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Samsung Galaxy S III - SIM free or contract?

I'm wondering if I should get a Samsung Galaxy S III SIM free, or go with a contract. Any recommendations? Don't need many minutes, do need lots of texts, could maybe get by with 250MB data.

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 20:38

Currently probably the one mentioned on the first page of the blog atm, £21/m 300m unlim texts 250mb data.

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Pondlife  Oct. 4, 2012 at 20:38

Currently probably the one mentioned on the first page of the blog atm, £21/m 300m unlim texts 250mb data.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 5, 2012 at 09:27

It all depends how hard you want to look. SIM free will always be cheaper, but more hassle.
For instance, I have 500 minutes + 500 texts + unlimited internet for £2.50/month (topcashback paid out). So plan that you suggesting is like £1 / month for me. 21 * 24 - 24 = £480 for the phone.
If you willing to hunt for a bargain go SIM free.

PS. You should not even consider anything below 1GB of data with such a phone. You will be over 250MB only synching in background.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 5, 2012 at 09:33

Currently probably the one mentioned on the first page of the blog atm, £21/m 300m unlim texts 250mb data.

I don't know what T-Mobile does when you go over data allowance. My T-Mobile simply states unlimited without any number. 250MB is too low for S3

Pondlife  Oct. 5, 2012 at 20:07

That's what they asked for.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 5, 2012 at 21:54

Currently probably the one mentioned on the first page of the blog atm, £21/m 300m unlim texts 250mb data.

I don't know what T-Mobile does when you go over data allowance. My T-Mobile simply states unlimited without any number. 250MB is too low for S3

T-Mob cap speeds when you're over your limit, that's about it.

tartanfluff  Oct. 10, 2012 at 08:50


For instance, I have 500 minutes + 500 texts + unlimited internet for £2.50/month (topcashback paid out).


Apologies for going off topic slightly, but who is this deal with and is it generally available?

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 10, 2012 at 09:00

This was T-Mobile business plan - it's £10/month plan. I've got it via Topcashback and they paid out by now. With extra small charges creeping up here and there on average it comes out to be £2.50 / month.

andy1971  Oct. 11, 2012 at 11:20

Depends on how long you intend to keep the phone and how organised you are.
If 250MB is going to be enough, £21 a month for 24 months is a great deal. You could buy the phone sim free from Asda for £400 - which is the equivalent of £16.67 a month for 24 months, meaning that the contract is effectively costing you £4.33 a month.
However, unless you upgrade of terminate the contract, you'll still be paying £21 a month after the 24 months.
As has been mentioned, 250MB isn't much on a modern smartphone.
Personally, I'd buy the phone outright, and get a giffgaff sim. No contract, and you can currently get 250 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data for £10 as a "goodybag". This will soon change to £13 to unlimited data, and £10 for IIRC 750MB. If you're going to keep the phone for a long time, and/or want to use more than a fraction of its internet potential, this could be a better deal.

tdodd  Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:19

To say that 250MB per month is insufficient is a bit of a sweeping statement. I've been running a SIM free Galaxy Note on GiffGaff PAYG for 11 months and I've used less than 250MB mobile data in all that time. There was one month when I thought I might use a fair bit of data during a two week holiday in the UK), so I bought a Goodybag for that month, but I would have been better off financially to stick with PAYG as my data use was simply not that high.

I do my market downloads and syncing via WiFi at home or through FON or The Cloud and have data disabled almost all the time. On the rare occasions when I want to use mobile data I will enable it temporarily, do what I need to do and turn it off again. Not only does that keep my monthly costs down, but the battery lasts longer too.

I understand that others may very well have other needs and usage patterns, but it is by no means a fact that an S3 or similar needs to chew through over 250MB of data per month. It depends how you use it.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:03

To say that 250MB per month is insufficient is a bit of a sweeping statement. I've been running a SIM free Galaxy Note on GiffGaff PAYG for 11 months and I've used less than 250MB mobile data in all that time. There was one month when I thought I might use a fair bit of data during a two week holiday in the UK), so I bought a Goodybag for that month, but I would have been better off financially to stick with PAYG as my data use was simply not that high.

I do my market downloads and syncing via WiFi at home or through FON or The Cloud and have data disabled almost all the time. On the rare occasions when I want to use mobile data I will enable it temporarily, do what I need to do and turn it off again. Not only does that keep my monthly costs down, but the battery lasts longer too.

I understand that others may very well have other needs and usage patterns, but it is by no means a fact that an S3 or similar needs to chew through over 250MB of data per month. It depends how you use it.

Not being funny or anything, but if you're using less than 250mb of data per month with a phone like an S3, you more than likely didn't need the S3 to be begin with.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:39

GuffGuff runs on O2 - in addition to recent outages it's difficult to go over 250MB using 2G connection. :p

tdodd  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:06

Not being funny or anything, but if you're using less than 250mb of data per month with a phone like an S3, you more than likely didn't need the S3 to be begin with.

I use vastly more than 250MB of data each month, but it isn't 2g or 3g data. It's over Wifi. There are activities which don't require data at all such as navigation or playing games. If it's videos you're into, or music, then these can be downloaded at home for offline viewing later. Not everything has to be streamed on demand while sitting on the bus. I tend to load my phone up with the stuff I want - reference material or whatever - while at home. My needs for mobile (2g/3g) data are slight. That does not mean that a premium smartphone is an unsuitable choice for me. There's nothing quite like a 5.3" screen for 50 year old eyeballs (except possibly a 5.5" one :)).

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:27

If one can be very organized with pre-loading things that one needs for a day before leaving home 250MB will work. IMO, it's quite difficult to do - one has to be very organized.
On the other hand, what is the trade off? If 1GB a data month costs an extra £2 or £3 a month, does it worth a hassle saving?

Trick behind 250MB plans with latest smartphones is to get customer to go over their data allowance. Bumping up data allowance after signing contract could be costly, unless it's Three.

Shid  Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:31

If one can be very organized with pre-loading things that one needs for a day before leaving home 250MB will work. IMO, it's quite difficult to do - one has to be very organized.
On the other hand, what is the trade off? If 1GB a data month costs an extra £2 or £3 a month, does it worth a hassle saving?

Trick behind 250MB plans with latest smartphones is to get customer to go over their data allowance. Bumping up data allowance after signing contract could be costly, unless it's Three.


i thought t mobile they have a fair use policy but even if ur data allowance has finished they wont charge u howeva u probably wont be able to view you tube etc or u will but really slow it will slow down a lot... am i right?

Pondlife  Oct. 25, 2012 at 12:03

It stops you doing downloads and other intensive activities during peak times 4pm-midnight iirc when you go over the fair use, off peak it's open season.

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