May 09, 2017
Samsung have just launched their new Galaxy S8 flagship handset, with its beautiful curved screen, impressive camera, and new AI assistant. But how much will you be able to get this Android Angel for on a contract? Tariffic, a South African company that helps businesses and individuals manage & minimise their cellphone bills, has just released its quarterly ‘’Tariffic Tracker’’ focusing on the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals available in the market. This is based on finding the perfect handset deals based on a few cellphone users, looking at each users’ specific cellphone usage.
Tariffic identified the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals for three different hypothetical users – Susanne who uses 200 minutes and 1GB of data; Dineo who uses 350 minutes and 2.5GB of data; and Tshepo who uses 500 minutes and 5GB of data. Tariffic’s analyses calculated the optimal all-in price that each user would pay every month, which includes their subscription (with any additional handset installment), add-on bundles, and out-of-bundle spend. The company listed the promotional extras that the mobile network operators are offering as well.
The results show that in all three cases MTN’s My MTNChoice+ deals offered either the best or the second-best deals. This is followed by Telkom, whose FreeMe packages came in second-best on two occasions and third-best for the heavy cellphone user. It is also interesting to note that the best deals on the cheapest network are, on average, 40% cheaper than the best deals on the most expensive network.
Antony Seeff, Tariffic’s CEO, says, “Many people look for the cheapest deal they can find when purchasing a new contract with the phone they want”. He continues, “but they’ll land up paying for it down the line when they go out-of-bundle because the contract they chose wasn’t right for them”. Seeff recommends that people looking for the latest Galaxy S8 handset find the best contract for them, based on the phone they want but also based on their unique behavior. “This may cost more upfront, but will be much cheaper in the long term”, he adds. Seeff encourages consumers to use Tariffic’s free contract optimisation tool, available at http://www.tariffic.com, to find the perfect handset deals for them based on their lifestyle.
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Tariffic was founded in 2011 to help consumers and businesses save money on their cellphone bills. Tariffic’s mission is to help cellphone users understand, optimise, and manage their cellphone spend and cellular usage.
Tariffic’s award-winning software has been recognised as a unique innovation, on an international scale. In 2012 Tariffic was awarded a Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII) grant for global innovation by the Department of Trade & Industry deeming components of its software a world first. In 2013 Tariffic was invited to the Enterprise Technology Show to present and discuss its global innovation, and in 2014 Tariffic was a finalist in Microsoft’s Start Up Tel-Aviv competition and a guest at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa’s prestigious Innovation Summit, to name a few accolades. In 2016, Tariffic received Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 New Product Innovation Award in the Value-Added services industry in South Africa. Tariffic is also a graduate of Microsoft’s BizSpark and BizSpark+ programmes.
Tariffic is partly owned by Saicom Holdings. The Saicom group of companies are leaders in business telecommunication, largely focusing on telephony systems for corporate clients, VoIP operators, and international Telco carriers. Through its subsidiaries, including Saicom Voice Services and Saicom Technology, Saicom have rolled out telecommunications solutions to government departments, municipalities, financial institutions, and some of the largest call centres and corporations around South Africa and the African continent.
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