The Galaxy S5 is now official, but when exactly is it heading our way? According to Samsung, the handset will start shipping on April 11th alongside the Gear 2, and will initially launch in 150 countries worldwide. Of course, individual carrier dates and launch plans will vary.
Expected availability in the U.S.
In the United States, T-Mobile and Sprint have both confirmed that they will carry the handset in April. At the time of this writing, Verizon and AT&T have yet to discuss their plans. Regional carrier US Cellular also announced it will be carrying the handset, but it doesn’t specify whether it will launch in April or not. [Update: Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular also confirm they will carry the GS5 in April.]
Expected availability in the UK
For those in the UK, a few carriers and select retailers have confirmed their plans to launch the device in April. On the carrier side we have EE, Three and Vodafone. Major retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse also plan to stock the device.
Expected availability in Canada
Canadian Galaxy S fans will have quite a few carriers to choose from: Bell, Fido, Rogers, Eastlink, MTS, Koodo, SaskTel, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, TELUS and WIND Mobile all have confirmed they will carry the Galaxy S5.Only Bell has specifically mentioned it will carry the handset in April, though we wouldn’t be surprised if at least TELUS and Rogers follow suit — if not all carriers.
Expected availability in Australia
In Australia several carriers have confirmed they will carry the Galaxy S5 including Optus, Vodafone AU, Telstra and Virgin Mobile. Both Telstra and Vodafone have “register of interest” pages up for the device, though none of the carriers say exactly when they will carry the device or even what month to expect it.
How much will the GS5 cost?
We may know that the Galaxy S5 is arriving in mid-April, but pricing isn’t exactly clear just yet. While the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 both fell around the $550-$600 mark (or about $199.99 on contract) a recent post from Bloomberg claims that carriers are pushing for Samsung to offer the GS5 for cheaper. It’s uncertain how much cheaper, or if the report is even accurate.
We’ll be sure to update as soon as we learn more about the Galaxy S5’s pricing and avalibility, so be sure to stay tuned to this post, and don’t forget to check out our Galaxy S5 and MWC 2014 content!