T-Mobile Galaxy S5 price: $672?

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One of our astute readers was browsing through the T-Mobile online store and spotted the Galaxy S5 has a placeholder, now showing the full retail price of $672. Although it’s seemingly a little expensive, it’s worth noting that it’s only $48 more than the current price of the Galaxy S4. Once you click on the phone and view its overview page, the pricing information disappears.

In terms of monthly commitments, presuming we’re looking at a $0 down offer, it’ll be 24 monthly payments of $28, putting it up near the top end of the scale. There’s a chance this is just a simple placeholder, but I can’t imagine the official pricing – when announced – will be far from the $672 on show, if it changes at all.

Thanks, Steven.

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  • Frettfreak

    so this will cost the same as the gargantuan note 3 pretty much?? kinda lame

    • Almeuit

      The Note 3 is a 5.7 screen.. The S5 is 5.1… They aren’t to far off now :P.

      • JBLmobileG1

        It makes me wonder if the Note 3 will have a 6 inch screen size. I think anything above Note 3 is pushing it, but it seems like bigger is the new thing. I still remember when everyone wished their phones were smaller. LOL

        • Noor Mahmoud

          I wouldn’t mind. The Note 2 was smaller than the Note 1, and the Note 3 was smaller than the Note 2. If they increase the screen size while making the body smaller, then it doesn’t matter imo.

        • Jay Holm

          I don’t think it’s smaller people were pushing for, it’s thinner. But when it comes to screen size, I draw the line at 5.25 inches, that’s my max. At some point, soon. As the S Series, and Note Series continue having larger, and larger sized screens, the specs of “mid-range” smartohones will become plenty sufficient.

        • Coqui

          Agreed, I have the Note 3 and I think it is the perfect size. I do not want anything bigger, unless the screen is a bit bigger but the phone is same size or a bit smaller. like with the Note 3 vs Note 2, where the Note 3 has a bigger screen but is still smaller in size compared to the Note 2.

        • zifnab

          I still do. 4.5 – 4.7 is perfect imo, and I have giant hands. I still have 0 interest in the note.

  • Samsucksass

    I read some articles saying Sammy was going to price it aggressively. Guess not. Plus it’s ugly as f@#k.

  • auser72

    Yawns as i am playing with my Note 3…. :-)

  • Andrew Wong

    If I was buying a new phone, I would be all over the LG G2 for $499. The AT&T version just got the Kit Kat update too.

  • Randall Lind

    forgetting the price anything about 16/32gb?

    • thepanttherlady

      If you go to T-Mobile’s website, the info is there:

      Memory

      2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 32GB Expandable Memory Slot

      • Jay Holm

        Samsung’s touchwiz takes up way, way too much memory. 32GB model, or no sale! It’s 2014 already! The price of memory should have come down already. On high-end smartphones, 32GB’s should be the bare minimum.

        • thepanttherlady

          You’re preaching to the choir, Jay! LOL

        • 21stNow

          I blame Apple for this. Apple charges $100 more for a 32GB iPhone over a 16GB iPhone. How much does a 16GB SD card cost these days? My guess is that it is $10 or less (I haven’t looked these up recently). I can understand charging $25 more for a 32GB phone due to the convenience factor of having the memory built in, but $100 is ridiculous.

        • Dakota

          Apple doesn’t allow you to use a memory card while Samsung does. Look on the bright side. No one’s forcing you yo to pay another $100 for memory. Get the SD card if thats what you want & take advantage of that option while more phones are going without SD slots

        • donnybee

          Why blame Apple? Doesn’t Samsung have a choice on whether they want to compete better or not? Or do you really think that highly of Apple that they dictate the ENTIRE market? ..that’s a little ridiculous.

          In any case, I think all phones should have at least 32GB of memory because not everything is a smooth transition from internal memory to SD card. For instance, when I had my POS GS4, it quickly ran out of memory because I only had 8.5GB for my apps. Somehow my apps took up that much space. Another point to bring up regarding SD vs onboard storage, is that I’ve lost my Android phone before. I got it back, but my SD card and everything on it was lost. Sure some of it uploaded to the cloud, but not all of it. And any pics that did weren’t full resolution. If I lost my iPhone, I lock it down, track it, and when I find it, nothing is lost.

          I’d much rather see a world where SD cards were only there for backups and not the actual relied-upon storage, than what we have now with phone manufacturers basically requiring you to have an SD card if you want to store your pics and files. The more onboard storage, the better.

