Samsung Galaxy S5 South Africa pre-order price, pre-registrations open

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You can buy quite a nifty notebook for R10k. A notebook helps me to earn money, doubt if the S5, or any other phone for that matter, can do the same. My phone is used primarily to make calls with. I suspect most of the users of high-end cellphones rarely use more than 20% of it's capacity.
 

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You can buy quite a nifty notebook for R10k. A notebook helps me to earn money, doubt if the S5, or any other phone for that matter, can do the same. My phone is used primarily to make calls with. I suspect most of the users of high-end cellphones rarely use more than 20% of it's capacity.

Most people don't pay cash for a phone so they don't see it this way. At R450 over 2 years on a contract, which costs R135 without the device, people do the maths that the device "only" cost them R7,560 but without the upfront outlay.

And phones are used for more than just calls by many. Mine serves as a web browsing device, a chat device, a camera, a reading device, a GPS...
 

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I took a peek at the pre-orders. Are those only for new contracts with MTN? It has a tick box for new contract or additional contract. I am due an upgrade and wouldn't mind pre-ordering. Is it also cash only or will they negotiate a contract with you once you pre-order?
 

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Orange South Africa has pre-orders open for the black, blue, gold, and white models of the device at R9,815.

Why is Orange SA seemingly first out of the 'starting blocks' with this phone, but they stopped selling the Moto G ? Profit margins, I suspect.

What was the reason for them not continuing with the sale of the Moto G ? I've been keeping up to date with that thread, but a reason wasn't given, far as I can tell.
 

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Most people don't pay cash for a phone so they don't see it this way. At R450 over 2 years on a contract, which costs R135 without the device, people do the maths that the device "only" cost them R7,560 but without the upfront outlay.

And phones are used for more than just calls by many. Mine serves as a web browsing device, a chat device, a camera, a reading device, a GPS...

Exactly, just look at the data growth vs call growth.
http://www.southafrica.info/business/trends/newbusiness/cellphone-041213.htm
 

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And phones are used for more than just calls by many. Mine serves as a web browsing device, a chat device, a camera, a reading device, a GPS...

A year or two ago compared Vodacom's "phoneless" contracts with those that include contracts. The phones (at the time) were horrendously overpriced, even allowing for interest over 2 years.

I do all of that on a phone that cost just under R1000.

A friend of mine was with my then BIL when he bought a R200k watch. When they walked out of the shop he asked my BIL "How much faster does that watch go than my R1500 Seiko?"
 

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These chinese phones are looking more attractive by the day. You can get the ThL T200C for just over R3000 including duties:
MTK6592, Cortex A7 octa core, 1.7GHz; GPU: Mali-450 MP4 16GB 2GB, Corning III Gorilla glass, 1280 x 720 pixel, Dual Cameras, 5.0MP front camera, 13.0MP BS back camera with flashlight,Sony IMX135 lens. 2500mAh Battery. Yes the Samsung is better, but will you see such a difference that makes it worth R7000 more? apart from the battery I doubt it.
 

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A year or two ago compared Vodacom's "phoneless" contracts with those that include contracts. The phones (at the time) were horrendously overpriced, even allowing for interest over 2 years.

I do all of that on a phone that cost just under R1000.

A friend of mine was with my then BIL when he bought a R200k watch. When they walked out of the shop he asked my BIL "How much faster does that watch go than my R1500 Seiko?"

Well you shouldn't be buying a contract/phone through Vodacom in any case. They do try to get you to buy an expensive contract with little benefits or expensive out-of-bundle call charges just so that you can get the new phone. And if you don't take the phone, they will only give you discount if you sign for 24 months. Not cool business practices...

Why are you willing to spend R10,000 on a laptop if you can spend R3000? It is the same with phones...

And I can honestly say phone calls are one of the features on my phone I use the least.
 

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A year or two ago compared Vodacom's "phoneless" contracts with those that include contracts. The phones (at the time) were horrendously overpriced, even allowing for interest over 2 years.

