There’s already a few new Samsung products announced ahead of Mobile World Congress (Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) to name just two) and likely to be many more this year, given the company’s track record. But this means that last year’s mid-range Android hit, the Samsung Galaxy Ace, can now be had for some low prices.
It is however a nippy Android phone that easily does the basics and has a pretty design. The camera software is fairly basic but the 5-megapixel sensor and single LED flash ought to prove more than enough for most photo opportunities.
If you’re after an inexpensive phone and you want a touchscreen (as opposed an old-school 12-key phone) then you could do worse than the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Brace yourself as we embark on a whistle stop tour of network and online merchant deals pages.
Samsung Galaxy Ace: Best contract deals
O2 is selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace on a number of 24 and 18 month contracts, all of which you can have the Galaxy Ace on for free.
The cheapest 24 month deal that sees you getting 500MB of data thrown in is a £16.50 contract. While very cheap this gives you just 50 minutes and 250 texts. We think you might want to opt for the £21.50 deal which gives you a more solid 200 minutes, unlimited messages and an additional 250 minutes worth of O2 to O2 calls.
On 18 month plans, again the cheapest deal going is a £21.50 deal which will get you just 50 minutes and 250 texts alongside your 500MB of data. £27 a month gets you double the amount of minutes and messages, 100 and 500, while the data remains at 500MB.
The cheapest 18 month deal where unlimited messages get thrown in costs £32 a month and gives you 200 minutes alongside your 500MB of internet use.
All of these contracts can be upgraded so that you have an extra 1GB of data for an additional £4 a month if you need more. [link]
On Orange’s 24 month Panther 15.50 deal, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Ace free for a very reasonable £15.50 a month. Again, this doesn’t give you a great deal of minutes – just 50 – or data – 250MB – but unlimited texts are bunged in.
For a bit more on a 24 month contract you could opt for the Panther 20.50 plan which bulks up the minutes to 100, throws in unlimited messages and gives you a more reasonable 500MB of data to play with.
If you want even more data, then your best bet is the Panther 26, which gives you 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data.
On 18 month plans, there’s the Dolphin 26 deal which gives you 400 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of internet along with the Samsung Galaxy Ace included free.
If you’re less include to talk and more inclined to tweet, you can instead opt for the 18 month Panther 26 deal. For the same price – £26 a month – you get a free Samsung Galaxy Ace, 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data instead of 250MB. [link]
T-Mobile’s other Samsung Galaxy Ace deals aren’t quite as cheap per month as the others but generally you get a much healthier helping of data.
The cheapest T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Ace deal is this £16 24 month contract which gives you 50 minutes, 250 texts and 750MB of data. [link]
For £31 a month on a 24 month plan, you can get a free Samsung Galaxy Ace, 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1.5GB of data.
The same money can see you getting 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data instead, if you’d prefer something a bit more balanced.
Those after a free Samsung Galaxy Ace on the cheapest 18 month plans can, again, opt for £31 a month deals. These will give you either, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of data or 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data. [link]
On contract Three’s giving away free Samsung Galaxy Aces on three 24 month plans only. Text 100 costs £15 a month, gives you 100 minutes a month, 5000 texts and 500MB of data. Text 500 gives you a bit more, 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of internet.
You can also sign up for Three’s the One Plan and get the Samsung Galaxy Ace with a massive 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and unlimited All You Can Eat internet. [link]
On contracts with Vodafone you can snap up the Samsung Galaxy Ace for free on a 24 month plan for just £15.50 a month. This deal will get you 100 minutes, 500 messages and a rather small 250MB of data.
For plans with 500MB of data, you’re looking at paying £31 a month on a 24 month plan which will also give you 900 minutes and unlimited texts.
On 18 month plans, you’d pay £20.50 a month for the same minutes, messages and data that you get in the £15.50 deal described above, with the Samsung Galaxy Ace again coming bundled for free.
£31 a month for 18 months will also see you getting a free Samsung Galaxy Ace along with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data – 900 minutes less than the above-described 24 month plan, but the contract is six months shorter (or £186 cheaper if you look at it like that). [link]
Virgin Mobile is selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace free on 24 and 12 month contracts. The cheapest 24 month deal where you get a free Samsung Galaxy Ace is a £15.99 plan that gives you 75 minutes, 125 texts and 250MB of data.
£20.99 a month on 24 months will give you the same minutes and messages plus a handsome 2.5GB to play with.
