SIM-only MVNO Vaya to sell Galaxy S III 4G

Low-cost Optus MVNO Vaya will sell the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G on its network

Australian low-cost mobile virtual network operator Vaya has finalised a deal which will see the company sell the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G Android smartphone on its network.

The move to offer the Galaxy S III 4G on a contract plan marks the first time Vaya will sell a sell a subsidised mobile handset with its plans.

The low cost provider currently offers a range of SIM-only plans and 4G data-only plans using the Optus network.

The Galaxy S III 4G will be available for an additional cost of $34 per month as an add on to Vaya's Power Plan 22, 34 or 45 plans.

Combined with these plans, the total cost of the Galaxy S III 4G will be $56 per month, $68 per month, or $79 per month, respectively.

The Galaxy S III 4G pricing details on the Vaya network.
The Galaxy S III 4G pricing details on the Vaya network.

When quizzed on why the company has not previously offered handsets on contract, Vaya's CEO, Ben Pullen, told PC World Australia that it refuses to offer any deals unless they are "equal to or the best on the market".

"We haven't done anything [around handsets] earlier because our core mission is always to offer the best services at the lowest prices. We will only offer deals where it's equal to or the best on the market for same or similar services."

Last week, Vaya announced and released 4G mobile plans for the first time. The plans start at $9 per month with a data allowance of just 100MB and range up to $45 per month with a 3GB data allowance.

Vaya's 4G "power plans".
Vaya's 4G "power plans".

Pullen said the smaller plans with minimal data allowance are all about giving customers choice.

"There are still a substantial number of people who, regardless of 4G, still use their phone as a phone. For those people, we have a $9 plan whereby we keep the recurring cost as low as possible at the expense of included data."

"If someone does need extra data, for $7/month they can purchase an extra 1GB of data - customers can have as much as they like, for as long as they like, month by month. Customers can even add these mid-month to avoid any potential overspend."

All Vaya plans can be purchased on both month to month and 24 month contracts. New customers will receive 20 per cent off the monthly plan price for a maximum of 24 months on all plans.

Pullen confirmed that while there are no such current deals for existing customers, current users of the Vaya network will be offered the best rates on any new products.

"As we grow and release new products (apart from SIMs) existing customers will be rewarded with the best rates for these new products."

"The 20 per cent off offer is for a limited time only to give people wanting to try the new 4G network extra incentive to come across, to give it a go."

Vaya will sell the Samsung Galaxy S3 4G on its website from Friday 18 April.

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