Samsung Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on-contract, preorders begin March 21
US carriers begin announcing on- and off-contract pricing for Samsung's next flagship smartphone, available for preorder starting Friday, as well as for Samsung's Gear family of wearables.
AT&T, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, and RadioShack announced on Thursday pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which globally goes on sale April 11.
AT&T and U.S. Cellular will charge $200 for the Galaxy S5, with a new two-year contract. T-Mobile will sell it at a pre-order price of $660, or $0 down and $27.50 per month for two years.
AT&T, too, offers various pricing options that make room to buy the Galaxy S5 off-contract for $650, or as part of its AT&T Next 18 and Next 12 programs, where you'll pay down $25 per month and $32.50 a month, respectively.
AT&T and U.S. Cellular customers can preorder their white or black Galaxy S5 online March 21 at the carriers' sites. T-Mobile opens up preorders on March 24. The carriers promise to ship the phones in early April. You can also pre-order in person at RadioShack, which sweetens the deal with a $50-off coupon for the final bill.
Unfortunately, neither carrier has announced plans to release the Galaxy S5 in its bright copper and blue shades. We'll update you here if that changes.
Gear wearables get in on the game
In addition, AT&T will put Samsung's new family of wearable devices on shelves later in April. The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch will cost $299, and both the simpler Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Samsung Gear Fit band get a $199 price tag.
AT&T customers who bundle a Gear 2 or Neo with the Galaxy S5 will get $50 off the bill.
Sprint and Verizon will also sell the phone, along with Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart.
This is an evolving story and will continue to be updated as more carrier pricing arrives.