The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s new Note series flagship, is finally here, and it’s a huge improvement over the ill-fated Note 7. It has an edge-to-edge display, a powerful processor, and the world’s first optically stabilized dual cameras — not to mention an S Pen stylus that lets you doodle all over the screen.
Samsung’s last Note launch may not have gone as swimmingly as the company hoped, but there’s every indication that this time will be different. For one thing, the Galaxy Note 8 is officially the most pre-ordered Note device in history. According to Reuters, pre-orders reached about 650,000 Note 8 handsets from almost 40 countries in the course of a five-day period following launch. Pre-orders are now over, and the phone is officially available at retailers.
Here’s how to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, including all the retailers and stores that will carry it.
How to buy an Unlocked Galaxy Note 8
If you’d rather not snag a Galaxy Note 8 through a carrier, we have good news: Samsung has unlocked models available through a long list of retail partners. You’ll have to pay full price in many cases, but your Galaxy Note 8 won’t be tethered to a service or payment plan. This is the preferred way to own a phone because you can use it on any service provider and resell it easier.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The Galaxy Note 8 is now available in the U.S. As of September 15, you can walk in your local carrier store or brick-and-mortar retailer and pick up a Galaxy Note 8.
- In the U.S., the Galaxy Note 8 is only available in two colors. You can only buy the Galaxy Note 8 in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray. Maple Gold and Deep Sea Blue remain international exclusives for now.
How to buy a Note 8 directly from Samsung
Want to pick up your shiny new Galaxy Note 8 straight from the manufacturer? You’re in luck. Samsung is selling the Galaxy Note 8 to customers online now, and it’s throwing in free expedited shipping.
Samsung’s extending a special deal to former Note 7 owners. They’re eligible for an instant trade-in rebate of up to $425 when they upgrade their current phone for a Galaxy Note 8.
Buying from wireless carriers
If you’d rather not pay full price up front for the Galaxy Note 8, there are always other options. Carriers and retailers offer monthly payment plans for people who qualify, and often throw in bonuses for customers who order early.
How to buy a Note 8 on Verizon
The Note 8 is available for purchase at Verizon.
Here’s what the carrier’s offering:
- The Galaxy Note 8 costs $960, or a $40 per month for 24 months.
- Customers can trade in their current smartphone for up to 50 percent off the Note 8’s retail price.
In addition, Verizon’s offering $100 savings off the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch with a new two-year activation and $50 on the Samsung Power Bundle, which includes a wireless charging stand, portable power pack, and car charger.
How to buy a Note 8 on AT&T
The Note 8 is available for purchase at AT&T.
- The Galaxy Note 8 starts at $950, or $31.67 per month for 30 months on AT&T Next. AT&T’s offering up to $200 in trade-in credits in exchange for old smartphones.
AT&T is also extending limited-time deals to folks who add DirecTV service when they pick up a Galaxy Note 8:
- Customers who add DirecTV get $500 off a Samsung TV.
- Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note 8 on AT&T Next add DirecTV get a free Galaxy Note 8.
How to buy a Note 8 on T-Mobile
The Note 8 is available for purchase at T-Mobile. If you’re a new or existing subscriber, you’ve got several choices:
- The Galaxy Note 8 costs $930, or $30 per month for 24 months with a $210 down payment on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan.
- T-Mobile Jump! On Demand customers pay $0 down and $39 per month for 24 months.
How to buy a Note 8 on Sprint
The Note 8 is available for purchase at Sprint.
Here’s how you can get it:
- The Galaxy Note 8 costs $360 to lease on Sprint Flex. Customers who switch from another carrier get 50 percent off the lease price and pay $20 per month for 18 months.
- Customers on Sprint’s Galaxy Forever can upgrade to the Note 8 after 12 Sprint Flex payments.
How to buy a Note 8 on U.S. Cellular
The Note 8 is available for purchase at U.S. Cellular. If you switch to it from another carrier, you’re eligible for up to $300 in promotional credit.
How to pick it up in stores
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