I do all of that on a phone that cost just under R1000.

A friend of mine was with my then BIL when he bought a R200k watch. When they walked out of the shop he asked my BIL "How much faster does that watch go than my R1500 Seiko?"

Do you drive a Tata Indica by any chance?
 

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Well you shouldn't be buying a contract/phone through Vodacom in any case. They do try to get you to buy an expensive contract with little benefits or expensive out-of-bundle call charges just so that you can get the new phone. And if you don't take the phone, they will only give you discount if you sign for 24 months. Not cool business practices...

Why are you willing to spend R10,000 on a laptop if you can spend R3000? It is the same with phones...

And I can honestly say phone calls are one of the features on my phone I use the least.

Didn't buy a phone or entered into a contract, for the very reasons you mention. I didn't spend R10k on a notebook, it was an illustration - I paid R6k for it which included some software.

Not having a landline as a result of copper theft means that I have to use my cellphone to make calls. Business isn't done by SMS or IM.
 

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Do you drive a Tata Indica by any chance?

I will drive one if it has the same safety features, handling characteristics, space to accommodate 4 adults plus luggage, resale value etc. as my Merc, which I didn't buy new. I use all of the features of my Merc, except some of the safety features which I hope I will not have to do again. A previous Merc's safety features saved my life, so yes, I am biased.
 
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I'm sure that price will come down when the local SPs pick it up.
 

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I do all of that on a phone that cost just under R1000.

I will drive one if it has the same safety features, handling characteristics, space to accommodate 4 adults plus luggage, resale value etc. as my Merc, which I didn't buy new. I use all of the features of my Merc, except some of the safety features which I hope I will not have to do again. A previous Merc's safety features saved my life, so yes, I am biased.

May I ask you which R1000 device you are using currently so we can compare specs and see if your "Tata" does in fact have the same features as the "Merc".



Who has pre-ordered? If I am considering getting the phone I can't see any reason not to and get the free Samsung speaker and MicroSD thrown in...
 
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May I ask you which R1000 device you are using currently so we can compare specs and see if your "Tata" does in fact have the same features as the "Merc".

You are being disingenuous. as I never said the R1k phone has the same specs or features as the S5, which it clearly doesn't have. You don't need an S5 for the purposes stated in your earlier reply.
 

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Care to share what R1000 device you are using then that covers just those requirements? The ellipsis at the end was to indicate that it was a far longer list, and I felt no need to list ALL the uses, but, for the sake of argument, let's just stick with those few actually mentioned at the moment.

And, out of interest, your later assertion that you would buy a Tata if it did everything a Merc could do would seem to indicate that you did in fact feel your R1000 phone can match the S5 spec for spec. That was after all the reason the Tata vs Merc example was used. But let's just ignore that for now.
 

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Do you drive a Tata Indica by any chance?

What will you say if I say I drive a 2004 Peugeot 307 Hdi that has 154000km on the clock? Lol Do you by chance drive a BMW? :D Crowley my reply to you ends here. :)

Back to the S5 then, never got any of these Galaxy's, I live in the real world with my 2 ladies (daughter and wife) and frankly can't afford it, or I would rather say I would rather spend R1000 a month on Adsl / Netflix / cloudload than on a device that just lays on the table at work and home. I think even if I got a Galaxy S5 which is a very nice device by the looks of it I would probably use my Chinese quad core 7" tablet more as it already does 90% of what this S5 will do. Yup ive also got the battery feature thing, anyone can have it really if they root their device and install the app. 1080P screen, battery lasts 3 days on normal to heavy use, standby is a week if you don't touch it. Also nice that it can take 2 sim cards. Also my wife uses her Lenovo Tablet more than anything else, watches Netflix on it, Xbmc with all the addons etc..., I actually had to dust her laptop off the other day lol. And that Quad Core tablet of her's costs R99 a month. So rather than to compare a Samsung Galaxy S5 spec wise to cheaper devices, rather say WILL YOU be using EVERY FEATURE of the S5?
 
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