Carphone Warehouse went all guns blazing with the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, which was only launched three weeks ago. It is offering the phone, SIM Free, for a jaw dropping £629.95, that’s £100.95 more than the Apple iPhone 5S and a sure disincentive to encourage people to switch to contracts.
Other than offering the S4 at such a high price, the retailer is also giving a free accessories bundle worth nearly £85 to pay monthly customers; that includes a Samsung flip case, car charger, Rocketfish screen protector and a Sony 32GB microSD memory card.
What’s more, the first successful 2000 Pay Monthly orders will get a free Samsung Galaxy 2 7in tablet worth around £150 although this is an online exclusive. As for the tariffs, Carphone Warehouse doesn’t carry anything from Three apparently.
The cheapest pay monthly offer is from EE/T-Mobile. You get unlimited everything (data, texts, minutes) but no tethering for £41 per month on a two year contract.
That’s a total cost of ownership of £984 which is significantly more than Three’s The One Plan (although you don’t get the two aforementioned goodies).
Note that the phone is expected to be delivered on 26 April. 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.