Samsung has done a bang-up job getting carriers around the globe (and particularly in North America) to fall in line with a standard design and pricing model for the Samsung Galaxy S III. For the most part, you should be able to head into your local mobile retailer and drop down the same money for an identical device, regardless of network. In Canada, at least one carrier looks to buck this trend, if only for a limited time.
Quebec-based Videotron, a regional provider, will sell the Galaxy S III for $99.95. While a three-year contract obligation has a lot to do with this, it still comes in at about $60 cheaper than the phone will sell for on a similar contract term on other Canadian networks. Give or take a few bucks depending on the carrier, the new Galaxy flagship is priced at $159.99.
Videotron will begin pre-sales of the Galaxy S III tomorrow, June 13th. Even after the limited-time offer, the GS3 will retail for $149.99 on a three-year plan.