Galaxy S4 contract pricing comparison

South Africa’s mobile network operators recently started selling the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is how their headlining contracts compare.

Samsung Galaxy S4 in hand

Mobile network operators in South Africa recently launched the Samsung Galaxy S4 on their networks, offering the device on a variety of contracts.

Off contract, the Galaxy S4 costs around R8,000, and none of the headline deals that networks are advertising have it for anything less than R399/month.

However, FNB does have a Cell C deal for its customers that is running until 30 June 2013 that costs R299 per month.

According to Samsung, the model being supplied to the retail channel in South Africa is the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S4
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
Weight 130g
Operating system Android 4.2.2
Display 5″ 1080p HD (1080×1920)
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 2MP
Storage, internal 32GB
Storage, expandable microSD (64GB)
RAM 2GB
Processor Exynos Octa 5410: 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7
Graphics PowerVR SGX 544MP
Battery 2,600mAh
Cellular data LTE and HSPA+ models
SIM type Micro SIM
NFC Yes

This model features the 8-core Exynos Octa chip, which contains a quad-core Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and a 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor.

The i9505 model which boasts a 1.9GHz quad-core processor and support for Long Term Evolution networks is due out in June 2013, Samsung said.

At the African launch event for the Samsung Galaxy S4 held in Johannesburg, Samsung said that a “price difference” of R300-R400 is expected between the i9505 and i9500.

The following table summarises the headlining contract deals on offer from South Africa’s mobile network operators:

Samsung Galaxy S4 contract pricing comparison
Package Monthly price Minutes/Airtime SMS Data
R399 and below
FNB Cell C R299 100 100 100MB
Cell C Straight Up 100 R399 100 100 1GB
MTN Anytime 200 R399 R200 + 30 on-net 200 200MB
R449 to R499
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 100 R449 100 5 for 50 1GB
Cell C Straight Up 200 R499 200 200 1GB
MTN Anytime 350 R499 R350 + 60 on-net 350 350MB
Vodacom Smart M pre-order R499 120 240 370MB*
Vodacom Smart S pre-order R469 75 150 325MB*
R599 to R649
Cell C Straight Up 400 R649 400 400 1GB
MTN Anytime 500 R599 R500 + 60 on-net 500 500MB
Vodacom Smart L pre-order R649 250 500 500MB*
R799 to R899
Cell C Straight Up 800 R899 800 800 1GB
MTN Anytime 750 R849 R750 + 180 on-net 750 750MB
Smart XL R799 400 800 700MB*
R999 to R1,269
MTN Anytime 1200 R,1269 R1,200 + 180 on-net 1,200 1.2GB
Vodacom Red Advantage R999 700 “Limitless” 700MB
R1,499 and over
Telkom Unlimited voice plan R1,499 Unlimited 0 2GB
MTN Anytime 1500 R1,549 R1,500 + 360 on-net 1,500 1.5GB
Red Premium R1,599 1,200 “Limitless” 1,200MB
Red VIP R1,999 “Limitless” “Limitless” 1,500MB
* Vodacom Smart S, M, L, and XL includes 250MB bonus data

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