Parallel importers will sell you a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone for less than $1000 while outlets like Noel Leeming and the Warehouse will sell it for a shade over a grand.

If you don’t want to pay up-front, New Zealand’s three mobile carriers all offer plans featuring the phone. Here I’ve listed the main offers from each carrier.

Telecom NZ will give you a phone for nothing upfront if you commit to spending $119 a month over two years. For that you’ll get 2GB of data a month – which is enough if you spend most of your time near a Wi-Fi hotspot.

That money also gets 600 call minutes. Spend the same money at 2degrees and you’ll get 700 call minutes.

Vodafone wants an extra dollar each month, for much the same deal – although it’s price includes the 4G data network. This may be a draw card for you: the Galaxy S4 whizzes along on the faster network.

There are nuances between network offerings. In particular 2degrees allows unused data and calls to carry over from one month to the next.

CarrierContract term monthsUpfront costmonthly costtotal costincluded dataextra cost /MBcall minutestexts
Vodafone24014033603GB0.207002500
Vodafone24012028802GB0.206002500
Vodafone2434910027491GB0.202002500
Vodafone244998024191GB0.202002500
Vodafone24999452079500MB0.201005000
Telecom24016940563GB0.20unmeteredunmetered
Telecom24013933362GB0.20800600
Telecom24011928562GB0.20600600
Telecom242998924351.5GB0.20400600
Telecom247493916851GB0.20200600
Telecom1274916927773GB0.20unmeteredunmetered
Telecom1274913924172GB0.20800600
Telecom1289911923272GB0.20600600
Telecom129498920171.5GB0.20400600
Telecom1210495917571GB0.20200600
Telecom121109391577750MB0.20150600
Telecom0114913911492GB0.20unmeteredunmetered
Telecom0114911911492GB0.201000unmetered
Telecom011498911491.5GB0.20700unmetered
Telecom011495911491GB0.20500unmetered
Telecom01149391149750MB0.20250unmetered
Telecom01149291149500MB0.20150unmetered
2degrees24017942963.5GBunmeteredunmetered
2degrees24014935762.5GBunmeteredunmetered
2degrees24011928562GB700unmetered
2degrees244508925861.5GB600unmetered
2degrees246506923061.25GB450unmetered
2degrees248504920261GB300unmetered
2degrees24900391836750MB220unmetered
2degrees241080291776500MB160unmetered
2degrees1274917928973.5GBunmeteredunmetered
2degrees1294914927372.5GBunmeteredunmetered
2degrees1294911923772GB700unmetered
2degrees129998920671.5GB600unmetered
2degrees1210296918571.25GB450unmetered
2degrees1210594916471GB300unmetered
2degrees121074391542750MB220unmetered
2degrees121104291452500MB160unmetered

4 thoughts on “New Zealand Samsung Galaxy S4 plans compared

  1. Pricespy.co nz has these cheapest GST-included parallel import prices today for the S4: 16Gb $913 (plus a whopping $30 for courier!), 32Gb $1233 and 64Gb $1289. They certainly rock it in for extra RAM.

    These are not particularly attractive prices. Six months ago I bought a 16Gb Galaxy Nexus through an importer listed in PriceSpy, for $500. The newer Nexus 4 (16Gb) is now listed at prices starting at $548. Half the price of an S4, but much better than half as good!

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