SAMSUNG’S first 5G smartphone is finally on sale in the UK – and there are deals aplenty.
We’ve tracked down the cheapest offers and prices for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Edition, but be warned: it’s an expensive phone no matter how you buy it.
2 The Galaxy S10 5G is seriously fast – and very expensiveCredit: Reuters
What is the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Edition?
Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G Edition back in February, but it’s only going on sale now.
It’s a supercharged version of the regular (and cheaper) Galaxy S10, with the main extra being 5G connectivity.
To connect to the ultra-fast 5G phone networks that have now arrived in the UK, you’ll need a 5G phone.
And the Galaxy S10 5G Edition is one of the UK’s first handsets to do so.
5G internet – what is it?Here’s what you need to know…
5G is the next generation of mobile phone networks
Just like 4G made your mobile internet faster and more reliable compared to 3G, 5G will do the same again
Phone networks across the UK are currently scrambling to introduce 5G phone speeds for Brits
Typical 4G speeds today will typically fall between 50Mbps and 100Mbps
But early 5G speeds will raise this bar to several hundred megabits-per-second
And once 5G networks are advanced, you’ll expect to enjoy gigabit-per-second speeds
However, you’ll need to upgrade your phone plan to a 5G tariff
Also, not all smartphones support 5G internet – they’ll need to have a 5G-ready modem inside
We’re only now starting to see 5G smartphones in 2019, so older phones won’t support the new speeds
Many top phone makers have committed to making (or already launched) 5G-ready smartphones
These include Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, LG and Oppo
Best Samsung Galaxy S10 5G deals – cheapest contracts for June 2019
Right now, only two phone networks are offering contracts: EE and Vodafone.
That’s because EE is the only network to offer 5G connectivity, and Vodafone is switching its network on soon (July 3).
The price of the handset bought outright (without a SIM card) is £1,099.
For Vodafone, the deal with the cheapest total cost and lowest monthly payments we’ve found gets you 5GB of data for £50 a month.
That’ll cost you £499 upfront, with a total pay-out of £1,699 over two years.
Galaxy S10 5G at Vodafone (5GB data) for £50 a month (£499 upfront) – buy now
The Vodafone deal with the lowest upfront cost is £74 a month and £299 upfront.
That’ll get you 30GB of data, but it’ll cost a hefty £2,075 over two years.
Galaxy S10 5G at Vodafone (30GB data) for £74 a month (£299 upfront) – buy now
The Vodafone deal with the highest data allowance gets you 100GB of data for £85 a month.
It’s got a £299 upfront fee, bringing the total contract cost to £2,339 over two years.
Galaxy S10 5G at Vodafone (100GB data) for £85 a month (£299 upfront) – buy now
Probably the best all-rounder deal on Vodafone is £62 a month and £360 upfront.
That gets you 15GB of data for a total contract cost of £1,848 over two years.
Galaxy S10 5G at Vodafone (15GB data) for £62 a month (£360 upfront) – buy now
2 The Galaxy S10 5G Edition is one of the UK’s first 5G smartphone modelsCredit: AFP or licensors
ON EE, the cheapest total cost and lowest monthly payments we’ve found is £69 a month with 10GB of data.
You’ll pay £130 upfront, bringing the cost of the contract up to £1,786.
Galaxy S10 5G at EE (10GB data) for £69 a month (£130 upfront) – buy now
The EE deal with the lowest upfront cost is a 30GB plan for £10 upfront.
However, you’ll pay £79 a month, bringing your total two-year pay-out up to £1,906.
Galaxy S10 5G at EE (30GB data) for £79 a month (£10 upfront) – buy now
The EE deal with the highest data allowance gets you 120GB data for £89 a month.
That’ll cost you a paltry £10 upfront, but the high monthly cost means you’ll end up paying £2,146 overall.
Galaxy S10 5G at EE (120GB data) for £89 a month (£10 upfront) – buy now
Probably the best all-rounder deal on EE is a £74 a month plan with 10GB of data.
It’ll cost you £30 upfront, with a total bill of £1,806 over two years.
Galaxy S10 5G at EE (10GB data) for £74 a month (£30 upfront) – buy now
Note: We’ve excluded any contracts that don’t include 5G data as standard. There are cheaper ways to get this phone without a 5G SIM, but you might be better off just getting a 4G phone like the Samsung Galaxy S10 instead.
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Sony was recently rumoured to be working on a foldable 5G smartphone called the Xperia F.
Previous rumours suggested that Apple could be working on a foldable smartphone.
If you want to check out a more tangible Apple gadget, you might be interested in the very impressive iPhone XR.
All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.
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