O2 is now taking pre-orders for the new flagships coming out – the new Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One M9 – and they are throwing in a free FitBit Charge with your purchase. The new phones can be purchased online or over the phone using O2's Refresh tariff. The way the system works is the customer pays a 'down payment' on the device and then pays it off over a period of several months and then customers are immediately allowed to change devices whenever they want. Please keep in mind that all pre-orders will set you back £49.99 (US$73.81) for a deposit, but will get the free FitBit Charge fitness tracker with your purchase. Also, all estimates will stay in force until O2 announces new tariffs on March 26.
The Samsung and HTC flagships are available for a range of prices, depending how many minutes, text bundles and the amount of data for the month. As an example, you can pick yourself up a Samsung Galaxy S6 for only £38 (US$56.10) per month as long as get the 32GB model with the unlimited minutes, text and 2GB of data. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge could run you £48 (US$70.87) per month for the 64GB model with the same plan of unlimited minutes, texts and 2GB of data. The upfront costs, or down payment, on the Galaxy S6 Edge is £99 (US$146.17) – we do not know what the upfront cost will be on the Galaxy S6, but we would assume it would be slightly cheaper.
If you are looking for something different from the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, O2 is also offering the new flagship from HTC, the new One M9. There is an upfront cost of £49.99 (US$73.81) and then a monthly fee of £38 (US$56.10) on the unlimited minutes, text and 2GB of data plan.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are brand new from the ground up – totally new construction, new 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor, new DDR4 Ram and UFS 2.0 Flash Memory – designed and made by Samsung. Samsung did go to a non-removable battery and did away with the microSD card slot, but is now offering 32GB/64GB/128GB models.
The new HTC One M9 looks very similar to the One M7 and One M8, but there are two ways to tell it apart from the crowd – HTC designed a new lip around the middle of the perimeter to help in gripping the device and if you look on the back, you will notice the camera has been changed. Gone is the Duo Camera and the 4MP UltraPixel main camera and it is replaced with a 20.7MP main shooter and they moved the 4MP UltraPixel to the front.