Just a day before the device is set to go on the market, 2degrees has announced its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III, offering the handset free for customers who sign up for a two year contract on an $89 Pay Monthly or Business plan.
That’s just under what Vodafone will offer as a launch special ($90 per month) and well under what both Vodafone and Telecom will offer as standard pricing ($120 per month).
2degrees says the device will also support mobile payments through itsTouch2Pay joint venture with Snapper Mobile, currently available in Wellington only.
Eric Hertz, CEO of 2degrees, describes the Galaxy S III as ‘another step forward in the mission to deliver top-quality devices’.
‘”We are delighted to be ranging 2012’s most eagerly-awaited Android smartphone,” Hertz says, "so we are launching with deals that offer exceptional value.”
All providers are offering the device for the standard $1049 for non-contract customers.
Update: Telecom has dropped its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is hitting the market today.
The minimum contract which buyers will have to sign up for in order to get the phone for free will now be $100 per month, down from $120. Customers can also get the device for $199 upfront on an $80 plan.
Telecom was in danger of being left behind on the Galaxy, with Vodafone offering buyers a shot at a unique space travel prize and 2degrees announcing aggressive pricing just yesterday.