The Samsung Galaxy S3 will go on sale on 30 May (or the 29 May for some lucky people) and if you are planning on buying the phone then we've rounded-up all the best deals and prices on offers from all the major UK networks.
Many smartphones fans have been waiting to upgrade their phone in 2012 until the release of the Galaxy S3, and with it launching next week, getting the best deal to suit you is vital. Whether you want to pay nothing up-front, or want to stick to a lower monthly bill, the UK networks seem to have it covered.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 will feature a 4.8in Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720 x 1,280; a quad-core CPU running at 1.5GHz, will come with Android 4.0, has an 8 megapixel camera, and have a Siri-like feature called S Voice.
The 3G version of the Galaxy S3 will be available in Europe on 30 May and will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Only the 16GB and 32GB versions are currently being offered at the moment, with the 16GB version available SIM-free for £499.
All the major networks in the UK will carry the phone, including O2, Vodafone, Three, T-Mobile, and Orange and the phone is also available via Tesco Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u among others.
Here we round-up the deals available from all carriers:
O2 is offering both the 16GB Marble White and the Pebble Blue versions of the Galaxy S3 on 18-month or 24-month contracts with the up-front cost ranging from free to £299.99.
The cheapest monthly deal available is £18.50-a-month on a two year contract, but this will mean you pay £249.99 up-front and you only get 100MB of data, along with 200 minutes talktime and unlimited texts. The total outlay over the two years will be £693.
If you are looking for an 18-month contract, this same deal will set you back £24-a-month and £299.99 up-front, bringing the total value of the deal to £732.
If you are a heavy users and don't mind paying a bit more per month, the cheapest monthly deal where the phone is free from O2 is £44-a-month on a two year deal which will give you 1,200 minutes of talktime, unlimited text, but still only 100MB of data. The total for this deal over the two years is £1,056.
O2 has a tariff called On and On which will give you a £36-a-month, two year contract with unlimited calls and text and 1GB of data. There is also a £99 up-front cost which would put the total price of the tariff at £963.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal on O2 - £36-a-month, 24-months, £99 up-front (unlimited mins, unlimited text, 1GB data)
Vodafone, unlike O2, is offering both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Galaxy S3, again in either Marble White or Pebble Blue.
Vodafone has 12, 18 and 24-month contracts available with the up-front price ranging from free to £219 for the 16GB model, and £319 for the 32GB model.
The cheapest monthly deal available for the 16GB model is two year £26-a-month which gives you just 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB of data. You will also need to pay £149 up-front bringing the total value of the contract to £773.
The lowest monthly cost where you pay nothing up-front is £41-a-month which gives you 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data, which will cost a total of £984.
The 32GB model is available on similar monthly contracts but the up-front cost goes up by between £70 and £90.
If you are looking for a 12-month contract the cheapest deal available, is for the 16GB model at £36-a-month with an up-front cost of £219, giving you 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. This comes in at £651 over the life of the contract.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal on Vodafone - £36-a-month, 24-months, £99 up-front (600 mins, unlimited text, 1GB data)
Details of the price plans from Orange are a little thin on the ground as the carrier's website does not list any plans so far. It does say however that the network will be making the 16GB Galaxy S3 available in white and blue.
A spokesperson for the company has indicated to us that the Galaxy S3 will be available for free on a £36-a-month plan on a two year contract, which will totals £864 over the lifetime of the contract.
The phone will be available on a Panther Extra plan which Orange says is the best plan for getting online.
However, you will need to pay a £49 deposit when purchasing the phone from Orange, though the network says this will be refunded after four months of the contract.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal on Orange: £36-month, 24-months, £49 despoit up-front (refundable)
T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S3 on 18 and 24-month deals with up-front prices ranging from free to £300. T-Mobile is only offering the 16GB version of the phone at the moment in either Marble White or Pebble Blue.
If you are looking to pay the least amount of money on a monthly basis, then T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S3 at just £10.50-a-month on a 24-month contract but you will need to pay £300 up-front. This will give you just 50 minutes, 250 texts and 250MB of data. The total cost of the plan over its lifetime will be just £552.
For £36-a-month on an 18-month contract, T-Mobile is offering 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data, with an upfront cost of £100. This will set you back £748 over the lifetime of the contract.
If you want unlimited everything, T-Mobile has the Full Monty plan, which will give you unlimited talk, text and data for £41-a-month with no up-front cost. This comes in at £984 over the 24-month life of the deal.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal on T-Mobile - £41-a-month, 24-month, Free phone (unlimited calls, texts and data)
Three is currently offering the Galaxy S3 only on its 24-month One Plan, in either white or blue, and only the 16GB version of the phone.
For £34-a-month, you will get 2,000 minutes talktime, 5,000 Three-to-Three texts, 5,000 any network texts and all-you-can-eat data. There will be no up-front cost for the phone, meaning it will cost £816 over the life of the deal.
Anyone who pre-orders the phone from Three will be entered into a daily draw to win a new Samsung Smart TV.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal on Three: £34-a-month, 24-months, Free phone (2,000 minutes, 5,000 texts and unlimited data)
The high street retailer offered the first 1,000 people who pre-ordered the Galaxy S3 a bundle of freebies worth over £400, including a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and a car charger. This deal was soon snapped up and the the free tablet is no longer available.
However, all other customers who pre-order a Galaxy S3 will still receive a free Sandisk 32GB micro SD memory card (RRP normally £29.99), Invisishield Screen Protector (RRP £14.99) and a Zagg in-car micro USB charger (RRP 14.99) - a combined value of £59.97. The addition of the Sandisk memory card will bring the combined memory capacity of the device to a massive 48GB.
Carphone Warehouse is also offering some exclusive deals, with the headline deal being the availability of the smartphone for free on a contract of just £28-a-month. This deal is through Talkmobile but you only get 100 minutes, 100 text and 100MB of data, which isn't very much at all.
However, if you are willing to go to £31-a-month on a 24-month contract, you'll also get a free phone, 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. This offer is on the Vodafone network, but is not available directly from Vodafone.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal at Carphone Warehouse - £31-a-month, 24-months, free phone (300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data)
Fellow high-street retailer Phones 4u is also offering some presents to sweeten the deal for those thinking of pre-ordering the Galaxy S3.
Phones 4u is offering a 32GB memory card and a "genuine" Samsung case worth in excess of £50 to those who pre-order the blue or white version of the Galaxy S3.
In terms of tariffs, the cheapest deal where the phone is free is the same £31-a-month deal from Vodafone on offer from Carphone Warehouse.
It also has a couple of deals from Orange which also get you a free phone up-front and cost £31-a-month. The first of these gives you 600 minutes, 3,000 texts and 250MB of data while the second drops call time to 400 minutes but boosts data to 750MB, with texts remaining the same.
Galaxy S3: Best Deal at Phones 4u - £31-a-month, 24-months, free phone (300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data)