How to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, both unlocked and on every carrier

Buy a Note 8 from Samsung, and get a pair of $150 wireless headphones for free

how to buy the samsung galaxy note 8
The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s new Note series flagship, is finally here, and it’s a huge improvement over the ill-fated Note 7. It has an edge-to-edge display, a powerful processor, and the world’s first optically stabilized dual cameras — not to mention an S Pen stylus that lets you doodle all over the screen.

Samsung’s last Note launch certainly did not go as swimmingly as the company hoped, but there’s every indication that this time is different. For one thing, the Galaxy Note 8 was the most pre-ordered Note device in history. According to Reuters, pre-orders reached about 650,000 Note 8 handsets from almost 40 countries in the course of a five-day period following launch. The phone has been available from retailers since September 15.

Here’s how to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, including all the retailers and stores that will carry it.

How to buy an unlocked Galaxy Note 8

If you’d rather not snag a Galaxy Note 8 through a carrier, we have good news: Samsung has unlocked models available through a long list of retail partners. You’ll have to pay full price in many cases, but your Galaxy Note 8 won’t be tethered to a service or payment plan. For many, this is the preferred way to own a phone because you can use it on any service provider and resell it easier.

You can snag an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 from Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, and Target, or from Samsung’s online store. It starts at $930 for 64GB, but keep an eye out for any deals you can get with that. Samsung is well-known for throwing extra stuff in with purchases of its smartphones, so make sure to check our Samsung section directly below before deciding where to buy from (Samsung actually has a headphones deal going right now). An additional piece of tech like a wireless charger or Gear VR can sometimes outweigh a price slash!

In the U.S., you now buy the Galaxy Note 8 in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Deepsea Blue. Maple Gold remains an international exclusive for now.

How to buy a Note 8 directly from Samsung

Want to pick up your shiny new Galaxy Note 8 straight from the manufacturer? You’re in luck. Samsung is selling the Galaxy Note 8 to customers online now, and it’s throwing in free expedited shipping.

Samsung is also extending a special deal to former Note 7 owners. They’re eligible for an instant trade-in rebate of up to $425 when they upgrade their current phone to a Galaxy Note 8.

And that’s not all from the Korean company. Samsung is known for throwing in extra stuff whenever you buy a smartphone from them, from wireless chargers, to the incredible new DeX Station that turns your Note 8 into a desktop PC. At the moment, buying a Note 8 from Samsung nets you a free pair of $150 wireless AKG headphones — in addition to the $99 AKG earphones in the box. That’s a lot of audio options.

Buying from wireless carriers

If you’d rather not pay full price upfront for the Galaxy Note 8, there are always other options. Carriers and retailers offer monthly payment plans for people who qualify, and often throw in bonuses for customers who order early.

The full list of carriers selling the Note 8 includes AT&T, C Spire Wireless, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity Mobile.

How to buy a Note 8 on Verizon

The Note 8 is available for purchase at Verizon. Here’s what the carrier’s offering:

  • The Galaxy Note 8 costs $960, or a $40 per month for 24 months.
  • Customers can trade in their current smartphone for up to 50 percent off the Note 8’s retail price.

In addition, Verizon is offering $100 savings off the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch with a new two-year activation and $50 off the Samsung Power Bundle, which includes a wireless charging stand, portable power pack, and car charger.

How to buy a Note 8 on AT&T

The Note 8 is available for purchase at AT&T.

  • The Galaxy Note 8 starts at $950, or $31.67 per month for 30 months on AT&T Next. AT&T is offering up to $200 in trade-in credits in exchange for old smartphones.

AT&T is also extending limited-time deals to folks who add DirecTV service when they pick up a Galaxy Note 8:

  • Customers who add DirecTV get $500 off a Samsung TV.
  • Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note 8 on AT&T Next and add DirecTV get a free Galaxy Note 8.

As an added bonus, customers get the choice of a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch for $1 or Gear S3 for $50 on a two-year agreement.

