When Optus announced its Canberra-based TDD-LTE services it did so showing off a few prototype handsets. Then it became apparent that the first real handsets would be Samsung ones; now we have pricing and availability dates.
The dual TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE version of the Galaxy S4 will sell outright for $744 with 16GB of onboard memory, or on Optus contract; the suggested plan is a $50/month (plus $7 handset repayment) option with a minimum 24 month cost of $1608.
The S4 Mini will come in a little cheaper at $576 outright or on a $50 Optus plan (with $5 monthly repayment) for a 24 month minimum cost of $1320. At a guess, they’ll have the same launcher bug as previous Australian Samsung handsets, but maybe we’ll get lucky this time.
Telstra meanwhile has announced it’s getting the Galaxy S4 Mini, but not when; for now all it’s got is an expression of interest form you can fill out.