot that

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1005; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yea, a fine print loophole that will disappoint those who don't need Unlimited data

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I signed up for unlimited a few weeks back..... a teenage daughter will have you do that

3. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

*also

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not yet pre-ordered, buy definitely consider ing getting an unlocked Exynos S8 Plus!

5. iCloud

Posts: 123; Member since: May 15, 2014

I checked out the phone in tmobile store and also saw the lg g6. I was surpised how much better the lg felt in my hand. Having the s7 edge, it felt good not having this edge screen. From all the articles and comments I see almost everyone is leaning towards samsung. After I checked them out in the store I am leaning towards the lg. Anyone feel the same way?

7. fyah_king unregistered

No!No!No!No!No!No!No! I love the s8+ size and feel.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I felt the G6 was a solid built phone. It made me more excited for the V30 :)

10. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I'm getting the S8 but G6 is a fantastic phone. The build quality on the G6 is solid and I like it better because it doesn't have the curved screen. Curved screen truly is a gimmick IMO and I even have the S7e right now. One of the main reasons I'm going with the S8 is due to Samsung Pay... I've gotten so used to not carrying my card around that it's hard to let it go. Samsung Pay > Android Pay and Apple Pay because you can use it anywhere.

18. iCloud

Posts: 123; Member since: May 15, 2014

Never really used Samsung pay. I actually got the lg g6 earlier today and you are right about the good built. So far the phone is great and I'm loving it.

6. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I wish a bigbox store sold T-Mobile, so I could get 100 off

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

It kind of sucks to have T-Mobile because you only get the Gear VR for free lol

12. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

This article is 100% wrong. The pre order bonuses are the same for all carriers. You can still spend $99 for the headphones and 256GB SD Card. Pre order bonuses are sent directly by Samsung, not the carriers. TMobile even has this pre order promo marketing all over their stores.

13. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

That's not bad a 256gb sd cars is over $120

14. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

That's not bad a 256gb sd cars is over $120

19. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Are you sure about Costco/Sprint? $31.25 x 18 = $562.50 Seems like that is wrong.

20. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Come on T-Mobile, I'm losing my patience.

21. csacseg

Posts: 25; Member since: May 21, 2014

No preorder bonus in Hungary.

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