It’s time to get excited about the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, two gorgeous, powerful smartphones that aim to impress with high-end specs and an attractive, brand-new design. Now, we finally know what everyone’s been waiting to hear: The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available to buy worldwide and on every major U.S. carrier on April 10.
Updated on 04-10-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in news of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge arriving in stores.
You can pick up a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge in 32GB, 64GB, or a huge 128GB configurations, which are all available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Blue Topaz. Pre-orders began on Friday, March 27, which was also when visitors at participating AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Samsung Experience Shops could get up close and personal with both handsets. Now, the phones are available for purchase in retail stores across the country, including Staples, most carriers, Best Buy, and other retailers.
Verizon preorders started on April 1, which was much later than everyone else. Verizon has the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in black, white, or gold. The 32GB model of the S6 and Edge will arrive on April 21, but the 64 and 128GB versions will be delayed until May 1. If you’re on a contract, you’ll have to pay the following prices for the Galaxy S6: $200 for 32GB, $300 for 64GB, or $400 for 128GB.
If you don’t have a contract, pricing starts at $600 and goes up to $800. You’ll have to pay installments of $25, $30, or $33 a month on the Edge plan. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge will cost $300, $400, or $500 with a contract, or $700, $800, and $900 off contract. On the Edge plan, you’ll pay $30, $33, or $37 a month for the Galaxy S6 Edge. You can preorder the Galaxy S6 here and the Galaxy S6 Edge here.
Verizon’s also got a few trade-in deals running, including a $100+ credit when you trade in any smartphone, $150 for a Samsung Galaxy S4, and $200 for a Samsung Galaxy S5.
Meanwhile, Sprint is practically giving the Galaxy S6 away, in hopes of reeling in some new customers. If you lease a Galaxy S6 with 32GB of memory on the Sprint Unlimited Plus plan, which costs $80 a month, you’ll get the phone for free after a $20 a month credit with the 24 month lease agreement. At the end of that time, though, you either have to turn it back into Sprint, or pay for it in full.
You can get the 64GB version of the Galaxy S6 for just $5 more a month on the same program, or the 128GB Galaxy S6 for $10 more. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge with a 24-month lease costs $5 after Sprint gives you the $20 per month lease credit. That’s much cheaper than you’ll find the Galaxy S6 and Edge anywhere else. Additionally, Sprint’s prepaid carrier Boost Mobile will have the 32GB Galaxy S6 on Friday, April 10, for $650 You can also get it in stores now.
At T-Mobile, the standard Galaxy S6 with 32GB of storage costs $0 down and $28.33 a month for 24 months. Meanwhile, the 64GB version costs $100 down and $27.50 a month for 24 months, and the 128GB model costs $200 and $27.50 a month for 24 months. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge costs a bit more, with the 32GB version costing $0 with 24 payments of $32.49. The 64GB model will run you a $100 and 24 payments of $31.66, and the 128GB model costs $200 with 24 payments of $31.66. Before you make your decision on where to buy the S6, remember T-Mobile will tempt you with one free year of streaming movies and TV from Netflix. You can now go get it at T-Mobile stores.
At AT&T the regular, 32GB Galaxy S6 starts at $22.84 a month on AT&T Next 24, while the 32GB Galaxy S6 Edge starts at $27.17 a month on AT&T Next 24. AT&T is also offering $50 off the Samsung Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones when you buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or another Galaxy S smartphone on an AT&T Next plan. You can now get the phone in AT&T stores.
Other carriers and retailer’s pricing
A number of prepaid carriers offer the Galaxy S6, but not the Edge, including Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS. Among the retailers that stock both handsets on launch day are Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart.
In the UK, Samsung opened preorders for both phones on March 20 through its own Experience stores, online, and with retail stores such as Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, Three, O2, and EE. The April 10 release date remained, but those ordering from Samsung’s Experience stores will be able to pick up their phones on April 9.
We got our hands on both, and here’s what we think about the phones so far.
Related: Our Galaxy S6 review