12 month plans where you get a free Samsung Galaxy Ace start at £20.99, where you get 100 minutes, 250 texts and 250MB of data.
For that more roomy 2.5GB of internet on a 12 month plan, you’ll need to pay £25.99 which will get you a Samsung Galaxy Ace free plus 100 minutes and 250 messages. [link]
Tesco Mobile is also selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace on 24 and 12 month plans.
The cheapest 24 month deal that gives you a free Samsung Galaxy Ace is a £15 deal giving you 250 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB of data. If you want more minutes, then there’s a £25 deal which gives you 500 minutes, 5000 messages and 500MB of internet.
There are no 12 month Tesco Mobile plans which see you getting the Samsung Galaxy Ace for free – in any case you’ll need to pay £99.99 for the phone itself.
The cheapest 12 month deal however is a £25 plan that gives you 750 minutes, 5000 messages and 500MB of data. For £30 a month, this increases to a huge 1500 minutes, 5000 texts and the same 500MB of data. [link]
Carphone Warehouse’s prices for the Samsung Galaxy Ace may start at £15.50 a month, but not all of these come with data included.
If your not fussed about browsing the web or apps however, then the cheapest Vodafone plan via Carphone Warehouse – £15.50 a month for 24 months, 300 minutes and unlimited texts – might appeal.
If you do want some internet access included then there’s a Carphone Warehouse online exclusive O2 24 month deal which gives you 50 minutes, 250 texts and 500MB of data for just £16.50 a month. [link]
Phones 4u has a super-cheap £10.50 24 month Vodafone deal going which sees you getting a free Samsung Galaxy Ace, with 100 messages, 500 texts but no inclusive data.
If you want some internet action with your Samsung Galaxy Ace then there’s a 24 month T-Mobile deal that gives you 100 minutes, 500 texts and 750MB built in and costs just £21 a month. [link]
Samsung Galaxy Ace: Best Pay As You Go deals
Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Ace from the networks vary; on O2 Pay & Go you can get the Samsung Galaxy Ace for £169.99 plus a standard £10 top-up. [link]
On Orange the Samsung Galaxy Ace costs a little less, £159.99 plus the standard £10 for a top-up. [link]
Vodafone however is selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace for £135 plus £10 top up. [link]
Phones 4u is selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace for £145.95, plus £10 top up on O2, Orange or Vodafone. Not much incentive there for Vodafone customers, but O2 and Orange punters might want to save a few bob. [link]
On pay-as-you-go, you can snap up the Samsung Galaxy Ace for £199.95 from Carphone Warehouse plus a £10 top up on O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone. Again, not much of an argument here, unless you’re a T-Mobile customer. [link]
If you really want to make a saving, then Three’s selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace on pay-as-you-go for a super-cheap £99.
Topping up £15 a month will also see you able to make use of Three’s All You Can Eat unlimited data as well as give you 300 minutes and 3000 texts. You’ll have to pay up front for the phone but month on month, this works out at better value than the Text 100 plan, if making use of that unlimited data is your thing. [link]
Samsung Galaxy Ace: Best SIM-free and unlocked prices
Amazon is currently selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace SIM-free and unlocked for £174.99 with free delivery in the UK. [link]
Expansys is also selling the Samsung Galaxy Ace for £174.99 SIM-free and unlocked, but is currently out of stock. New stock is expected within the next 7 days and delivery is included as standard. If you’re really desperate though, a mere £6.98 for express delivery will see you getting your Samsung Galaxy Ace a little sooner. [link]
Samsung Galaxy Ace: Average price round-up
If you want a Samsung Galaxy Ace on contract with at least 500MB of data then you’re looking to pay something in the regions of £16-25 a month.
In some cases, you can be expected to for out a little more (£27-£31), but only in cases where you get generous helpings of minites and data as with T-Mobile and Three’s 24 month plans.
On pay-as-you-go, we’ve not seen anything that beats Three’s incredibly cheap offer of £99.99 for a Samsung Galaxy Ace. If you want to get a Samsung Galaxy Ace on another network though you’re looking at paying a bit more – the best prices we’ve seen are Phones 4u’s £145.99 deal, for O2, Orange and Vodafone. Those after a Samsung Galaxy Ace on T-Mobile pay-as-you-go will need to head over to Carphone Warehouse and get one for £199.99.
If you’re after a Samsung Galaxy Ace unlocked and unaffiliated with any specific network then then take your pick between Amazon and Expansys – both are selling it for £174.99 each.