Galaxy deals with no upfront cost

How to find a 'free' Samsung Galaxy deal

Samsung is one of the world’s top mobile phone makers, and its flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy S range, is arguably the best. It’s also really bloomin’ expensive, which is why loads of people search for contracts that come with a ‘free’ Samsung Galaxy phone.

The thing is, there’s no such thing as ‘free’ when to comes to smartphones. What you actually get is a phone with no upfront cost - there’s no initial outlay, and you instead pay the value of the device (or more) over the course of your contract.

These plans are available for most Samsung Galaxy handsets, including:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

How to get a ‘free’ Samsung Galaxy pay monthly deal

To find a Samsung Galaxy deal with no upfront cost, simply look up - there’s loads on this page. You can make things even clearer by using the filters on the side of the page to refine your results further. For example, you can choose to only look at specific models, sort by monthly cost, set the amount of monthly data and more.

Alternatively, head over to our more general no upfront cost guide to see how Samsung phones compare to rivals like the Apple iPhone.

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How do free Samsung Galaxy deals work?

This type of contract is designed to spread the cost of a Samsung Galaxy phone over a couple of years, rather than force you to evacuate the contents of your wallet all at once. You spend nothing on the handset upfront, and pay off the cost of the phone as part of your monthly bill instead.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is hundreds of pounds to buy outright - that’s not possible for some people. Getting a no upfront cost contract puts the phone within reach, though you’ll end up paying more each month than if you’d splashed out initially.

What’s the cheapest Samsung Galaxy plan?

Deals change all the time, so the easiest way to find out the best price on a Samsung Galaxy is to use the results grid at the top of this page, and sort by total or monthly cost. There are also a few things you can look for that can help you save a few pounds:

  • Get an earlier model - Every Samsung Galaxy improves on the one before it, but only a little. The Samsung Galaxy S8, for example, is really just a marginal improvement on the Galaxy S7 - so you’re not losing much by picking a cheaper plan with an earlier model.
  • Buy from a reseller - A reseller is a third party that sells phones and plans for most of the major networks. They’re also often much cheaper than buying directly from a mobile operator - there’s quite a few in our results so take a look.
  • Get a refurbished Samsung Galaxy - These are used phones made new again. Refurbished phones have been reconditioned to be in full working order, and while not everybody loves them, they often accompany the cheapest plans.

What’s good about free Samsung Galaxy plans?

  • Makes the Samsung Galaxy affordable - With nothing to pay upfront, these plans put some extremely high-tech phones in the hands of almost anyone who wants one.
  • Spreads the cost - Splitting payment into monthly instalments makes affording a top phone more manageable for some people - though you will likely pay more overall than other types of plan.
  • Lots of choice available - Loads of resellers and networks offer plans with no upfront cost for Samsung Galaxy handsets. Use our results, and you should be able to find a deal that suits you.

What’s bad about free Samsung Galaxy plans?

  • They’re not actually free - Not only are you paying for the phone, you’ll likely end up spending more than the original price over the course of your contract. Speaking of which…
  • Contract terms are long - Most ‘free’ Samsung Galaxy plans run for 24 months. That means you’re making a long-term commitment, and if you want to change phones or plans before that, expect to shell out.
  • More expensive overall - These plans tend to cost more per month than those where you have to spend a bit more for the phone. That means you’ll actually spend more over the total contract - so it may be worth paying a bit upfront to avoid that.

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  1. If I switch, can I keep my mobile number?

    Yes you can. All you have to do is ask your old network for your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) before your contract is up. Then give the PAC - likely a nine-digit number - to your new provider and you’ll usually be able to use your old number within a working day.

    For more info, see our guide: Can I keep my mobile number?

  2. How do I switch mobile contracts?

    First, pick a new mobile contract by comparing different packages on our site, and click through to sign up to one that looks good.

    Then, simply contact your current provider to cancel, and switch to the new contract. Providers should walk you through the process when you sign up.

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  3. Can I use my mobile phone abroad?

    It is possible to use your phone abroad, but before you can do so you may have to activate roaming with your network operator. Different countries incur different charges, but your operator should send you a message about roaming prices upon your arrival. And remember, unlike at home, you may be charged for receiving calls as well as making them.

    If you're travelling within the EU, you can use your usual monthly allowance at no extra cost - whatever network you're with.

    See our guide to using your phone abroad for more info.

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