Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S III got its official launch today. All three major Australian carriers — Optus (and its Virgin subsidiary), Telstra and Vodafone — are selling it from lunchtime today, but who has the best deal for you? We’ve rounded them all up here.
A general supply note: the “marble white” model is on sale through carriers right now, but “pebble blue” won’t be available until next week at the earliest
Vodafone is offering both 16GB and 32GB models. It is doubling the amount of included data for the first 12 months of the contract. (We’ll add the full range of 32GB prices in due course.)
Existing Optus customers can score a discount on the handset charges with some plans, but we’ve quoted the full prices below. Customers who buy before the end of July can also earn double the usual number of Qantas Frequent Flyer points earned (six per dollar) for the life of the two-year contract. That doesn’t apply on the Virgin Mobile deals, which also seem to be 16GB only.
Telstra is coming to the party as well. It too only appears to be selling the 16GB model. (Note that per our usual convention, we’ve separated Telstra’s standard monthly charge for all plans from what you have to pay to get a handset to make comparisons more straightforward.)
Here are all the 24-month contract plans announced today, complete with total cost over 24 months. Only Vodafone appears to be offering the phone on a 12 month contract right now. The official local outright buy price for the 16GB model is $899, though I bet you can find it cheaper with a bit of shopping around. We’ll update if we encounter additional plans. You can sort and filter this table to pick the options you want.
Obviously, carrier availability in your area and other plan features (such as data) will influence your choice. Here are the relevant information pages for each carrier: