US edition: Samsung Galaxy S5 release date and where can I get it?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 may seem like old news because they were announced in late-February, but nonetheless, they still haven't reached the market - which is what we've all been waiting for.
In the US, carriers and stores have begun announcing pre-order and pricing information for the next generation Samsung devices. Read on to find out all you need to know about the pricing and availability of the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 in the US. We'll be updating this list as we get more.
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AT&T announced the Galaxy S5 will be available for $199 on two-year contract. If customers would rather pay on a per month basis, the AT&T Next 18 program will cost $28 per month and the AT&T Next 12 will cost $32.50 per month.
For customers who want to pay for the full unlocked handset, it will cost $649.99.
AT&T will also sell the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit wearables. The Gear 2 is set at $299, while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are priced at $199 each.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit kick-off on 21 March at AT&T. If you're interested in buying the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo with the Galaxy S5, you can knock $50 off the price from 31 March through 5 June.
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US Cellular, a smaller carrier in the US, announced pricing for the Galaxy S5 will be set at $199 on two-year contract. Customers will receive a $50 Google Play promo code with their purchase.
US Cellular said it will also offer the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit, but didn't give any pricing information. We assume it's the same as AT&T's: $299 for the Gear 2 and $199 for the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.
The Galaxy S5 will be offered in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White at US Cellular, with sales kicking off on 11 April in-stores.
As expected, T-Mobile isn't taking the traditional route with Galaxy S5 pricing. It will offer the handset for $0 down, and 24 equal monthly payments (two years) of $27.50. All added together, that means you'll be paying $660 for the handset.
"This thing is so hot we’ve already seen over a half a million pre-registrations for the Galaxy S5," John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, said. "That’s a lot of very smart people grabbing this opportunity to pay nothing down, save more than a grand over the life of the other guys’ contracts, and have T-Mobile pay off every penny of their family’s early termination fees. It’s a brilliant move."
Pre-orders begin on 31 March in-stores and online.
Sprint is offering the Galaxy S5 for $199 on two-year contract or $649 off-contract. If you'd rather go the monthly route, $0 down and $27.09 a month over two years will make the next-generation handset yours. It plans to ship orders to you by 11 April.
Customers that sign up for Sprint's Framily plan will get a free Galaxy Tab 3 tablet with their Galaxy S5 purchase, as long as a two-year data plan for the tablet is also activated.
Sprint will also offer new Samsung Gear devices, including Samsung Gear Fit for $199.99, Samsung Gear 2 Neo for $199.99, and Samsung Gear 2 for $299.99.
Verizon has announced it will be carrying the Galaxy S5, but still hasn't provided specifics. It lists the handset as "coming soon" on its website. Presumably it will follow the same pricing structure as AT&T.
We'll be updating this list with the latest information as it streams in.