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US carriers detail pre-orders for Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit [u]

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu March 20, 2014

Pre-orders for Galaxy S5 start tomorrow on both carriers

(Updated with T-Mobile launch details) AT&T and US Cellular will be putting up Samsung's flagship smartphone for pre-order tomorrow, with AT&T also preparing to sell the manufacturer's new wearable devices. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on both, as well as the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches and the Gear Fit on AT&T, will be available to order through the carrier's stores and websites, with devices set to ship in early April.

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 will cost AT&T customers $650 off-contract, or alternately for $200 up-front as part of a new two-year agreement. The smartphone will also be available through AT&T's Next plans, priced at $25 per month under AT&T Next 18, or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. US Cellular is also pricing the Galaxy S5 at $200 up-front on a new contract, but also includes a $50 Google Play credit, and gives the date of April 11th.

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo

While the Galaxy S5 could be acquired through AT&T Next, the same cannot be said about the wearables for AT&T's pre-orders. The Gear 2 will cost $299 excluding taxes through the carrier, while the camera-less Gear 2 Neo will be priced at $199. AT&T is also offering $50 off the cost of the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when bought alongside the Galaxy S5. The sport-oriented Gear Fit will be priced at $199, though oddly it is not included in the $50 discount offer. US Cellular has not detailed its Samsung smart watch pre-order plans nor pricing, but will be selling the devices from April 11th.

Update: T-Mobile has also joined in with revealing its pre-order plans. Starting from March 24th, customers can opt to get the Galaxy S5 online or in-store for no up-front payments, but with 24 monthly payments under the Jump program, though the carrier has not revealed how much it will cost each month. Customers pre-ordering by March 31st will receive a "special, introductory price," with T-Mobile also offering $120 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with a Mobile Internet plan and 200MB of free data for the life of the tablet, until the same date.

by MacNN Staff



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