How to buy a Note 8 on T-Mobile

The Note 8 is available for purchase at T-Mobile. If you’re a new or existing subscriber, you’ve got several choices:

  • The Galaxy Note 8 costs $820, or $30 per month for 24 months with a $100 down payment on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan.
  • T-Mobile Jump! On Demand customers pay $0 down and $39 per month for 24 months.

How to buy a Note 8 on Sprint

The Note 8 is available for purchase at Sprint. Here’s how you can get it:

  • The Galaxy Note 8 costs $360 to lease on Sprint Flex.
  • Customers on Sprint’s Galaxy Forever can upgrade to the Note 8 after 12 Sprint Flex payments.

How to buy a Note 8 on U.S. Cellular

The Note 8 is available for purchase at U.S. Cellular. If you switch to it from another carrier, you’re eligible for up to $300 in promotional credit.

How to pick it up from retailers

If you’d prefer to buy the Galaxy Note 8 in stores, don’t sweat it. Retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and Target are now selling the Galaxy Note 8.

Update: Customers who buy the Note 8 from Samsung can now also receive a free pair of $150 AKG wireless headphones.

Product Review

If price is top of mind, Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is the flagship phone to buy

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are joined with a new entry into the Galaxy S family -- the Galaxy S10e. It costs a little more than the original price of the Galaxy S9, but it’s meant to be the more affordable phone compared to the…
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S9: How much better is Samsung’s new flagship?

You'd naturally expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 to be better than last year's S9, but just how do the two phones differ? We break down the specs and compare Samsung's flagships in various categories to pick a winner.
Mobile

Here’s where you can buy the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most-anticipated phones of the year, offering a new chipset, beautiful display, and more. Now that the phone has been announced, however, you might be wondering where you can get it for yourself.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. S10 Plus vs. S10e vs. S10 5G: Which should you buy?

With four stunning Galaxy S10 phones to choose from, Samsung is bombarding us with choice, but which one should you buy? We compare the S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G in various categories to find out exactly how they differ.
Mobile

Samsung beefs up just about everything in its Galaxy S10 smartphone range

Samsung has unveiled its 2019 flagship smartphone lineup, and there aren't just two phones as usual -- there are four. There's the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, as well as a new entry called the S10e, as well as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Mobile

What we like and what we don’t like about the Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 takes the elegant design to new heights, boasts incredible screen and camera tech, and offers speedier connectivity, but we don’t like the price and a few other things. Here’s what we like and don’t like about…
Home Theater

Samsung Galaxy Buds first look: Are they ear candy or ear worm?

Samsung’s answer to the oddball design of Apple's AirPods is the new Galaxy Buds, which are cheaper, better looking, and bring some neat features. Can Galaxy Buds snuff out the AirPods?
Mobile

Samsung goes big with the next-gen Galaxy S10 5G smartphone

Samsung has announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show as it's among the first 5G-ready smartphones to hit the market.
Product Review

Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are its most refined yet. Be prepared to pay up

Samsung has unveiled its lineup for its most popular smartphones, and it includes the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. The two flagship phones boast hole-punch cameras, fingerprint sensors embedded in the display, and beefier batteries.
Mobile

Folding smartphones hinge on the success of the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Wearables

Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active can track your blood pressure

Looking for a new fitness buddy? Samsung just launched the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Fit, two new wearables with a raft of fitness-focused features that'll keep you moving and get you down the gym.
Mobile

Adobe Premiere Rush CC is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S10 this year

The Samsung Galaxy S10 boasts a number of hardware improvements over previous Samsung phones, but it also offers a few software improvements too. Adobe Premiere Rush CC, for example, is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S10 later this year.
Gaming

Samsung Galaxy S10 optimizations make it great for Fortnite

Samsung's new line of Galaxy S10 devices have been optimized for gaming. All three offer improved support for the Unity engine and the S10 Plus also offers vapor chamber cooling, similar to the Xbox One X.
Mobile

From folding phones to 5G -- here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked

Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event treated us to a real parade of technological excellence, from folding phones to new fitness wearables. Here's everything we saw at Galaxy Unpacked on February 20.