Note 9 Pre-order Deals: Free wireless charger and £200 trade-in offers

Note 9 Pre-order Deals: After plenty of anticipation, the covers are finally off Samsung’s flagship new phablet, the Note 9. We’ve rounded up some of the best pre-order options if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on one.

The Note 8 of last year turned out to be one of our favourite smartphones of 2017. In fairness, after the disastrous Note 7 it really had to be good. Now the Note 9 has a lot to live up to but from what we’ve seen this could well be a more than worthy follow-up.

Samsung has announced that the 128GB base model of the Note 9 will have a SIM-free price of £899, whereas the larger 512GB model will have a SIM-free price of £1,099. If forking out that much isn’t feasible, scroll down for some of the pre-order options available on contract. There’s a range of added incentives including free wireless chargers, DEX cables and massive £200 bonus trade-ins if you want rid of an older phone.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more information on the Galaxy Note 9, otherwise keep reading for some of the pre-order deals that have been announced so far for this fabulous phablet.

We’ll keep this page updated as more pre-order Note 9 deals are announced.

Note 9 Pre-order Deals

Note 9 Pre-order – Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse has a range of pre-order options across the network, and you also get a free Samsung Wireless Charging Stand worth £49.99 included for free. What’s more, you can also receive an additional £200 bonus on the trade-in value for select phones including the Note 2 and the Galaxy S7.

Note 9 Pre-order – Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has a great range of options without any upfront cost. There’s even a rare unlimited calls, messages and data tariff. It’s also currently doubling the data on its 20GB package. If you’re willing to opt into a longer 36 month contract you also pay less each month.

Virgin Mobile also has a similar but more inclusive trade-in offer than Carphone Warehouse, where you get £200 guaranteed whenever you trade-in any smartphone towards a Galaxy Note 9. That’s on top of the trade in value of whatever phone you want rid of, too. To find out more about this trade-in offer, visit this page.

24 month contracts:

36 month contracts:

Note 9 Pre-order – Three

Three’s tariffs have a relatively low upfront cost and high data options if you need them, going up to a staggering 100GB for power users. Maybe a good option for anyone looking to play a lot of Fortnite on the move.

Note 9 Pre-order – EE

EE has a trade-in offer that lets you trade-in an old Samsung model to wipe off the upfront cost. This being EE, you also get 24 months of BT Sport Mobile thrown in.

Note 9 Pre-order – Vodafone

Vodafone has a range of tariffs including some bumped up data options including 20GB instead of 4GB and 50GB instead of 10GB.

The 50GB and 60GB packages also includes Red Entertainment, meaning you also get 24 months of either Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Now TV or Sky Sports Mobile, which seriously adds to the value.

Note 9 Pre-order – Sky Mobile

Sky has a range of tariffs that include Sky Piggybank. This lets you rollover any unused data each month into your ‘piggybank’. You can then use this whenever you want for the next three years. Right now, Sky Mobile is also starting you off with 10GB of bonus free data in your Sky Piggybank.

Note 9 Pre-order – has a whole range of great value tariffs across both EE and O2 available for pre-order and ready for delivery on August 24th. You also get a free wireless charger and DEX cable included for any pre-orders.

Note 9 Pre-order – has some great middle-of-the-road contracts that give you high-data and no upfront cost but do have a monthly fee that’s a bit higher than some of the cheaper alternatives on this list.

What’s new with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

On the surface, the design is more an evolution of the Note 8, rather than revolution, much like the move from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9. That said, the Note 8 was already a good-looking phone so only small improvements were needed to keep the design feeling fresh.

The bezel around the screen has been made thinner, so the Note 9 is actually a fraction smaller than its predecessor, yet now has a larger 6.4-inch screen. That’s a great size for productivity and entertainment, two of the things that people want if opting for a larger phablet phone. It’s still a quad-HD (1440 x 2960) AMOLED display that supports HDR, too.

