Where’s the best place in Ireland to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8

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There’s no shortage of options if you’re looking to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8. Samsung has tapped into people’s need for instant gratification too. That’s why they’re offering collection eight days early for pre-order customers. We compare your options and find just what the best option for you is.

Who is the most popular retailer?

When it comes to popularity, you might think that Vodafone and Three would dominate. Looking at the recent ComReg report, they do have the lion’s share of the Irish market. Thankfully, all the Irish network’s use URL shorteners like bit.ly for pre-order, so we can see how popular they are. Since launching pre-order, there have been 7,377 clicks between the networks. Here’s how they’re shared:

Share of social clicks for Galaxy S8 pre-order

  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Vodafone
  • eir
  • Meteor
  • Meteor
  • Three

Carphone Warehouse has a massive share of the interest in Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders. This might be down to many considering switching between networks as Carphone do make this a little easier. They are the only store charging for pre-order too, charging €50 to get your name on the list.

Regardless of whether you shop with Carphone Warehouse or directly with a network, you’ll need to compare the prices. Here’s all the pricing you’ll need to know for the Galaxy S8 launch.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S8 on Vodafone

Offering the best nationwide coverage, Vodafone is the heavy hitter in the Irish market. That also makes them a little bit more expensive. Here’s what you’ll pay and what you’ll get in return.

Vodafone RED Connect Essentials

Vodafone’s entry-level plan costs you €40 per month and locks you into a 24-month contract. In return, you’ll get 5GB of data, unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calls, unlimited texts and 100 minutes to all networks. To sweeten the deal, you’ll also get 25GB Dropbox space and access to either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will set you back €449.99 up-front on the day your purchase. Over the 24-months of your contract, you’ll pay €1,409 in total for your phone.

Who’s it for?

If you aren’t addicted to your phone but value reliability and are willing to pay a premium for it, this plan is for you.

Vodafone RED Connect

Vodafone’s most popular plan costs €60 per month and also locks you into a 24-month contract. The extra €20 per month does give you data allowance a significant bump up to 15GB. One small addition that’s nice to have is 4G+ which is even faster mobile internet. You’ll also get unlimited calls and texts to all Irish networks. Some of you might like that you get 100 international minutes too. Like the cheaper plan, you’ll also get 25GB Dropbox space and access to either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium.

You’ll also get unlimited calls and texts to all Irish networks. Some of you might like that you get 100 international minutes too. Like the cheaper plan, you’ll also get 25GB Dropbox space and access to either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium. Finally Vodafone will include 12-months access to Secure Net.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost €249.99 up-front. You’ll pay €1,689 over the 24-months of your contract.

Who’s it for?

This plan is for you if you love high-speed data on the move.

Vodafone RED Connect Super

Ireland’s most expensive mobile plan costs €80 per month. Again, you’ll be on this plan for 24-months. Another €20 per month bump doubles your data allowance to 30GB. Like RED Connect, you’ll also enjoy 4G+. Again, you’ll get unlimited calls and texts to all Irish networks but also 500 international minutes and texts. As standard, you’ll get Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium, 25GB Dropbox space and 12-months Secure Net cover.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost nothing up-front. You’ll pay a whopping €1,920 over the 24-months of your contract.

Who’s it for?

Not for everyone at all. If you have massive bills because you always go over your allowances, then go for this. Just make sure you remember how much you’ll pay over two years.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S8 on Three

Three have been gaining huge ground on Vodafone in recent years. Also, given loads of Three customers got out of contracts early, they could be hoping to get some of them to sign back up. Bearing in mind they won’t offer flagships on their new €30 per month plan, here’s your options on Three.

Classic Flex Max 350

The names might change in the coming weeks, but Three’s new mid-level plan is their cheapest monthly offering for the Samsung Galaxy S8. The plan will cost you €45 per month and lock you into a 24-month contract. For your money, you’ll get All You Can Eat Data and 350 Flexi Units. Flexi Units cover both minutes and texts where 1 unit gets you a 1-minute call or 3 texts.

Three’s new plans will also include 3GB of data when you roam, which is actually really nice to have. They also throw in a 3-month subscription to Deezer, but this does jump your bill up by €9.99 if you don’t cancel it.

