Smartphones cheaper after Christmas season

2014-01-17 11:25
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - With the holiday season over, some cellphones have been discounted, making it an ideal time to pick up deals.

In the hype approaching the buying season holidays in December, many smartphones were priced to reflect retailers' anticipation that consumers would spend bonuses on the latest gadgets.

However, the hangover season has showed that there are some deals to be had if consumers shop judiciously.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 which retailed on the wrong side of R8 000 in 2013, can now be had for around R6 500, search on shopping comparison site PriceCheck revealed.

The cheapest deal is the S4 with 16GB of memory for R5 999 from online trader Bfore, which also allows customers to pay the smartphones off over between three and 24 months.

Budget beaters

Even though it's more than a year old, the iPhone 5 still costs upward of R400 per month from the major mobile operators. Online, you can buy the previous generation 16GB Apple device for R6 799 from Excellular.

If you are looking to buy the iPhone 5 on contract, it is also available from First National Bank for R469 per month, including 400MB of data over 24 months.

If your budget has been squeezed over the holidays, but you still want a phone with bragging rights, perhaps the 16GB Galaxy SIII would work for you at R3 900 from the Orange store serving SA, which, as a bonus, also offers free shipping.

Orange also offers the BlackBerry Z10 16GB for R3 200, massively discounted from the launch price of the device, nearly a year ago.

The Sony Xperia Z1 was launched late in 2013 and drew praise for its waterproofing technology, but it was priced at the nose-bleeding price of more than R8 000.

However, the cheapest cash price for the device with the 21 megapixel camera on PriceCheck is at R7 405, including free delivery.

Competition

The mobile operators are also competing intensely as the price plans show.

MTN launched a salvo with the launch of the 16GB iPhone 5c at R279 per month, and Vodacom has dropped the price of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to R399 per month.

Smartphones are expected to generate a spike in data consumption, and there is pressure on the department of communications and the regulator to make more spectrum available, particularly as the operators intent to roll out high speed data services.

- News24 is part of 24.com, a subsidiary of Media24, which is in the Naspers stable. PriceCheck is a subsidiary of Naspers.


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