Thursday, May 17, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 best prices compared

Samsung's latest super-phone is finally with us, packing an enormous 4.8-inch screen and quad-core processor. But where can you buy it the cheapest and what minutes, texts and data can you get with it? Orange has yet to announce its prices for the S3 so we'll keep this article updated with the best deals as they change. Save it in your bookmarks and come back for the latest news. SIM-free Galaxy S3 deal: £740 for 24 months, £680 for 18 months Buying the phone outright for £500 might seem extravagant, but it can be cheaper in the long-run and allows you to sell your handset -- unlocked -- to upgrade to a new one at any point. The 16GB S3 costs £500. Add a £10-per-month rolling SIM card from GiffGaff -- which includes 250 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data -- and you'll pay £740 over 24 months. That's much less than any of the 24-month contracts on offer. You can shop around for a new deal any time you want because you're not tied in, and your phone is unlocked, which is better if you ever want to sell it. If you don't have half a grand lying dormant, check out our favourite deals below. Cheapest 12-month Galaxy S3 deal: £651 Only Vodafone is offering 12-month contracts for the S3, so there's no competition for this deal. The cheapest one for the 16GB model will set you back £36 per month and demands £219 up front, costing you £651 over the whole 12 months. You'll get 300 minutes, unlimited texts but only 500MB of data. So you might want to look at better data deals if you're a serial downloader. Cheapest 18-month Galaxy S3 deal: £707 If you want to keep the contract to 18 months, Vodafone's tariff is the cheapest. It's £31 per month and you'll need to stump up £149 for the phone up front. The total cost over the year-and-a-half period is £707. For your money, you'll get 100 minutes, 500 texts and a frankly measly 250MB of data, so you'll want to look to add some extra if you plan on doing a lot of mobile surfing. Vodafone offers a 500MB bundle for £5, which brings the total to £797 over the 18 months. That's still fairly reasonable. Cheapest 24-month Galaxy S3 deal: £693 O2 comes in as the cheapest option for the 24-month deal, with an £18.50 per month contract, requiring you to pay £249.99 up front for the handset. It might be a lot up front, but that brings the total cost to £693 over the course of two years. For that, you'll get 200 minutes, unlimited texts and a pitiful 100MB of data, so you'll really want to add a bolt on package to this. Best free Galaxy S3 deal: £696 for 24 months Tesco manages to duck and dive around the other networks to come out the clear winner if you don't want to spend any money up front. It offers the phone for free (via O2, rather than its own Tesco Mobile network) on a £29-per-month contract, bringing the total to £696 per month over the two-year period. For that money, you'll get unlimited texts, 300 minutes and 100MB of data. To get the proper use of your new smartphone you'll no doubt need quite a bit more data, so you might be better off looking at more data-friendly plans. Three offers the phone for free on a £34 per month contract but with that you also get unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts so it might be a better option if you're a real phone addict. Priciest Galaxy S3 deal: £1,868.39 for 24 months If you've got more money than sense and just fancy throwing it around for a bit of a laugh, then grab the S3 on Vodafone on a £62-per-month tariff. That will get you the phone for free as well as 3,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data. It's for the 32GB model, so it might not be a terrible option if you really want the extra storage. wholesale accessoriesipod accessoriesipad accessoriesiphone accessories

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