Vodafone 'surprises' with Samsung Galaxy S III release today

Available online at 11AM, in stores at midday

Samsung Galaxy S III

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III will be available today from Vodafone — online at Vodafone's web store from 11AM, and in retail stores from midday.

The official Vodafone website for the Galaxy S III has not yet been launched: vodafone.com.au/galaxys3 shows an error page. Vodafone is currently live-streaming the phone's launch from Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

Update: The Vodafone Galaxy S III website is now live.

According to Vodafone, the company has "engineered a surprise launch" of the phone. The Galaxy S III has been one of the most talked-about phones of 2012, but information on its Australian launch has been scarce until now.

Vodafone will release the Samsung Galaxy S III on a variety of 24 month plans. Any customer that signs up with Vodafone for a Galaxy S III phone and plan before June 30 will get double the usual monthly data allowance for the first 12 months of their contract.

Samsung Galaxy S III Vodafone plans
24 month plan Monthly handset instalment (16GB) Standard data Double data (first 12 months) Total minimum spend
$29 Plan $20 200MB 400MB $1176
$39 Plan $15 500MB 1GB $1296
$49 Plan $10 1GB 2GB $1416
$59 Plan $5 1.5GB 3GB $1536
Infinite $79 Plan $0 2GB 4GB $1896
Infinite $99 Plan $0 4GB 8GB $2376

Vodafone Australia says that "one half of the world’s most famous twins" — singer-musician-television personality Joel Madden — will be launching the double data offer at the Vodafone store at 9/250 Pitt St in Sydney at midday today.

Samsung Galaxy S III preview
In pictures: the Samsung Galaxy S III
Where can you buy the Samsung Galaxy S III in Australia?

The Vodafone Australia press release follows:

Vodafone has engineered a surprise launch of the highly-anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III, available online from 11am (AEST) and in store from midday today, with double the usual data allowance for the first 12 months on the 24-month plan.

Vodafone is offering the hot new Samsung GALAXY S III 16GB in white and pebble blue at $5 per month on its $59 plan over 24-months and the 32GB in both colours at $10 per month on its $59 plan over 24-months with both plans including an amazing double the usual data inclusions for the first 12 months.

‘Designed for humans and inspired by nature’, the Samsung GALAXY S III aims to fulfil the owner’s every need by thinking like they think and acting like they act. With incredible new features such as Pop Up Play and Best Photo, the new double the data offer from Vodafone allows customers to experience the full capabilities of the new Samsung smartphone.

Ross Parker, General Manager of Devices and Pricing, Vodafone said: “Our customers have an almost insatiable appetite for mobile internet and entertainment, and there’s a very simple rule we use to size our data inclusions: the faster and more intuitive the phone, the more our customers will use it, so we’re doubling our usual data inclusions specifically for the Samsung GALAXY S III for the first year on select 24 month mobile plans on Vodafone.”

Parker continues, “We want our customers to enjoy the incredible Samsung Galaxy S III experience on Vodafone’s new network without having to watch their pennies on data use.”

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