Another most welcome change is moving the fingerprint sensor below the camera lens on the rear, making it far less awkward to use. The phone remains as IP68 rated, so will happily survive water to depths of 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

Otherwise, you can expect the usual performance upgrades with a newly refreshed phone. There’s now either a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 8910 processor inside (the former being used in models sold in the US), which should really bump up the Note 9’s speed. Storage options now go all the way up to 512GB, too, which can be paired with a microSD so you can have a massive amount of storage if you need. The Note 9 also now has up to 8GB of RAM if you opt for the highest spec model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Ocean Blue/yellow S Pen logo closeup (wide) press image

The other upgrade is to the battery, which is now a larger 4000mAh cell. The battery life of the Note 8 was a little underwhelming, so the increased capacity should hopefully mean better endurance.

Camera performance is what most people now care about when picking up a new phone, and the good news is that the Note 9 takes much of what made the Galaxy S9 Plus’ cameras great. It’s got the same dual-aperture lenses that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the lighting conditions, dual-pixel focusing and a secondary sensor for 2x zoom.

The S-Pen of course makes a return, but this time it’s been upgraded with Bluetooth. That means you can use it for a range of functions, including controlling presentations from across the room or as a wireless shutter button for the camera. Smart.

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How to choose the best Note 9 deal

Decide on your data

Nowadays, data allowance is the big difference between contract offers. Call minutes and text allowances have become largely inconsequential, so much so you’ll find tariffs more often than not just giving you an unlimited amount of each.

The most important factor (beyond price) is the amount of data you’re allowed each month. Everything from browsing the web, streaming music or video, or using messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger all use your data allowance. If you run out of data that can mean seriously limiting how you can use your phone each month, that is unless you’re willing to pay for some extra data for the month. Often in this case you end up paying through the nose.

For this reason, you’ll want to get your data requirements right when you first sign up for a new contract. If you’re only a light user, such as light browsing and using messaging apps, but not necessarily streaming a lot of video, a data allowance between 4GB to 10GB should likely suffice. If you find yourself streaming a lot of video, such as on Netflix, or want to tether your laptop to your phone to share the data connection, you’ll likely want to have at least 15GB of data each month, if not more. It really doesn’t hurt to have more just in case.

We consistently see high data contracts costing the same as low data options, or only slightly more. So it’s worth having a look to see if you can get more data or your money. You never know if your circumstances might change, such as discovering you just have to binge a new Netflix show on your daily commute. Better safe than sorry.

Upfront cost or no upfront cost?

So your phone contract is typically broken down by your phone’s upfront cost – which is the amount you’re contributing towards the cost of the phone at the outset – and the monthly cost. As a contract is usually 24 months, you can consider the total cost of ownership (TCO) as upfront cost + (monthly cost x 24). The networks have essentially factored in the remaining cost of the phone into your monthly charge, so you gradually pay off the phone.

Typically, you’ll find your TCO is lower if you’re able to pay a higher upfront cost at the beginning. This also usually reduces your monthly outlay for your phone contract. But paying a chunk of cash at the beginning isn’t for everyone, so some contracts have very low or zero upfront costs, which then lets you spread the cost of the phone over 24 months. Even if this means you’re paying slightly more after 24 months this might be a worthwhile option if it’s the only way you’ll bag the phone of your dreams.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Midnight Black (wide) press image

Check the network coverage

Before you potentially pick a new phone network provider, you’ll want to make sure you have good network coverage wherever you need it. This is for both phone calls and 4G data. You should start by checking your home and work addresses. Poor coverage can particularly be a problem in more rural areas.

Check the links below to see which of the main providers offer the best coverage for you:

Keep your old number

While you might take out a new contract, you don’t have to give up the old phone number you’ve had memorised for the past few years. Simply ask your old network provider for something called a PAC code, which you can then provide to your new provider. This stands for Port Authorisation Code and essentially gives permission for your phone number to be transferred over. It usually takes about a day for this to happen but it won’t cost you anything.

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