Cheap Samsung Deals: Best Galaxy S8, S7, S6 Offers

Cheap Samsung Deals: Best Galaxy S8, S7, S6 Offers


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iPhones Samsung’s flagship smartphones aren’t Moneysaving but if you’ve got your heart set on one then read our tips to help you minimise the cost.

Here we’re concentrating on Samsung’s top-end smartphones, the recently launched Galaxy S8 and predecessors the S7 and S7 Edge. If you’re after iPhone tips and tricks, check out our Cheap iPhones guide.

19 need-to-knows, including…

The top Samsung mobile need-to-knows

These tips could slice £100s more off your mobile bill. Starting with choosing the right tariff and handset, our guide takes you through cheap Sim-only options, plus it’ll dial down your mobile insurance costs.

If you’re not bothered about having the latest smartphone, and you want a MoneySaving mobile, read the Cheap Mobiles guide for tips on how to minimise your bills.

Find the right phone for you

Samsung tends to launch its new flagship handsets around springtime each year, they’re likely to be faster than their predecessors and you can generally expect an upgrade to most of its features too.

However, they are unlikely to be cheap so the decision whether to grab one can be difficult. Below we’ve got a full round-up to help you find the right handset for you.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Buy a handset upfront and save

Unless you’re a heavy user, a standalone handset with a Sim-only deal can often be the cheapest option. There are many one-month rolling contract Sim-only deals available, so you’re not tied in – you only pay for what you use. See Sim-only deals for the best.

Already have a Sim-only deal from an old phone? Unless you buy a handset for that network, to put it in a new handset you’ll need to “unlock” it from its pre-set network provider. For some phones this can be free, or it could cost up to £30 – for more info, see Mobile Unlocking.

You can get cheap handsets from retailers such as Argos or Use the MegaShopBot to quickly compare prices.

Get a cheap Sim-only deal

If you’ve already got your Samsung phone, either a new standalone handset or a cheap second-hand one, you’ll need a Sim-only tariff.

The big plus is Sim-only contracts are usually cheaper, and shorter. Also, you won’t pay a hidden extra monthly cost for the handset, so your tariff price and overall costs will usually drop. It does mean a large initial outlay though.

For a full list of the networks’ best Sim-only offerings see Sim-only top picks.

Sneaky app gets you more from your data allowance

Heavy downloaders could end up paying out BIG if they exceed their download allowance. Some providers charge as much as 20p/MB if you go over your inclusive data limit.

Onavo Android app

Try the free app Onavo, which says it compresses data when web-browsing and using other apps such as Facebook and Twitter. This means the same amount of surfing will only use a fraction of your data allowance, avoiding any hefty fees.

More info about Onavo

Sell your old phone to fund your new one

Selling your old mobile could help you recoup some of the cost of your new one. There are two ways you can do this:

Flog your mobile for more

There’s huge demand for second-hand mobiles, so it’s very much a seller’s market. Therefore, perhaps unsurprisingly, eBay* should be your first port of call if you’re willing to put in a bit of (virtual) legwork. At the time of writing, an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 in decent nick could fetch around £300.

Flog your mobile in a hurry

If you want a guaranteed amount of cash to put towards your next handset (or something else entirely), mobile recycling sites are an easy option.

To save you the hassle of going door-to-door, sites like CompareMyMobile* and SellMyMobile* compare how much each of the big players will offer for your old phone, whether it’s working or broken. Usually you’ll get less than what you’d get if you listed the phone on eBay. For example, the most you’d get for recycling a Galaxy S6 is around £150.

Consider a secondhand or refurbished handset

Don’t forget to check out second-hand models on eBay* and refurbished ones directly from your network. Make sure it’s unlocked (see Mobile Unlocking for full info) though, so you can take advantage of super-cheap Sim-only tariffs.

Be warned though, you’ll miss out on manufacturer warranties.

Watch out for auto-insurance

Some retailers automatically try to add insurance to a mobile phone contract when you sign up online, regardless of whether you want it or not.

This has stung quite a few MSE users, so be sure to read all the small print, thoroughly, before clicking the ‘buy’ button.

These insurance policies are normally more expensive than standard insurance, and if there’s no ‘opt out’ option – you must remember to cancel it as soon as you get your phone.

If you cancel over the phone, ask the company to email you with confirmation of the cancellation, so you have it in writing too. Read the full Mobile Insurance guide for how to get the cheapest standalone mobile cover.

Protect your phone and its data

Sim card padlock

Losing your data, photos and contacts is a nightmare. Yet there are a number of easy ways to protect your mobile and data, many of which are free.

Regardless of how expensive your phone is, the info you’ve got stored on it can also be mega-valuable, and it’s a nightmare (and probably a lost cause) to retrieve contacts, photos, apps, games, messages back after losing a handset.

To beat this, free services can back up this crucial info before you lose it.

Back up your computer

Via your network provider

Old school pen and paper route

Make use of free Wi-Fi

Rather than using up your monthly download allowance, when you’re out and about, find a free Wi-Fi hotspot to use instead.

McDonald’s, Starbucks and Wetherspoon pubs all offer free Wi-Fi access, plus check My Hotspots, Free Hotspot, and Hotspot Locations for more. There are thousands of free, legal wireless hotspots around the UK. See free Wi-Fi for more info.

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