Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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by henderson101 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 10:08 UTC
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This is a no brainer. You can get a Galaxy sIII free on contract from all the providers for far less than you can get an iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is not free till you spend around £40 a month, the sIII is free at £26.

Remember, the UK mobile phone market works a lot like the US one. All phones are subsidised, very few people buy phones for the up front cost. The fact that our phone contracts and pricings are superior to the US is a bonus, not relevant to the conversation.

Take a look at one of the leading independent mobile phone stores price list for monthly contract phones:

You might also care to look at Phones4u, which is a direct competitor. The market is driving down handset prices at the moment, especially pre-Christmas.

So, from the above Carphonewarehouse site:

Cheapest free iPhone 5 is £39 a month (this is over £10 more than I pay a month)

Cheapest free sIII is £26 a month (on a par with my current iPhone 4 contract)

Cheapest free 4s is £29 per month - more than the sIII!!!!!

Galaxy Ace is £7.50 free, not surprising it is popular, right? And you only have to take a quick look at the rest of the list there to see why the others are more popular. Come on, this is little to do with what is best and all to do with economics and making do with a cheap handset.

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