Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 4S vs HTC One X pricing comparison

A price war is underway among South Africa’s mobile network operators, with Cell C and Vodacom trading punches in both the pre-paid and contract arenas.

After introducing price plans with a single 99c per minute call rate, Cell C announced its new “Straight Up” contracts in early June 2012.

These new contracts from Cell C were launched on 22 June 2012 and offered any-time voice minutes, SMS and MMS messages, and data in an easy-to-understand structure.

Vodacom responded by launching its own all-in-one “Smart Plans” on 7 July 2012, though the structure of the network’s offering was somewhat more complex than that of Cell C’s “Straight Up” contracts.

With these new packages on the market, it is interesting to see how the prices of the high-end smartphones compare on South Africa’s cellular service providers.

The table below shows how the pricing of the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, and HTC One X compare on a few of the available contracts:

Smartphone contract deal 16GB iPhone 4S 32GB iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy S3 HTC One X
MTN AnyTime 200 R479 R519 R399 R349
Vodacom Talk 120s R469 R529 R479 R489
Vodacom Smart Standard R469 R529 R529 R529
Cell C Straight Up 200 R479 R549 R554 N/A

The table indicates an interesting difference in price points between the various devices on Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom.

Where the iPhone 4S is generally more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X on MTN, some iPhones are available for cheaper than the Galaxy S3 and One X on Vodacom and Cell C.

As shown above, Cell C’s website does not indicate that it has the HTC One X available.

The following table shows the included minutes, messages, and data of some of the packages available for the devices.

Deals were selected based on what the networks themselves highlighted, then showing competing deals as similar as possible to provide context.

Smartphone contract deal comparison
Contract Price Airtime SMS Data
16GB iPhone 4S
Cell C Straight Up 50 R329 50 anytime 50 350MB
Vodacom Smart Standard R469 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB
Cell C Straight Up 200 R479 200 anytime 200 500MB
Vodacom iPhone Talk 240 R639 240 minutes 100 500MB
MTN AnyTime 500 R709 R500 (~256 minutes) 50 250MB
32GB iPhone 4S
Vodacom Smart Standard R529 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB
Cell C Straight Up 200 R549 200 anytime 200 500MB
Vodacom iPhone Talk 240 R734 240 minutes 100 500MB
MTN AnyTime 500 R749 R500 (~256 minutes) 50 250MB
64GB iPhone 4S
Cell C Straight Up 400 R799 400 anytime 400 700MB
Vodacom Smart Advanced R799 450 anytime, 180 promo, 180 More weekend 400 400MB
MTN AnyTime 500 R799 R 500 (~256 minutes) 50 250MB
Vodacom iPhone Talk 240 R834 240 minutes 100 500MB
HTC One X
MTN AnyTime 200 R349 R200 (~86 minutes) 25 75MBx12 months
Vodacom Business Call R369 0 0 250MB
Vodacom Smart Standard R529 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB
MTN AnyTime 500 R569 R500 (~256 minutes) 50 75MB
Vodacom Talk 240 R619 240 minutes 0 250MB
Samsung Galaxy S3
Cell C Straight Up 50 R384 50 anytime 50 50MB
MTN AnyTime 200 R399 R200 (~86 minutes) 25 75MBx12 months
Vodacom Smart Standard R529 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB
Cell C Straight Up 200 R554 200 anytime 200 200MB
Vodacom Talk 240 R589 240 minutes 0 250MB
MTN AnyTime 500 R619 R500 (~256 minutes) 50 75MB

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