Samsung Galaxy S5 price, best deals, news and rumours (EE, Vodafone, O2, Three)
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 10:49, by Chris Finnamore
Updated 11 April 2014 - where to get the best Galaxy S5 launch day deals
Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone goes on sale today, the 11th of April, and it seems that everyone is looking to sell you one. With all of the major networks, including EE, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and Three all doing different contract deals, and SIM-free or Pay As You Go prices varying wildly between retailers, it can be difficult to know where to get the best deal. Luckily we've done the hard work for you, and uncovered the best prices on contract and upfront.
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All the best Samsung Galaxy S5 UK deals are below:
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 PRICE
The Galaxy S5 is available to buy directly from Samsung if you don't want to be tied into a contract or to a particular network. You'll have to pay for the privilege, however; the current price is a whopping £579.
Currently the best SIM-free deal from a high street retailer looks to be the Carphone Warehouse, which is currently selling the Galaxy S5 for £569.95. Online, HandTek has the black 16GB model for £522 - that's a £50 saving if you're prepared to order and wait for your handset.
Currently the Carphone Warehouse is one of three places on the high street you'll be able to pick up the gold version of the Galaxy S5, as Vodafone has agreed an exclusivity deal with Samsung - meaning Vodafone stores, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4 U are your only choices. Just don't expect to pick one up until the 20th of May. If you have an old handset you'd like to trade in, you can get an extra £100 on top of its regular trade-in value, effectively making the handset free when signing up to a contract - although this is by redemption rather than an upfront discount, so you'll still need to pay £99 for the phone initially. Otherwise, contract deals are the same as the networks we've listed below.
For £59 upfront, EE will sell you a Galaxy S5 on a two year, £39.99 a month contract. You get a respectable 2GB of 4G data and access to the fastest LTE network in the UK for your cash, as long as you're in one of the towns and cities that EE has upgraded with 4G coverage, although you don't get double speed 4G.
You can reduce the monthly cost down to £33, keeping unlimited calls and texts, double speed 4G and 4GB of data, but you'll have to shell out £260 upfront for the phone.
Unfortunately if you didn't pre-order the phone, you've now missed the boat on a free return flight to one of several European destinations.
Orange and T-Mobile
Essentially the cheaper 3G alternatives to EE's 4G contracts, both Orange and T-Mobile have very similar deals. The cheapest T-Mobile monthly contract costs £28 for unlimited 3G data and 500 minutes, but you have to drop £230 on the handset upfront. Orange reduces the upfront cost to £199 and ups the number of minutes to 1,000, but only includes 500MB of data.
With no downpayment required, Vodafone will let you get your hands on a Galaxy S5 from £47 per month. You'll be tied in to a two year contract, but will get unlimited calls and texts, and 2GB of 3G data. If you have a phone to trade in, the network will remove the upfront fee and knock its £42 monthly contract down to £37, giving you unlimited calls and texts, and 2GB of 3G data.
If you want access to Vodafone's 4G network the Galaxy S5 is available with no down payment from £52 a month. You get unlimited calls and data, 5GB of data and free access to either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV.
If you don't want to put any money down upfront, O2 will charge you £43 per month for 5GB of 4G data on the Refresh tariff (which uncouples the phone from your SIM should you want to upgrade early). The network is also offering to knock up to £230 off the combined price of your contract if you trade in another handset when buying the S5. Otherwise you could pay £70 for the handset then £38 a month thereafter for 2GB of data.
You can also buy the phone outright from O2, although it'll cost you a huge amount of money and you'll still be locked into a contract. For £650 upfront and then £13 per month you get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and a paltry 500MB of data.
Piggybacking on O2's network, Tesco Mobile has one of the best Galaxy S5 deals we've seen. For £34.50 per month with no upfront fee, you'll get 1,500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB of data. Best of all, that price includes 4G, so you'll get faster downloads and browsing when in a town covered by O2's 4G network.
The unlimited data deal makes Three a particularly tempting proposition for would-be Galaxy S5 owners. All customers automatically get 4G for no extra charge, so if you pay £29 upfront and £41 thereafter you can surf, tweet and stream to your heart's content. Alternatively for £29 upfront and £38 per month on a two-year contract you can get unlimited data, 600 minutes and unlimited texts.
If you aren't permanently tied to the internet and spend more time talking the alternative £38 per month contract might be better. It carries the same £29 upfront fee, but includes unlimited calls and texts and 2GB of data.
You could get a good deal on a Galaxy S5 if you already have broadband through Virgin Media - all tariffs are £10 less for existing customers. The cheapest monthly contract will set you back £29, with a £99 payment upfront, but is truly frugal when it comes to allowances; 250 texts, 250MB of 3G data and 100 minutes of calls are all you get.
You get a much better allowance by jumping to the £37 tariff, which includes unlimited calls and texts, and 2GB of data. You'll still need to put down £29 for the handset, and tie yourself in for two years though.
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