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The first two US carriers to tell you when they'll take your Galaxy S5 money are AT&T and US Cellular. Both carriers have announced the start of GS5 pre-orders on March 21st. The Galaxy S5 will cost $199 on-contract with either carrier and $649 without (only listed by AT&T).

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US Cellular says the April 11th launch date is still valid, but AT&T only says "early April" for pre-order shipping. Devices will probably arrive on April 11th, though. US Cellular is also offering a $50 Google Play gift card to anyone who pre-orders. AT&T isn't handing out free money, but it does have Next pricing for the device – $25 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $32.50 per month with Next 12.

None of the other carriers have made a peep yet, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen very soon. Start counting those pennies.

Update: T-Mobile on 3/24 for $0 down and 24 monthly payments. Thanks, Jonathan

[AT&T PR, US Cellular PR]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Aooga

    16gb again? No thanks.

    • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

      You can get a 32GB microSD card for under $20 (under $25 for one of the fast ones) and have 48GB of storage for less than the cost of a 32GB phone. Also when/if you fill that up you can replace it with a 64GB card (which BTW is still less expensive than the typical price difference between a 16GB and 32GB phone).

      • EH101

        The 16gb version is said to only have 8gb available out of the box, so if you like to game and the games you like to play don't save their extra files to the SD, you'll run out of space very quickly. I use a 64gb SD and I'm still going to be getting a 32gb phone when the time comes.

        • RaptorOO7

          Actually it has been stated it comes with closer to 10+GB of storage.

      • Aooga

        I'm saying it should come with 32GB for <$199. HTC does it. Motorola does it.

        Especially considering Samsung bloat takes up a minimum of 6GB.

        • duh

          Moto. Does. Not.

          • Aooga

            Moto X is $50 for the 32GB. (On contract).

      • RaptorOO7

        Since Kit Kat does not support apps on the SD card without root and if you get root and are willing to void your warranty (many are not willing to do that) then what good is a 32GB microSD card . . . Nothing. I have (2) 64GB microSD and they only hold media files now.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    My money is waiting for the release of the HTC One(2014)
    Aluminium>Band-Aid

    • Mystery Man

      HTC one 2013 feels really cheap and slippery in hand. I never understood the aluminum circle jerk?

      • HugePotato

        Well I don't mind plastic in my GS3. I am pretty sure it saved the screen a few times but still the aluminium has more premium feel. And GS5 looks very bad imo, Z2 for me!

      • jonathan3579

        It feels really cheap compared to what? Sure, it's slippery but cheap feeling? Hardly.

    • Somedude

      Yes your are right. iPhone, htc, Sony and nexus are better than samesong aka shamesung. Sgs5 ewwwwwwwwww no thanks. I prefer to wait for iPhone 6 and nexus 6

  • gladgura

    Prediction, people (the average consumer) are going to mistakenly call this phone The Galaxy 5S.

    • bradmeyerlive

      ATT phone seller checking in. Literally had someone tell me they wanted an S4. Set it up, went to talk then through how to use it, then they said "I said I wanted an s4. This isn't an iPhone." I learned a lot that day.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Is that the S5 in the picture? Looks like a goddamn budget phone

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Samsung evolution and innovation changelog:
      iPhone to S? Copy design as is..
      S1 to S2? Keep design as is.
      S2 to S3? Give fucking weird colour names (Pebble Blue, Arctic White, Penis Brown, Asshole Black).
      S3 to S4? Spot The Difference contest.
      S4 to S5? Fuglify with band-aid for the hurt of your Samsung fanboy ego.

      • Sourabh Sekhar

        Penis brown, Asshole Black?
        LMFAO!!

  • frafri

    I wonder how much is it if you are eligible for an upgrade?
    Sprint sucks by the way :P
    doesn't matter what phone

    • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

      It says in the article that the off-contract price is $649 on AT&T at least.

      Edit: sorry I misread, it's $199 for the upgrade price.

  • Derek Duncan

    If I sign up for the Next plan and fully pay the 650 for the phone, I own it at that point and can sell as I ppease, correct?

    • RaptorOO7

      Yes or you can sign up for next, make payments and reduce your $40 access fee by a nice chunk and when you are ready to sell it pay it off in full and get another Next upgrade.

      Too bad AT&T doesn't get with the program and allow you to pay down to 50% and trade in anytime like Verizon does. I want the GS5, but I will want the GN4 in the fall too.

  • Godspoken

    Meanwhile, the Note 3 is still $299 on Verizon (at least through their own website), god knows why.

    • duh

      Because the Note 4 doesn't come out for another 6 months...

      Duh...

  • hellboy
  • RaptorOO7

    Right on time and NO VERIZON, wow what a shocker. Plus no mention of 32GB which means we won't see it until what May.

  • USiT

    Pre-order started yesterday here in Sweden @ 6395 SEK for a unlocked one.