Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S4 launch price comparison

All of South Africa’s mobile networks are poised to launch the Samsung Galaxy S5 at 11:11 today (Friday, 11 April 2014) on their various contract offerings.

Unlike last year, contract prices have been officially revealed by the operators ahead of the launch date, which has led to comparisons being made to the launch prices of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Some contend that the deals on the Galaxy S5 are not as good as those that were available for its predecessor.

The table below compares the launch prices of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to those of the Galaxy S4, showing only those contracts common to both devices.

Amounts in brackets are used to denote value that was included in the contracts for the Samsung Galaxy S4 where they differ from this year’s Galaxy S5 contracts.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 launch pricing comparison
Package SGS5 SGS4 Data Minutes/Airtime SMS
FNB (+ Cell C) R399 R299 0 (100MB) 0 (100) 0 (100)
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 100 R449 R449 150MB+2GB on-net (1GB) 100 5 for 50
Vodacom Smart S R469 R469 450MB (325MB) * 75 200 (150)
Cell C Straight Up 100 R469 / R499 R399 100MB / 500MB (1GB) 100 100
Cell C Straight Up 200 R549 R499 1GB 200 200
Vodacom Smart M R549 R499 550MB (370MB) * 120 300 (240)
Vodacom Smart L R699 R649 750MB (500MB) * 250 500
* Vodacom Smart S, M, L includes 250MB bonus data

As can be seen from the table, only Telkom Mobile’s SmartPlan 100 and Vodacom’s Smart S comes in at the same price as they did at the launch of the Galaxy S4, though there are differences in the included value.

FNB, which is the cheapest deal available on the Samsung Galaxy S5, is R100 per month more than its deal on the Galaxy S4 last year and includes no cellular contract this time around.

Cell C’s deals also cost more, for less data this year.

It is  worth noting that the exchange rate is not what it used to be. When the Samsung Galaxy S4 launched last year (25 April 2013), you could get a US Dollar for around R9.10. Today it’ll cost you R10.45.

The R10,200 recommended retail price of the Galaxy S5 is also much higher than that of the Galaxy S4’s at launch (R9,000). Incredible Connection is asking R10,500 for its Galaxy S5 pre-order this year, while the Galaxy S4 was R8,500 on pre-order last year.

The following table, which is included to give a more complete picture of the deals on offer, shows that where MTN had a contract last year for R399 per month, this year its cheapest offer is R489 per month.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 launch pricing comparison
Package SGS5 SGS4 Data Minutes/Airtime SMS
FNB Cell C N/A R299 100MB 100 100
FNB R399 N/A 0 0 0
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 50 R419 N/A 75MB+500MB on-net 50 5 for 50
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 100 R449 R449 150MB+2GB on-net (1GB) 100 5 for 50
MTN Anytime 200 N/A R399 200MB R200 + 30 on-net 200
Vodacom Smart S R469 R469 450MB (325MB) * 75 200 (150)
Cell C Straight Up 100 R469 / R499 R399 100MB / 500MB (1GB) 100 100
MTN My MTNChoice 100 R489 N/A 300MB 100 100
Vodacom Smart S + 1GB R549 N/A 1474MB 75 200
Cell C Straight Up 200 R549 R499 1GB 200 200
Vodacom Smart M R549 R499 550MB (370MB) * 120 300 (240)
MTN Anytime 350 N/A R499 350MB R350 + 60 on-net 350
MTN My MTNChoice 200 R609 N/A 300MB 200 100
MTN My MTNChoice 350 R759 N/A 300MB 350 100
Vodacom Smart L R699 R649 750MB (500MB) * 250 500
* Vodacom Smart S, M, L includes 250MB bonus data

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