With all the madness surrounding the Galaxy S3 launch in the US and Canada, the delays and the “unprecedented global demand” issues, it was only a matter of time until carriers started to offer their customers special deals and discounts to make up for their boo-boos.
Surprisingly enough, the first carrier to announce such a special offer is Telus, Canada’s number three telecommunications service provider, and one of the networks where people could actually buy a Galaxy S3 starting yesterday.
Telus will offer any new customer who can’t find any a particular model of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in any of the carrier’s physical stores a free $50 credit “towards the price of the device on a three-year term with a minimum $50 plan/add-on when more phones come in.” In other words, start hunting down stores where the S3 is out of stock, and you’ll only pay for the new handheld $109.99 upfront, for the 16 GB version, or $159.99, for the 32 GB model (both on 3-year contracts).
In addition to this latest deal, Telus has another good offer in store for S3 customers – people buying the phone until July 10 are exempt from paying the $35 activation fee. I’m starting to get the feeling that, if you’re in Canada and you think of getting a Galaxy S3, Telus might just be the best option around, at least in pure financial terms.
As you might imagine, the $50 free credit offer is not available for phones purchased online, so if you’ll choose to get your spanking new S3 that way, you’ll still be paying $159.99 for the 16 GB model, and $209.99 for the 32 GB version. You should also know that, at least for the time being, all four S3 models are still available for sale on Telus’ site, which can't be said about several other Canadian carriers.
It’s going to be really interesting to see Telus’ competition “react” to this special offer in the following days, and we’re guessing we'll see similar promotions and discounts running on Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, Wind, and/or Videotron. Now, if only US carriers would be so smart to follow suit and at least try to make up some of the inconvenience they caused to their customers…