Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge NZ prices and plans compared

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones go on sale in New Zealand tomorrow. You can buy them from the three main mobile networks: Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and from the usual shops.

The 128GB phones are not officially on sale in New Zealand although some parallel importers may have them.

My usual advice is that should buy phones outright. They are often cheaper and cost less in the long run. You also have more flexibility to, say, switch networks if you need to.

Here are the official list prices. You may find better deals if you shop around, but don’t hold out for big savings on these phones, supplies are likely to be limited for the first few weeks.

Model Memory NZ List price
Galaxy S6 32GB $1100
64GB $1250
Galaxy S6 edge 32GB $1350
64GB $1500

If $1100 is too much for your budget, you can get good deals on the phones by buying one on a plan. You’ll end up paying more in the long run and there’s a danger you’ll buy more minutes or data than you need. It’s difficult to change once you are locked in and these contracts run for 24 months. On the other hand, it means you can get the phone now.

One special deal worth mentioning, Vodafone NZ is giving away Samsung headphones which is says are worth $299 to anyone buying a 24-month plan.

There’s something interesting going on at 2degrees. If I’ve read the company’s Samsung S6 marketing correctly, consumers are can buy a phone on 24-month terms for only a fraction more than the cost of buying a phone outright. Instead of bring-your-own-phone, the approach is more like bring-your-own-plan.

Normally I round deceptive .99 prices up, after all this is information, not marketing. That’s exactly what I’ve done in the list price table above. However, it gets too complicated in the case of phone plans, so here they are in all their glory:

Carrier Phone Up-Front Monthly Total cost Voice Minutes Data GB
Spark S6 32GB $499 $99 $2,875 Unlimited 5
$0 $139 $3,336 Unlimited 10
S6 64GB $649 $99 $3,025 Unlimited 5
$139 $139 $3,475 Unlimited 10
S6 edge 32GB $749 $99 $3,125 Unlimited 5
$249 $139 $3,585 Unlimited 10
S6 edge 64GB $899 $99 $3,275 Unlimited 5
$399 $139 $3,735 Unlimited 10
Vodafone S6 32GB $249 $99 $2,625 Unlimited 4.5
$0 $129 $3,096 Unlimited 7.5
TBA $169 TBA Unlimited 8
S6 64GB $399 $99 $2,775 Unlimited 4.5
$149 $129 $3,245 Unlimited 7.5
TBA $169 TBA Unlimited 8
S6 edge 32GB $499 $99 $2,875 Unlimited 4.5
$649 $129 $3,745 Unlimited 7.5
TBA $169 TBA Unlimited 8
S6 edge 64GB $649 $99 $3,025 Unlimited 4.5
$399 $129 $3,495 Unlimited 7.5
TBA $169 TBA Unlimited 8
2degrees S6 32GB 29 45 $1,109 0 0
29 84 $2,045 400 1.5
29 94 $2,285 Unlimited 2.5
S6 64GB 29 51 $1,253 0 0
29 90 $2,189 400 1.5
29 100 $2,429 Unlimited 2.5
S6 edge 32GB 29 55 $1,349 0 0
29 94 $2,285 400 1.5
29 104 $2,525 Unlimited 2.5
S6 edge 64GB 29 62 $1,517 0 0
29 101 $2,453 400 1.5
29 111 $2,693 Unlimited 2.5