Although Samsung SA’s official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was last night (7 June 2012), Vodacom has been offering the device on contracts through retailers at its Vodacom World mall in Midrand.
These were promotional deals that included a flip cover and R100 voucher for Samsung’s forthcoming Video Hub.
MTN was first to market with the HTC One X, offering the device on its AnyTime 200 contract for R349 per month.
The availability of these two devices has been limited, however, with a number of customers complaining that MTN told them they have run out of HTC One X devices.
Stock of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on MTN is similarly limited, and a consultant from MTN Direct confirmed to MyBroadband that they only had 10 Samsung Galaxy S3 devices available on 6 June 2012.
The table below compares the contract pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X on MTN:
|MTN postpaid deals||Samsung Galaxy S3||HTC One X|
|Price plan||Monthly price||Notes||Monthly price||Notes|
|MTN AnyTime 200||R399||75MBx12||R349||75MBx24|
|MTN AnyTime 350||R499||75MBx12||R449||75MBx24|
|MTN AnyTime 500||R619||75MBx12, no TopUp option||R569||75MBx24, no TopUp option|
|MTN AnyTime 750||R859||75MBx12, no TopUp option||R809||75MBx24, no TopUp option|
|MTN AnyTime 1200||N/A||R1,219||75MBx24, no TopUp option|
|MTN AnyTime 1500||N/A||R1,499||75MBx24, no TopUp option|
As can be seen from the table, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is around R50 per month more expensive than the HTC One X, a difference which adds up to R1,200 over the 24-month contract.
It’s also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S3 deals on MTN only include data for the first 12 months of the contract, while HTC One X contracts include data for the full 24 months.
Sadly it isn’t possible to compare the two devices on Vodacom, as the operator has yet to launch the HTC One X.
Vodacom has hinted that it expects to launch the One X early in June, but it is understood that the operator is now looking at a mid-July launch. This date is merely indicative and may yet change.
The table below shows the Samsung Galaxy S3 contract deals available on Vodacom:
|Samsung Galaxy S3 postpaid deals|
|Vodacom price plan||Monthly price||Extras|
|Contract price plans|
|Everyday Off-peak 120||R319|
|Business Call s||R379||250MBx24|
These deals are around R20 per month more expensive than the promotional offers that were available at Vodacom World.
While price is an obvious consideration when investigating contracts, prospective customers should also look at the number of months over which bundled data is available during the contract term.
Although specifications alone don’t reveal how a device will perform, they remain an important aspect to take into account.
The table below presents a side-by-side comparison of some of the key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.
|Samsung Galaxy S3||HTC One X|
|Display||4.8″ 720p (720×1280) AMOLED||4.7″ 720p (720×1280) IPS S-LCD2|
|Storage, expandable||microSDXC (64GB)||No|
|Processor||1.4GHz Exynos 4212 quad||1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad core)|
|Cellular data||21Mbps HSPA+||21Mbps HSPA+|
|SIM type||Micro SIM||Micro SIM|