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.

Jessica Dolcourt Senior Director, Commerce & Content Operations
Jessica Dolcourt is a passionate content strategist and veteran leader of CNET coverage. As Senior Director of Commerce & Content Operations, she leads a number of teams, including Commerce, How-To and Performance Optimization. Her CNET career began in 2006, testing desktop and mobile software for Download.com and CNET, including the first iPhone and Android apps and operating systems. She continued to review, report on and write a wide range of commentary and analysis on all things phones, with an emphasis on iPhone and Samsung. Jessica was one of the first people in the world to test, review and report on foldable phones and 5G wireless speeds. Jessica began leading CNET's How-To section for tips and FAQs in 2019, guiding coverage of topics ranging from personal finance to phones and home. She holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).
Expertise Content strategy, team leadership, audience engagement, iPhone, Samsung, Android, iOS, tips and FAQs.
Jessica Dolcourt
2 min read

Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 sells for $200 with a carrier agreement, and for about $650 without one. Sarah Tew/CNET

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.

Watch this: Feature-packed Galaxy S5 scans prints, heart