You’ll need to pay €399 up-front for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and you’ll pay a total of €1,479 over your 24-month contract.

 

Who’s it for?

If all you care about is data, this is probably one of the best offerings on the Irish market.

3 Unlimited Flex Max

Three’s most expensive plan is €20 cheaper than Vodafone’s top plan. They do trim some of the fat to keep this plan to €60 per month. This plan still offers you All You Can Eat Data along with unlimited calls and texts. As is fairly typical, you’ll be in your contract for 24-months.

If you do travel a bit, you’ll be glad to know this plan gives you 7GB of data while roaming. Three also include Deezer with this plan but the same warning applies. Don’t cancel and your bill will be increased by €9.99 after 3-months.

Over 24-months, you’ll pay €1,739 and that’s including the €299 you’ll need to pay on the day you purchase.

Who’s it for?

You love data and you’re forever calling people too. This plan will have everything you need.

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Getting the Galaxy S8 on Meteor

Meteor offer a lot more variety when it comes to their plans. This gives you the freedom to dial into your needs a little more. Here are your options:

Lite 4G

This is the real entry level plan for the Irish market. With a 24-month contract, you’ll pay €30 per month for Meteor’s Lite 4G plan. In return, Meteor will give you 1GB of data, 100 minutes and unlimited texts.

The catch here is you’ll need to pay €549 up-front for the Samsung Galaxy S8. But that then means you’ll only pay a total of €1,269 over your 24-month contract.

Who’s it for?

You barely use your phone or only use it on WiFi, but still want the best phone on the market.

Regular Extra 4G

This is a great middle-of-the-road plan, arguably one of the best in the Irish market. This 24-month contract will cost you €45 per month. You’ll get 10GB of data, 400 minutes and unlimited texts. Meteor also include roaming with this plan.

The up-front cost is a little high to offset your monthly savings, so you’ll pay €449 in-store. This means you’ll pay a total of €1,529 during your 24-month contract.

Who’s it for?

You don’t mind paying a little more up-front to manage a lower monthly payment.

Super Extra 4G and Super Deluxe Extra 4G

Meteor has this weird approach to pricing where both of their top plans have the same up-front cost for the phone. The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs €349 on both Super Extra 4G and Super Deluxe Extra 4G. The monthly cost for these plans is €55 and €65 respectively. You’ll get unlimited calls, unlimited texts on both plans. The only real difference comes in the data allowance. Super Extra 4G gives you 15GB of data every month while Super Deluxe Extra 4G gives you 30GB.

Over 24-months, you’ll pay a total of €1,669 for Meteor’s €55 per month plan and €1,909 for their €65 per month plan.

Who are these plans for?

There’s not much difference between these plans, but you’ll know yourself if you need the extra kick of data.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S8 on eir

eir are often overlooked when it comes to mobile plans. That’s mainly because they will push their home broadband and TV on you like crazy. They may deny this to the death, but you can actually get just a phone from them. Here’s your options:

Select 1GB

eir’s entry level plan is similar to Meteor’s. Remember they are effectively the same network. As the name suggests, Select 1GB gives 1GB of data, 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data when roaming. All of this costs you €30 per month.

You’ll pay €499 up-front for the phone, which is a €50 saving versus the same price range on Meteor. Over the full 24-month contract you’ll pay a total of €1,219, which isn’t too bad.

 

Who’s it for?

If you’re an eir customer already and don’t use your phone too much they are certainly worth a thought. If you’re thinking about Meteor, you should definitely consider eir.

eir Select 10GB

You’ll see huge similarities between Meteor and eir’s plans, continuing with Select 10GB. Costing €45 per month for 24-months, you get 10GB of data, 400 minutes and unlimited texts. The nice bonuses with this over the cheaper plan is 1GB of EU roaming and selected social networks not counting towards your usage.

You’ll be paying €399 up-front, which is again a €50 saving versus Meteor’s pricing. Over the course of your contract, you’ll pay a total of €1,479.

Who’s it for?

You love social media, travel the odd time and rather pay more today than every month. Like the previous plan, if you’re considering Meteor, you should probably take this plan instead.

