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Samsung Galaxy S4 "unlimited" deal: £26 per month with an upfront fee of £60 but is it (yet another) a misprice?

Orange, which is now part of EE, is selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone on a two-year contract for £26 per month with an upfront fee of £60. The offer is available via online retailer MobilePhonesDirect and provides with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB data and 3GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi allowance.

The total cost of ownership, £694, is £164 (or 31 per cent) more than the cost of the phone SIM Free. Oddly enough, MobilePhonesDirect – which is taking preorder for the device on all four major mobile phone operators - has two other similar-priced deals from Orange but with far worse minutes and data bundles.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in around six weeks according to a statement on the website. As for the phone itself, it is powered by an 8-core system-on-chip, the Exynos 5410, with four Cortex-A7 cores (clocked at 1.6GHz) and four Cortex-A15 cores (clocked at 1.2GHz).

Rivals to the Samsung Galaxy S4 include the HTC One, the ZTE Grand S, the Sony Xperia Z and the LG Optimus G Pro.

Check out our ongoing coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the very beginning until the launch (and beyond), including the rumours, the rehashed reports, the disappointments and the expectations. You can also read our hands-on of the Galaxy S4 here.

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