Videotron to offer the Samsung Galaxy S III for a “reduced price” of $99.95

Ian Hardy

June 12, 2012 4:19pm

Quebec-based Videotron is primed to go live with their Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders tomorrow. Unlike most Canadian carriers who start off by selling the 16GB base model for $159.99, Videotron will be offering up the GS III “from just $99.95 for a limited time.” This is only available on their “reduced plan,” which is based on a 3-year contract. In addition, there’s fine print and stated that it’s “For a limited time. While supplies last. Certain conditions apply. The offer is subject to change without notice.”

Good to see a bit of savings before the official launch date on the 20th. Below is the full press release:

The wait is over! Videotron announces the presale tomorrow, the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, which will soon be entering its 4G network performance. From just $ 99.95* for a limited time, Videotron customers will then get their hands on this new smartphone, intuitive and powerful, some analysts describe as best phone on the market.

Available on the popular platform Android TM 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy S III offers the experience of interaction and exchange of information that is most advanced. This pioneering device sets a new standard in terms of gestural communication that will allow Videotron customers to communicate and exchange of natural and spontaneous way. With innovative design and an enhanced intelligence, this device is designed to make life easier for its users through its user-friendliness.

Advance sale June 13

To provide the best possible experience to its customers, Videotron will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III presale tomorrow. To enjoy what this offer, simply register on videotron.com / mobile or call 1-877 512-0911. Normally priced at $ 149.95 with profits made ​​over 36 months, the unit will be for a limited time available for the low price of $ 99.95 *.

  • hoo dat

    Can soebody please explain to me what the actual difference is between Videotron and Bell??

    • Hub

      Their TV service is better and cheaper, so you get to benefit from the bundle discount….

      *sigh*

    • Chris

      Bell has a robot answering your phone calls. Videotron had a person answering my calls within 2 phone rings when I inquired about their cell plan a year ago. I guess Bell is more high tech with their robot!

    • Steven

      unlike bell or any of the other big four, videotron is the only one to offer unlimited minutes plans without conditions

      I agree that 3-years is ridiculous considering the technology of the phone is obsolete in half that time, but this is a uniquely canadian stupidity

      I get the same as I used to get with bell, plus unlimited minutes (instead of only 200), plus unlimited txt (instead of only 500) for $55 with videotron instead of $80 with bell

      screw bell … screw the big four

      as for long distance, I dont even bother with it for home/cell .. since I can use My magicjack in My laptop for unlimited perfect quality to anywhere in north america … it cost $40 in the store and $20/YEAR :p

  • Hub

    *on 3 year contracts*

    Yep Videotron is just applying to enter the cartel of telcos. So sad for Quebec customers.

  • A guy

    I’m still wondering what the outright price is going to be.

  • shaggyskunk

    Not a fan of either, but videotron does cater to the francophone. Having lived in Quebec, the preferences given to French are noticeable. Just an observation.

  • Monkey Face

    Knowing these small print promos, limited quantities are probably like five SG3s.

  • Randy – 1

    How sad that Videotron, a relative newcomer to mobility, has joined in the uniquely Canadian telco cult of 3 year contracts.

    Has anyone else found another western nation aside from us where 3 year contracts for any meaningful phone subsidy, rather than 2, are the norm? I haven’t yet come across any.

  • zzzZZZZzz

    @Randy, it’s not like you HAVE to take it on a 3yr plan. There’s always the outright price available.

    Ever wondered that maybe, just maybe some people actually want to go on a 3yr? I’m not defending this procedure – buying my phones outright for the past 3 years – but some people don’t have the cash right away and most are wary about buying from kijiji or craigslist.

    • Randy – 1

      Well, no one ‘wants’ to go on a 3 year plan, but I get what you’re saying. But I think you’re missing my point.

      What I’m saying is, why is it that to get a phone in Canada, the only viable options are to buy it outright, or sign a 36 month contract? 1 and 2 year contracts in Canada are a complete and utter joke. Sign on for 24 months to save $75-$100?! …sometimes less.

      Why is it every other country in the world can offer their best deals on phone subsidies on a 2 year plan, yet we have to sign on for 3 years to get a similar savings? 3 years is a virtual lifetime in tech terms given the rate of change. …and at the end of it, the phone is still not free and clear ours unless we pay $50-$75 more to have it unlocked, or find a 3rd party way around it.

      It’s ridiculous. When friends of mine from various parts of the world see our phone prices advertised, and notice the “on a 3 year term” they either laugh or simply shake their head in disbelief. That we just accept it, and in some cases defend it, is what makes me shake my head.

  • bly

    to enjoy what this offer,

  • Mike

    Good price, seems like they dont ask for a minimum data plan

  • Alex Perrier

    i have to say that i’m impressed with the new Vidéotron website. It looks much nicer than the old one, and you can select a device category instead of having them all listed on the same page.

    That’s about where the fun ends. Plans are still Robelus-ish. Why settle for Québec-Wide calling when you can get Canada-Wide calling plus more features for the same price? The TV (30 hours for only $15/month) is a pretty sweet deal, especially if it works in HDMI-out mode. Other than that, Vidéotron doesn’t have much to offer.

  • montrealer

    unfortunately for us, Quebecers, videotron won the frequency auction for Quebec. So instead of having windmobile, we have a compagny that does little to differentiate itself from the big 3.

  • Allen

    Unlimited Quebec calling plan with text is $60.45 plus $8 for calliner I’d and vm

    With koodo and virgin it costs 50$ for unlimited Canada. Why would someone pay more for less?

    Even with 3 bundles services it costs $55.45, with virgin you get 10% of you bill towards a new phone which is like another 10% off

    Anyone with videotron must be really bad with basic math.