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If you've been waiting to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4, today's the big day, and you're not short of choices when it comes to retailers or networks.

The phone is up for pre-order on all of the UK's major networks - EE, Three UK, Vodafone, O2, Orange, and T-Mobile - as well as Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u, and Amazon. Don't know which network to go with? Let's break it down for you...


EE is the only network that will provide the phone with 4G for the time being, as the other networks are yet to get their services up and running. If 4G is a priority for you, then EE is the way to go, but you'll have to fork out a lot of money for your data. The cheapest deal over 24 months is to buy the phone for £79.99 and then pay £41 a month for 1GB of data. Calls and texts are unlimited. Deals become more expensive as your data usage increases, topping out at a whopping £76 per month for 20GB of data, although the phone will only cost £19.99 outright.



Thankfully, things are a little simpler over on Three. You'll still be able to pull down really fast speeds over HSPA+ while you wait for them to sort out their 4G network, and the prices are a lot more reasonable, offering unlimited data for just £35 a month with 500 minutes and 5000 texts, or for £37 a month if you want 2000 minutes. The phone is also given to you free of charge, so you'll pay a lot less over 24 months than you would on EE.



O2 is offering the Galaxy S4 with either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of data per month on their 3G network. The cheapest plan -  £32 a month - will give you just 1GB of data, and you'll have to fork out £179.99 for the phone, too. The best compromise here would be to go for the £37 a month plan, paying £99.99 for the phone, and getting 2GB of data. All plans come with unlimited texts and minutes. If you want 4GB of data, you'll have to shell out £47 a month after paying £99.99 for the phone.



Finally, back to unlimited data! T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S4 without any data limits from £36 a month + £109.99 for the phone. That will give you 2000 minutes and unlimited texts. Over 24 months, it's the best way to go. More expensive plans give you the same plan, but with unlimited minutes, and lower the upfront cost of the phone. Only do this if you have to; over 24 months, it will be far more expensive than the cheaper monthly options.



Orange  is offering the Galaxy S4 with so many plans that I can't even begin to describe them all. You won't get unlimited data anywhere on the network, but you can get 8GB per month for £51, with unlimited texts and minutes. On this plan, the phone is only £19.99 too. A nice compromise is the "The Works 41" plan, which gives you unlimited texts and minutes, with 3GB of data, for £41 a month + £79.99 for the phone.



Vodafone is selling the Galaxy S4 in a similar way to O2, with 1GB, 2GB and 4GB plans that will put you back £37, £42 and £47 per month, respectively. The phone will cost you £69 on the cheapest plan, but it's free on the other two.


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Don't want to be tied down by the carriers? You can also purchase the Galaxy S4 outright for £629.95 from Amazon or Carphone Warehouse. Have fun deciding!

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Brainimpact

    EE is not the way to go, chose 3 they have speeds on par with EE's lacklustre 4G, also 3 have promised that anyone with a 4G device will get 4G at no added cost to their contract when they turn on in the summer

    • EvilBadger69

      As a user of 3 I can confirm they are the way to go. I pay £13 a months for 300 minutes, 3000 texts (which I'll never get through) and unlimited data, though that is SIM only.

      • http://twitter.com/british_geek John Thompson

        I'm also with 3, although I have to be impartial. If I was to recommend any network in the UK, it would be them. No nonsense pricing and no need to keep an eye on usage, it's just easy.

  • Mario Miniaci

    So basically if you have no problems with Three as a network, their package is the best, right? It would also be good to know which of these contracts allow tethering (or how much to add it).

    • Brainimpact

      the more expensive all you can eat data plan with three includes tethering I think it was £2 more expensive than next plan down, if you do not get tethering with your plan its £5 extra a month to add it

  • Andrew

    Three is by far the best network in the UK, I honestly don't know why anybody would ever go with anyone else. My entire family use them, and we never have any problems.

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