With Samsung's Aug. 13 global launch of its new flagship Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 smartphones, all four major U.S. mobile carriers have now announced preorder and shipment programs for the new handsets.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Note 5 share the same basic platform, including 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED displays, 4GB of RAM—up 1GB from previous versions—and more powerful octa-core Exynos 7420 processors. Also included on both models are a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5MP front camera with additional improvements such as a quick launch feature to capture photos faster with fewer finger taps to unlock the phones. The phones include 32GB or 64GB of built-in non-expandable storage. Both devices are extensions of existing flagship models introduced earlier by the company.
AT&T preorders are available immediately and devices will ship Aug. 21. AT&T is offering the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in Black Sapphire or Gold Platinum for $0 down on AT&T Next 24, 18, and 12 purchasing plans. The 64GB model will cost $30.50 a month for 30 months ($915 total), $38.13 a month for 24 months ($915.12 total) or $45.75 per month for 20 months (total $915). The 32GB version will sell for $27.17 per month for 30 months (total $815.10), $33.96 a month for 24 months (total $815.04) or $40.75 a month for 20 months (total $815).
The new Galaxy Note 5 is available in Black Sapphire or White Pearl for $0 down on AT&T's purchasing plans. The 64GB Note 5 is $28 a month for 30 months (total $840), $35 a month for 24 months (total $840) or $42 a month for 20 months (total $840). The 32GB Note 5 is $24.67 a month for 30 months (total $740.10), $30.84 a month for 24 months (total $740.16) or $37 a month for 20 months (total $740).
AT&T is also offering a limited time $300 bill credit promotion to DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse TV customers who switch their wireless lines to AT&T when buying one of the new handsets. A $200 trade-in credit is also available to customers who trade-in an eligible smartphone on one of the new devices.
Existing AT&T customers who upgrade to or buy a Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Note5 on AT&T Next are eligible for a minimum $200 trade-in credit on an eligible smartphone trade-in.
In addition, new customers who switch to AT&T from another carrier and buy one of these phones on an AT&T Next plan will receive a $100 bill credit and $200 buyback credit when they trade in a smartphone, according to AT&T. All of the special promotions end on Aug. 27.
Sprint is offering preorders for the new phones with shipments beginning immediately for devices ordered on Sprint's Website, while they will be available in Sprint retail stores and other stores starting Aug. 21. Sprint customers who activate a Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 through a qualifying Sprint Lease or Sprint Easy Pay plan also will receive a $200 minimum credit when they trade in a working smartphone, an early upgrade at 12 months and a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with activation and a new two-year service agreement, according to the company.
Sprint customers can obtain the new phones through a Sprint Lease, Sprint Easy Pay, a two-year service agreement or without an annual contract. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ costs $792 without a contract for the 32GB model, or $888 for the 64GB model. With a two-year contract, the 32GB model is $349.99, while the 64GB model is $449.99. On a Sprint Lease, the 32GB model is $0 down and $30 a month or $35 a month for a 64GB model. Under Sprint's Easy Pay plans, a 32GB S6 Edge+ is $33 a month for 24 months (total $792), while the 64GB version is $37 a month for 24 months (total $888).
The Galaxy Note 5 costs $720 without a contract for a 32GB version, while the 64GB version is $816 from Sprint. With a two-year contract, the 32GB Note 5 is $249.99, while the 64GB model is $349.99. Under a Sprint Lease, the 32GB model is $0 down and $25 a month, while the 64GB model is $30 a month. Under the Easy Pay plan, a 32GB version is $30 a month for 24 months (total $720) or $34 a month for the 64GB model (total $816).
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available in Black Sapphire or Gold Platinum, while the Galaxy Note 5 will come in Black Sapphire or White Pearl.