Samsung Galaxy S5 now up for preorder via Verizon

Eager buyers can grab the phone for $200 with the usual two-year agreement, or $600 off contract.

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Verizon subscribers can now preorder Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Available at Verizon's Web site, the S5 actually retails for $250 with the standard two-year agreement. But Verizon is sweetening the deal with a $50 mail-in rebate debit card. Verizon subscribers who don't want to be locked into a contract can instead pay the full $600 for the phone.

Verizon is also tempting consumers who need more than one phone with a "buy one, get one free" deal. People who buy the Galaxy S5 can receive a second S5, a Samsung Ativ SE, or an HTC One M8 for free. Both of the phones must be purchased as either new lines or eligible upgrades and require the usual two-year contract.

Subscribers with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint can also preorder the S5. The phone officially launches April 11.

Verizon was up 10 cents at $48.22 in pre-market trading.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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