Earlier this morning, we explained why you should never… ever… under any circumstances… for any reason… buy a new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Samsung’s new flagship smartphones are fantastic, but pricing is an absolute mess. Things didn’t come together until the very last moment and as a result, pricing varies by as much as $90 depending on where you buy the phones — and the discrepancy is the same whether you buy them outright or choose a monthly payment plan.

Long story short, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all want to rip you off. Each one of them is charging more than Samsung’s suggested retail price for both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Whether you pay in full or choose a financing plan, you’ll pay inflated prices at any of those three carriers. On the other hand, you can pay up front or finance a factory unlocked phone from Samsung and save between $70 and $90. Samsung is definitely the way to go if you plan to buy a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, unless you place your order at Best Buy on one specific day this week.

First, a quick refresher so that we can all be reminded that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are awful:

  • Samsung: $720 for the Galaxy S9, $840 for the Galaxy S9+
  • Verizon: $800 for the Galaxy S9, $930 for the Galaxy S9+
  • AT&T: $790 for the Galaxy S9, $915 for the Galaxy S9+
  • T-Mobile: $720 for the Galaxy S9, $840 for the Galaxy S9+
  • Sprint: $792 for the Galaxy S9, $912 for the Galaxy S9+

With the exception of T-Mobile, every major US carrier out there wants to screw customers who plan to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+. Fortunately, you can buy factory unlocked models from Samsung that will work with any carrier, and you’ll pay just $30 per month for the Galaxy S9 or $35 per month for the S9+.

But there’s an even cheaper option.

This coming Friday, March 2nd, Best Buy has a special one-day sale going that will save you $100 when you preorder any Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ for Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. This way, instead of getting ripped off by your carrier, you’ll actually save as much as $30 on your purchase. You can find more details right here on the Best Buy website.

Remember, this is a special one-day offer that’s only good on March 2nd, which is the first day of Galaxy S9 and S9+ preorder availability. Also of note, people who take advantage of this offer are still eligible for the Galaxy S9/S9+ trade-in promotion, which earns you a credit of up to $350 when you trade in an eligible smartphone.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.