32GB Samsung Galaxy S III coming to the UK - and why you could end up going without

32GB Samsung Galaxy S III coming to the UK - and why you could end up going withoutThere are few stories that this author writes which are capable of inducing a good, old fashioned, girlie squeal of delight. But here is one: The 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to Blighty! Whoop!

Unfortunately, the bad news is that Vodafone has nabbed exclusivity on said variant which means if you're not with big red, you're going to have to do some serious PAC coding.

The handset is actually up for pre-order right now and will go on sale officially on the same day as every other network and SIM-free deal: May 30th. Yes, just three weeks away.

It's not going to be particularly cheap - you'll have to sign your life away for £46 a month for the next two years, although that will at least secure you 1,200 mins, unlimited texts and 2GB of data. Alternatively, you can get the 16GB version for £41 a month but the number of minutes is slashed to 900.

Many people will find it works out cheaper to buy a SIM-free model and then go on a SIM-only deal to avoid the ludicrous overcharging networks and retailers do when a gadget of this calibre comes out. It's what this author is doing. But if you're thinking of doing the same, heed a warning:

This is borne out of this writer's own personal experience. He ordered one SIM-free on pre-order from Carphone Warehouse. His bank declined his credit card as a routine security matter as he'd made another high spend purchase the day before so CPW cancelled the order. Nothing wrong there. A simple phone call to the bank should fix it, right?

Wrong.

When he tried to reorder it having spoken to his bank and verified all was as it should be, the order automatically cancelled itself again a few hours later. And it happened again a third time.

When he called Carphone Warehouse, he was told that that initial card decline had 'blacklisted' him from buying anything from the company for thirty days. There would be no possibility of reviewing the situation and his custom would not be taken in store, over the phone or online for the SIII or any other item - even with a different card. In short, I'm not welcome at CPW for thirty days.

Apparently, it's an anti-fraud measure - though Carphone Warehouse's complaints advisor conceded it was a  bit heavy-handed to blacklist somebody from their systems for a month with no hope of 'unblackisting them' due to customer policy over a simple bank security check. When the advisor was asked if he'd ever seen the "computer says no" sketch from Little Britain, he agreed it was ridiculous but he had no way of over-riding the system.

The long and short of it is that Carphone Warehouse doesn't want my custom and has actively blocked me from buying anything there for matters that were nothing to do with me. They've also indirectly intimated that I may be involved in fraudulent activity. So the excitement of buying a new phone turned to frustration and offence was duly taken.

The reason this has gone off on a tangent is to warn others who may be pre-ordering to ensure they have an acceptance of the order email to ensure its gone through. Luckily I've got one through another retailer. Be wise.

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11 comments

Pondlife  May. 11, 2012 at 20:20

Well we knew when they demoed it that the 32gb was a vodafone exclusive, due to it having micro sd no one seemed bothered.

The carphone thing should have been the whole article, baffling way to run their business. Just seems really weird.
Been much better deals than those on hukd though.

JanSt / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 20:52

Yep, agree.That "policiy" deserves a big mobotic slap on the wrist!
It's like not getting off the DHS's no-fly list, even when they admit you landed on the list by mistake...

Treab  May. 11, 2012 at 21:06

Jeez... why don't i care ;) oh yeah SGS2 FTW ;)

Still odd thing for cpw to do... mobiles.co.uk even though owned by the same company doesn't have that policy...

Bigjok  May. 11, 2012 at 22:12

What a nightmare, I work for cpw and this new system is a complete joke. I routinely have to turn away custom because cpws internal system has said no even though the network the majority of the time has said yes. I can only apologise to you on behalf of cpw

I can completely see the rationale as to why it's been brought in but in most cases long standing customers are being turned away. A joke of a system

matt101101 / MOD  May. 11, 2012 at 22:16

Just withdraw £500 in cash and buy the phone instore the day it comes out. They'll ask for a name and address but they never ask for ID to back it up. Just use someone else who lives in your house's name, or make a name up, just with a real address. Fooling the CPW security measures is hardly akin to conning your way into Fort Knox.

Treab  May. 11, 2012 at 22:19

fort knox is easy... 007 managed many a time.

SpeedyG  May. 12, 2012 at 01:08

Just withdraw £500 in cash and buy the phone instore the day it comes out. They'll ask for a name and address but they never ask for ID to back it up. Just use someone else who lives in your house's name, or make a name up, just with a real address. Fooling the CPW security measures is hardly akin to conning your way into Fort Knox.

Watch how you get to the store big spender. oO

I won't consider getting a flagship so early myself tbh, esp. when its overkill atm.
Krait phones coming soon are supposed to be a lot better than the SG3/One X and other new dual/quad cores out.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 12, 2012 at 15:07

Just withdraw £500 in cash and buy the phone instore the day it comes out. They'll ask for a name and address but they never ask for ID to back it up. Just use someone else who lives in your house's name, or make a name up, just with a real address. Fooling the CPW security measures is hardly akin to conning your way into Fort Knox.

Watch how you get to the store big spender. oO

I won't consider getting a flagship so early myself tbh, esp. when its overkill atm.
Krait phones coming soon are supposed to be a lot better than the SG3/One X and other new dual/quad cores out.

I was being hypothetical, I won't be purchasing an SGS3, either. My SGS2 is faster and more usable than a One X, so it's likely to be on par with a stock SGS3...not worth the upgrade, IMO. Quad-core Krait or true A15 chips are the next worthy purchase.

RickyLion  Jun. 22, 2012 at 15:34

The 32GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III is now shipping in the United Kingdom and Europe from MobiCity UK if anyone is interested – http://www.mobi-city.co.uk/samsung-i9300-galaxy-s-iii-s3-32gb-uk.html

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 17:46

The 32GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III is now shipping in the United Kingdom and Europe from MobiCity UK if anyone is interested – http://www.mobi-city.co.uk/samsung-i9300-galaxy-s-iii-s3-32gb-uk.html
£620....I don't think so. Why would anyone be stupid enough to pay £120 for an extra 16gb of storage on a phone which has MicroSD card support up to 64gb and USB OTG support if that's still not enough for you?

SpeedyG  Jun. 22, 2012 at 18:11

People with more money than sense who want to keep up with the Jones.

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