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Friday, 19 October 2012
A year ago, the first generation of Galaxy Note was unveiled. It was met with much scepticism and many believed the device was created for failure. Uncannily big to be considered as a phone but yet too small to be considered as a tablet. Hence a new category 'Phablet' was coined for the original Note. Fast forward to a year later, popularity of the Note surpassed all analysts' expectation and it soon became not only Samsung's but world's best selling phone.
Building on its predecessor's success, a new Galaxy Note II was unveiled in September 29, 2012 during IFA event that was held in Berlin, Germany. Now nearly two months later, fans in Singapore finally get a chance to own it. Anticipation of the device started largely with enthusiasm and excitement. But Singapore turned out to be among the 'last' countries to see the device's availability. Though we are still ahead of USA, the Note II has been launched in dozens of countries, from Europe to South Korea, from India to Indonesia. The celebratory mood has in recent days turned sour. From lack of pricing information to its expensive launch pricing to lack of stock availability to lack of option other than the 16GB version.
zAcH WoNG shared his comment: Cancelled my plan with M1 since their price is not attractive.
SpiritAngelo has this to say: Starhub that side ain't that good either. And the 1000 phones for don't know how many thousand pple is just absurd.
echkay shared his frustration: Its weird that noone knows M1 price plans untill now and people are standing in rains for it. M1 should have handled in much better and shown some respect for the customers!!!!
How was your Galaxy Note 2 launch experience? Share in the comments below.
Thanks to all readers and fans who have provided useful tips on the price of the Galaxy Note II offered by all the 3 telcos. We now have the complete list of prices from all of them. How do they compare?
Cheapest or Basic Mobile Plan with data
Here, I am referring to iFlexi Lite, SmartSurf Lite and Value Surf+ plans offered by SingTel, Starhub and M1 respectively. Their monthly contract plan is $39.90, $38.00 and $39.00 in that order. It depends on what your criteria in picking a winner. If you are only concerned about the price of the phone you have to pay during purchase, then the 3 are tied. This should not be surprising to all of us (given the really 'competitive' telco landscape we have here in Singapore). But if you are looking at the total amount of money you have to fork at the end of your 2-years contract period, then Starhub is the winner in this category. Here is how they compare side-by-side.
|SMS / MMS||800||800||600|
Higher Mobile Plan with data
Here, I am referring to iFlexi Value, SmartSurf Value and Lite Surf+ plans offered by SingTel, Starhub and M1 respectively. Their monthly contract plan is $59.90, $58.00 and $59.00 in that order. Again, it depends on what your criteria in picking a winner. If you are only concerned about the price of the phone you have to pay during purchase, then SingTel is the winner albeit by mere $10. If you are looking at the overall amount you have to fork out over 2-yeras, then Starhub is again the winner. M1 trails SingTel and Starhub in this plan category. Their handset price is ridiculously high compared to the other two. It is worth noting that other than price alone, Starhub's plan offers higher outgoing and data bundle with its plan. If you are usually paying around $60 for your telco bill and you are free of contract, you know which telco to choose if price is your single consideration.
|SMS / MMS||900||900||800|
The much awaited Galaxy has finally made its official descend in Singapore. Here is the official price of Galaxy Note II LTE from M1.
|16GB iPhone 5||$430||$190||$0||$0|
|16GB Note II||$568||$398||$298||$298|
Over the course of two years, this is how they compare.
|16GB iPhone 5||$1366.00||$1606.00||$2352.00||$4752.00|
|16GB Note II||$1504||$1814||$2650||$5050|
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Both SingTel and Starhub have earlier announced their price plans for the new note. Finding out price info for M1 remains elusive. Unless you get their invite, you probably will find it out only tomorrow.
My last check withthe M1 staff revealed their pricing plan. According to the staff, the price for $39 plan is $568 and $398 for $59 plan. I'll update everyone as I have more info about them. Enjoy Galaxy Note II Launch guys!