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All major UK carriers unveil their Samsung Galaxy S3 offerings

May 14, 2012

With technology enthusiasts in the United States still not knowing when (and for what price) to expect the Galaxy S3, Sammy’s new flagship phone, things are starting to shape up in Europe.

UK’s most important carriers have officially announced when they’ll put the phone up for sale and how much it will cost. The good news is that you’ll be able to get the Galaxy S3 free of charge. The bad news is that not all carriers offer the next Galaxy for free, and those that do require some hefty new plans to be activated.

Vodafone will be the first UK carrier to sell the S3, one day before all its competitors, and will also be the first to offer both the 16 and the 32 GB versions. Starting on May 29, you’ll be able to get the Galaxy S3 for free if you choose the £36 a month two-year plan, including 1200 minutes, 3000 texts and 500 MB of data.

O2, Three and Orange will start selling the Galaxy S3 on May 30 and, like Vodafone, they all have plans allowing you to get the phone without paying anything upfront. Three’s plan is the most affordable and will cost you a mere £34 a month, Orange will charge you £36 each month, while O2’s contract will get £41 out of your pockets every 30 days.

As for included options, all three plans are pretty generous, with O2 leading the pack with a slight advantage, offering 600 minutes of voice calls, unlimited text messages, and 1 GB of data a month for two full years.

The latest UK carrier to announce its exact plans for the Galaxy S3 is T-Mobile. Unfortunately, on May 30, T-Mobile customers will not be able to get the Samsung Galaxy S3 free of charge, the phone’s starting price on-contract being £49.99.

However, you should keep in mind that T-Mobile has, by far, the most generous plans in the UK, the Full Monty two-year agreement (going with the S3) including unlimited data, texts and calls to other T-Mobile customers, as well as 2,000 minutes of monthly voice calls to other networks. You’ll only have to pay £36 a month for all these, so, in the long term, T-Mo’s offer might actually be more affordable than those of Vodafone, O2, Three, or Orange.

What do you UK tech geeks have to say about your carriers’ offers? Are you satisfied with the prices and plans announced for the Galaxy S3? Will you be getting in line for one of Sammy’s new flagship phones on May 29 and 30? What is the best deal money can buy, in your opinion?