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Galaxy S6 Prices Range From Zero to More Than $1,000

Contract, no-contract or monthly installments? Base-level S6 or top-of-the-line Galaxy S6 Edge?

Bonnie Cha

Now that we’ve gotten the Samsung S6 out of the box, how much does it cost?

Well, it depends. A lot.

Do you want the base-level S6 or the top-of-the-line S6 Edge? And are you looking to buy it outright, lease it, pay monthly installments or sign a two-year contract?

The different choices range from no money down and just $20 per month to lease a base model S6 from Sprint to more than $1,000 for an unsubsidized, no-contract, high-end S6 Edge from AT&T.

Some variance isn’t uncommon these days, given the number of ways we can get cellphones. But the range of the S6 line, combined with all the pricing options, creates one of the largest price diferentials seen so far. Apple’s iPhone 6 has nearly as much range, with some no-money-down lease and installment options all the way up to $949 for the iPhone 6 Plus with the maximum amount of memory.

As for the new Samsung models, Sprint is offering the lowest-price options, though to get those prices one is leasing the device rather than buying it and paying in installments.

Sprint is pairing its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge lease with an $80-per-month “unlimited plus” service plan that includes unlimited voice, talk and text as well as discounted international roaming in countries served by Telefonica. That $80-per-month also includes the lease of a base-model 32 gigabyte S6. A 64GB model costs an extra $5 per month, while the 128GB model costs $10 more per month. The S6 Edge starts at $85 per month with service. Sprint is also offering a “Family Share Plus Plan” that lets a family lease four Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones with unlimited talk and text and 20GB of shared data for $200 per month.

AT&T is offering the S6 and S6 Edge three ways: In monthly installments, subsidized in conjunction with a two year-contract and completely contract-free. The S6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract or $684.99 with no commitment, while the top-of-the-line S6 Edge is $499 with a two-year agreement and $1,014.99 without a contract. Monthly installments start at $22.84 per month on AT&T’s Next 24 program (which finances devices over 30 months).

T-Mobile is offering the S6 and S6 Edge through its standard interest-free installment device financing. The base model S6 is zero down and $28.33 per month for 24 months, while the top of the line S6 Edge is $199.99 down and $31.66 per month ($959.83 total). T-Mobile is also throwing in a year of free Netflix and promising to ship preorders before the devices officially go on sale.

Verizon isn’t sharing its pricing plans just yet.

You have a little time to decide, in any case. Preorders start tomorrow, but the device doesn’t hit store shelves until April 10.

Update, 12:37 p.m. PT: Verizon is ready with its pricing, and it is generally similar to AT&T on contract, though it meets that pricing only with a $50 mail-in debit card rebate. That said, it’s off-contract “full retail” pricing is significantly less that AT&T, starting at 599 for the base S6 and ranging up to $899 for the highest capacity Galaxy S6 Edge.

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