US carriers AT&T and T-Mobile to start Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders this week
AT&T has announced that anxious customers can begin pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy Gear on 17 September, and T-Mobile has said that it will open pre-orders the following day.
Neither US carrier has confirmed pricing, but the smartwatch should retail for $299 (£1880). AT&T tweeted on Monday that customers can currently go to its website to sign up and receive alerts for when pre-orders officially launch.
Verizon has already beat AT&T and T-Mobile, as it accepts pre-orders for a bundle that includes the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. That bundle costs $600 with a two-year contract. AT&T will offer only the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3 as standalone devices. Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders are now available via AT&T starting at $299.99 with a two-year contract. The units should begin shopping around 1 October.
T-Mobile has subsequently announced it will accept pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 - alongside the Galaxy Gear - on 18 September. As part of the carrier's "uncarrier" plan, the Galaxy Note 3 will cost $199.99 up front. There are also 24 monthly payments of $21 required. Both of Samsung's devices will hit T-Mobile shelves on 2 October, but they could begin shipping shortly before.
As for the other major US carrier, Sprint, its website only invites customers to register for more information about Samsung's latest devices. Meanwhile, US Cellular, a regional carrier, has not revealed any ordering plans or launch dates. That said, it is expected to get the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear in October.
Initially, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch needs the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone or Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) tablet to work. Samsung has said it plans to expand support as more devices update to Android 4.3.