Select 15GB and Select 30GB

Yeah, the creativity is rife in eir. On both of these plans, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will set you back €299. The plans themselves cost €55 and €65 per month for Select 15GB and Select 30GB respectively. Again, both plans unlimited calls and texts with data allowances being the big difference. I’m sure you can work the allowances out from the names.

1GB EU Roaming is included, so unfortunately the allowance doesn’t increase with your monthly cost.

Over 24-months, Select 15GB will set you back €1,619 and Select 30GB will cost you €1,859.

 

Who are these plans for?

If you’re an eir customer who likes their data or a Meteor customer looking for move, eir is worth a shout. Just remember, if your complaints about Meteor are coverage related, it won’t be any better on eir.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S8 on iD Mobile

iD Mobile is effectively Carphone Warehouse. As you can see above, they are one of the most popular places for pre-orders, even though they charge €50. I suppose that’s okay as it comes off your up-front cost. iD Mobile is pretty unique too as you build your plan to suit you. Here are two popular combinations of plan to show you how much you’ll pay for the Samsung Galaxy S8 on iD Mobile.

100 minutes, 100 texts and 20GB of data

The cool thing about this relatively unknown network is that you cut out what you don’t need. Nowadays, most people are barely using their phones for calls at all. The plan cost on this plan is €20 per month, but that doesn’t include the phone. Assuming you want a 24-month contract, this will cost you an additional €27 per month. You’ll be paying €250

Assuming you want a 24-month contract, this will cost you an additional €27 per month. You’ll be paying €250 up-front for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and then €47 per month for 24-months. Over the 24-months, you’ll pay a grand total of €1,378.

Who’s it for?

You only want to pay for stuff you’ll use and are willing to take a punt on a relatively unknown network.

500 minutes, 500 texts and 20GB of data

This is iD Mobile’s ‘all bells and whistles’ plan. The plan itself costs €29 per month, for 24-months. Add in the €27 per month for the phone and you’ll be paying €56 per month for two years. In total, you’ll pay €1,594 on this plan with iD Mobile. Don’t forget, during your 24-month contract, you can tweak your allowances which will reduce the €27 per month.

Who’s it for?

You’re heavy phone user who could be looking to change their allowances in the near future.

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Pre-order a SIM free Samsung Galaxy S8

SIM free is usually a little bit more expensive for the phone itself, but you’re not tied to a network. Whether or not SIM free is better value for you or not is down to your usage, but still it’s worth considering. The only thing is that it’s really hard to find places selling flagship phones SIM free. But there is one.

Get the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Littlewoods Ireland

Littlewoods is unlikely to be the first place that comes to mind when you think about buying the latest phones. They are selling the Galaxy S8 for €959.99. It’s important to note that when you buy SIM free, you’re not getting the discount on the handset that networks usually get you.They do that because they’ll make the money back on your monthly spend.

Littlewoods do offer varies ways of spreading the cost of the phone out over periods of time too, so it’s worth a look if your sick of contracts. While Littlewoods are calling this a pre-order, you won’t get the phone early.

Who’s it for?

You hate contracts and don’t mind paying full whack for the latest tech.

With no shortage of choice, you still have a few days to decide where to place your pre-order. Personally, I’d be going for the likes of €45 per month on Three. For my needs, it’s the best plan of the lot, but everyone has very different needs. Don’t forget to consider getting phone insurance too. Just look at those prices over two years. It’s a big investment and a good idea to protect it.

As always, if you’ve any questions, pop on over to our Facebook page and drop us a Messenger chat. We’re more than happy to give you a steer.

  • Richie Bowen

    Non of these are deals. Littlewoods add 20% to everything they sell. In the UK you get the S8 Free on 2 year contracts and if you live in the US you get the Gear VR free with it. Or for 99 dollars get the Gear VR, 256mb card and over ear 250 dollar headphones, called the immersive pack. So again where are the deals?

    • Martin

      Hey Richie, we were only focusing on bringing you what was available in Ireland. We’d be worried that US models could possibly be GEO locked.

    • Martin Pea Meany

      Hey Richie. Totally see where you’re coming from. This article was just to focus on the immediate options in Ireland. We agree, there does seem to be a lack of “deals” – we usually get the likes of free VRs etc.