The Samsung Galaxy S5 is hitting stores in April. But if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on it, you’re in luck – some network carriers have already started accepting pre-orders for the device.
If you’re planning to get the Galaxy S5, here’s what carrier networks are offering:
AT&T is offering the Galaxy S5 for $199 per month with a two-year contract, or you can opt for the Next Installment program, which costs $25 a month but you’ll be tied with the network for 26 months. Though the $25 a month plan looks quite appealing, you need to understand that it only covers the cost of the device – you still need to pay for the service, which will set you back another $45 a month for a basic package of unlimited talk and text, and only 300MB of data per month. And if you want additional services such as insurance or wireless solutions, be prepared to pay more money.
You can also purchase the Galaxy S5 without a contract for $649.99. If you sign up for a new line before March 31, 2014, you can get $100 bill credit if the customer remains in good standing for three billing cycles. The Galaxy S5 will start shipping on April 8, 2014.
Sprint is offering the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a two-year contract, or zero percent down and pay $27.09 per month for 24 months under its Sprint Framily Plan. The Framily Plan starts at $55 per month, which includes unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data, or get more data for an additional fee. Your monthly bill is at $82.09 per month, but there’s a $36 activation fee on your first bill. You can add up to 10 accounts to your Framily Plan and the cost of each line is reduced the more people joins your Framily. You can also join other Framily accounts if you have friends or family on it.
The good thing about the Framily Plan is that you are not tied to a contract, so there is no early termination fee. If you do decide to drop Sprint, you only have to pay for the remaining balance of the Galaxy S5’s price. If you do get the Galaxy S5 on Sprint’s Framily Plan, you can get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for free, if you get a two-year contract for the tablet. Sprint promises to have the Galaxy S5 to consumers as close to the April 11 launch as possible.
If you’re existing contract is the biggest hindrance between you and a Galaxy S5, T-Mobile has got you covered. The wireless service provider is offering to pay for your early termination fee if you trade-in your device and pre-order the Galaxy S5 before March 31, 2014. Not only that, you get the Galaxy S5 for zero percent down, which means you don’t pay for the device to get it, but you do have to pay $10 for a SIM starter kit. You will pay $27.50 per month for the device, and its basic service package comes at $50 per month which includes 1GB of 4G data and unlimited talk and text, for a total of $77.50 for the next 24 months, then pay only $50 after that period. The Galaxy S5 will start shipping on April 11, 2014.
Compare the phone
The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1080×1920 SuperAMOLED display, a 16MP rear camera capable of taking photos in less than a second, wireless connections such as 802.11 ac 2×2 MIMO and 4G LTE Advance, a 2,800 mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, water- and dust-proof, a heart rate sensor, Emergency Mode and more.
See how the Galaxy S5 compares to other smartphones here.