Pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 open at midnight, and if you’re balking at the $800 price, I have some good news for you. Sprint and AT&T, two of the carriers that are selling the Galaxy S9 for more than Samsung’s $720 asking price, have also rolled out promotions that let you get the Galaxy S9 for under $300. Now, these deals do have a whole bunch of strings attached, but if you have a fairly recent smartphone to trade in and no attachment to your current carrier, these deals are very real.

Both carrier deals rely on you trading in a current smartphone, much like Samsung’s own trade-in promo or that being offered by Best Buy. The trade-in requirement makes the deal a little less of a steal, since trade-ins normally undervalue the phone being traded in, but they are at least convenient.

AT&T

AT&T’s offer is good for up to $500 in bill credits, and it requires porting a line from a competitor and trading in a recent-model smartphone. The port-in credit is worth $150, while the trade-in credit is worth up to $350, depending on what phone you trade in. The list of eligible devices is:

Guaranteed minimum $350 when trading in a Samsung Galaxy S8 family or Note8; Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X; LG V30; Google Pixel 2/XL Phone
Guaranteed minimum $300 when trading in a Samsung Galaxy S7 family smartphone
Guaranteed minimum $200 when trading in any other smartphone with a catalog value of at least $20

Sprint

Sprint’s offer is shockingly similar: you get a $150 Visa prepaid card for switching your number to Sprint, and up to $350 off the new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ with a trade-in. Sprint’s list of eligible trade-ins is also very similar:

·         Tier 1: $350 (GS8, GS8+, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, iPhone X)

·         Tier 2: $250 (GS7, GS7 edge, GS7 Active, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus, LG v30+)

·         Tier 3: $150 (GS6, GS6 edge, GS6 edge +, GS6 Active, Note 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 plus, LG G6, LG v20, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL)

One thing worth bearing in mind for both of these offers is that both carriers are charging $790 for the Galaxy S9, and $915 for the Galaxy S9+. That’s significantly more than the $720/$840 that both Samsung and T-Mobile are charging for exactly the same phones. Samsung and T-Mobile both have similar trade-in deals, and if you combine the $360 that T-Mobile will give you for a trade-in (including devices that are as old as as the iPhone 6s) with the $70 you’re saving on the sticker price, the deals from Sprint and AT&T only put you $70 up on T-Mobile.

You can find the full list of carrier pre-order deals here.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.