Samsung Galaxy S3 UK price & deals: Orange pre-orders open

Update: Orange has confirmed that customers will be able to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S3 now

A round-up of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 UK prices as Vodafone begins taking pre-orders for its UK exclusive offering of the 32GB S3 model

Following the Samsung Galaxy S3's unveiling in recent weeks a string of UK retailers have announced that they will be stocking the device, as pre-orders for Android 4.0 handset kick off in the UK ahead of a May 30th Samsung Galaxy S3 UK release date.

Having secured exclusive rights to the 32GB storage capacity Samsung Galaxy S3 in the UK, Vodafone has started taking pre-orders of the upcoming device with those looking to plump for the middle of the line storage option needing to fork out £46 per month to snap up the device.

Also offering the base level 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3, Vodafone consumers will be able to secure themselves a free Samsung Galaxy S3 on a £41 per month, 2 year contract that sees the handset brimmed with unlimited texts, 900 monthly minutes and a 2GB monthly data allowance.

For those looking to opt for the 32GB handset, the £46 a month, 24 month deal will see the same deal further bolstered by a total 1,200 monthly minutes.

Offing the must-have handset on a wider range of price plans, those forking out for the device ahead of its May 30th release can secure the S2 follow-on on a £26 per month, 2 year deal with an initial £150 outlay for the handset.

Far from the only network and smartphone retailer to confirm it is to offer the iPhone 4S rivalling Samsung Galaxy S3, the red hued network will face stiff competition from a number of its closet rivals.

Carphone Warehouse

The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is to offer the handset on Three, Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile free of charge, on tariffs starting from £36 per month.

The high street retailer is also offering the first 1,000 people who pre-order the device a catalogue of freebies worth over £400, including a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

They will also recieve a free Sandisk 32GB micro SD card and an in-car micro USB charger, so if you want a shed-load of freebies with your new handset you better get pre-ordering ASAP.

Those not wanting to be tied down to a lengthy contact can pick up the Android blower for £499 SIM-free.

Phones4u

Phones4u is offering the newly unveiled handset for pre-order on its website and Android fanboys can also snag themselves fifty quids worth of freebies – along with a free handset - when purchasing the phone on a £36+ per month contact.

Three

Three will be offering the next Galaxy for free on its ‘The One Plan’, with unlimited data for a wallet-friendly £34 per month (24 month contract).

Orange

Orange has confirmed that you will now be able to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S3 pick it up on its 30th May release date in selected Orange stores. Want the Samsung Galaxy S3 free? Well Orange will be offering it for nothing on a 24 month £36 per month plan.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has confirmed that it will also be stocking the Galaxy S3 (no surprise there), but the network operator failed to announce any of the price plans or special deals.

In a brief statement sent out to press, a spokesperson said:

“T-Mobile UK is pleased to confirm that it will be ranging the new Samsung Galaxy S III. More details will be available on www.t-mobile.co.uk soon.”

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The S3 is now available for pre-order from the O2 website. The high street retailer is offering the handset for free on a £46 a month, 24 month contract, which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data usage.

Customers on an 18 month contract, however, could end up forking out £299 for the handset - in addition to a £31 per month cost - for a measley 100 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of data usage.

For more information and deals, visit: www.o2.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy S3 UK Release Date

Although many suspected the Samsung Galaxy S3 UK release date would be announced at MWC 2012 back in Feb, the device famously missed its highly-anticipated unveiling.

This lead to reports suggesting that Samsung intentionally moved the S3’s official unveiling to be closer to the handset’s in-store release date – a tactic adopted by the company’s biggest rival Apple.

Today, Samsung has officially unveiled the S3 UK release date as May 30, with a string of UK retailers – including Vodafone, o2 and T-Mobile – offering the device on both a pay monthly and pay-as-you-go basis.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes loaded with a 1.4GHx quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as an impressive 4.80-inch HD super AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera.

There is also a 1.9mp front-facing camera – an essential fixture for Skype addicts – that holds its very own 720p HD video.

Adding to its ever-growing list of specs, the S3 will also feature S Voice dictation (a Siri-esque voice command software) and customers will have the option of picking from a 16, 32 and 64GB model.

Users also the option of expanding storage with the use of a microSD card.

One the outside, the Galaxy S3 is 8.6mm thick and houses a 2100mAh battery (that’s a lot of juice, in case you’re wondering) and a digital compass.

But perhaps its best feature is Ice Cream Sandwich, the new mobile operating system by Android. We’re yet to test this out however, you can check out our Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy S2 video for a quick demo.

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