Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Has An Expensive, Nasty Surprise
“Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Has An Expensive, Nasty Surprise”: Galaxy S9 pre-orders have started for Samsung’s deceptively well-updated (if controversial) smartphone and will hit stores on March 16. But read the little print of Samsung and there is a nasty surprise there that can hit your wallets with difficulty, and maybe even make you cancel your upgrade plans…
‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns that investigate the best features / biggest issues hidden in the headlines.
The credit for this eagle eye-catcher goes to the reader Ruth Cosby, who drew my attention to a “genuinely hidden and unpleasant surprise” in Samsung’s Galaxy S9 price: you could end up paying almost 40% more on the phone than you think. And the same is true for the Galaxy S9 Plus higher; you can pay 33% more than the listed price.
It all boils down to a clause in the contract you sign up to buy directly from Samsung.
Marketed throughout the site is ‘Samsung Upgrade’. This gives you the privilege to “Get the most recent Galaxy Phone each year” and is the default installment choice when you endeavor to arrange the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9 Plus, regardless of whether you have requested it. Choose and you even said that the “total” is the standard price for the phones ($ 720 or $ 840), but Premium Care was added “in separate funding terms.”
Care Premium is not listed as part of the “total” but will cost an additional $ 11.99 per month over a two-year period. The first month is free, so 23 payments total an additional $ 276. If you want to know more about this, Samsung states:”
“Samsung’s Galaxy S9”: Also, if you make this claim by accident, then because the first month of Premium Care is free, you will not notice it on your billing. You will be in the second month, but then you have already passed the 30 day return window. Samsung also retains the right to increase Premium Care’s monthly cost at any time with 30 days notice.
If you are careful and read the terms and conditions of Samsung Premium Care (all 3,000 words of it), you should not get caught. But obviously, many buyers do not take these precautions.
All of which makes the purchase of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus more dangerous than customers have the right to expect.
Only T-Mobile and Samsung are selling these models at their actual retail prices and the old one blocks you to T-Mobile, while the latter requires you to make careful buying choices. Then, AT and T, Sprint and Verizon are pointlessly climbing costs up to $ 75 over influencing you to sign a multi-year contract.
“Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Has An Expensive, Nasty Surprise”: This leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus are substantially more intelligent redesigns than a considerable measure of press scope that offered credit to Samsung, however requesting them is cleared with entanglements and is probably going to embrace a noteworthy number of potential purchasers.