own3d:Dingbatt:avecha: Is there any reason why the phone is only available on contract when it's released?
Same as the the iPhone. If a product is expected to be in high demand a company will leverage that to maximise their return. If you have to have this device and can't source it 'handset only' you will have to go on contract.
If it's only available on contract in NZ, then I'll order from clove or mobicity
Auckland - 4 May 2012 - Vodafone New Zealand will offer the much-anticipated third generation Samsung GALAXY S smartphone – the Samsung GALAXY S III – this month, available on its attractive Smart and Smart Data plans.
That sucks. My S2 wasn't contract when they were released.