        • 21stNow

          I’m not a fan of Apple’s products, but they are a strong force in the smartphone market. I’m willing to bet if Apple made the minimum onboard storage 32GB for iPhones, no other high-end smartphone would come out with less storage after that.

          I’m agreeing with the sentiment that more internal storage is better. I also agree that there should be the choice provided by a micro-SD card slot.

        • donnybee

          I agree, I think Apple could cause a shift in the market if they ditched the 16GB standard. But on the same hand, I blame Android more than anything. Most people don’t care how much memory it has because they’ve been forced to have an SD card for so long that now they don’t even look twice at the internal storage of a phone. People have become complacent and accepting, and I think that’s more detrimental to the market than anything Apple has done.

        • Dakota

          If you can put a 64gb memory card, what’s the big deal. Their 16gb becomes entry level like others’ 8gb.

        • Jay Holm

          I heard Kitkat 4.4+ doesn’t play nice with sd cards, and therefore the need for more internal memory has increased.

      • MastarPete

        WTF!! Seriously who do I need to get in touch with to complain!

        • Dakota

          Tweet Legere

        • Randall Lind

          Legere is awesome he put me on Jump because a guy told me it right after I brought the phone. T-mo rep wanted me to pay my phone off trade it in and buy the same phone to get on jump. CEO exc support team called me after a tweet to Legere and put me on it. It was pretty cool a no one like me getting a call from the same calls.

      • Randall Lind

        Looked last night no S5 listed

  • S. Ali

    Sounds about right, early adopter price, then it will drop down in a few months.

  • Jay Holm

    I swear! The pricing of smartohones really, really disgusts me!!!!!! But yet a tablet is $200-$300 cheaper? WTH???

    • Spanky

      The fact that a decent laptop can be had for about $500 is even worse.

    • bob90210

      If you don’t like the price, then don’t buy it. A smartphone is not water; you will not die if you don’t have one.

    • Verizonthunder

      Have you tried other websites to buy three options. One and top pick swappa, two Craigslist and three ebay

    • 21stNow

      I agree with you for the most part, but I think that it would be better to compare high-end phones to high-end tablets and even better to compare products from the same manufacturer. A 32GB Wi-Fi only Note Pro is $750. When one comes out that has a cellular radio, I’m sure that it will be over $800.

      So far, manufacturers have been charging more for cell phones partially due to the convenience factor and partially because of the fractured payee structure that we had with the subsidized phone market. Once phones aren’t subsidized like most tablets weren’t subsidized, I hope that we start to see prices come down.

      • philyew

        I hope you’re right, but see my response to MastarPete. The US market isn’t a big share of the global smartphone market, where the big ticket brands still dominate. The distribution method overseas is less carrier-centric, but many people still tolerate huge device prices.

        I think technology fatigue may ultimately be the influence which pushes down prices. The initial response to the S5 indicates that the wow-factor may be diminishing. I’m frankly bored with Android and may take a look at a cheaper Nokia Windows device next, just keep it a bit interesting.

        If others start to react the same way, we may start to see prices drop.

        • Jay Holm

          Interesting point! Plus mid-range phones are becoming more, and more capable, and therefore it being less necessary to get an S5. I currently have an S4, and am very happy with it.

        • 21stNow

          I somewhat agree that the US isn’t a large part of the global smartphone market, but I think that its influence is greater than its size. Subsidized phones do exist in some other parts of the world, but they haven’t dominated in the way that they have in the US.

          I agree that less fascination with high-end phones can lead to lower prices, as well. There is less fascination with high-end PCs today than there was 20 years ago, and we enjoy lower prices now.

          A hint about the Windows Phone: don’t go too cheap. Windows Phone can offer a suitable experience for some (not me at the moment), but the lower-end phones (like the 521) sacrifice too much. It’s barely better than the basic phone that I had 10 years ago.

  • HangmanSwingset

    “But Apple devices are more expensive!” – every Android user who has ever bashed the iPhone.

    • TheVorlon

      And then when you point out the unlocked price of a Galaxy S, they make excuses about how that isn’t the “real” price.

    • kalel33

      If Apple had a 5″ screen then I bet the Iphone wouldn’t just be $625 but more like $700+

      • Dakota

        You’ll soon be able to find that out

      • donnybee

        Tablets have bigger screens but don’t cost more than the iPhone. Apple has always followed the pricing schedule they’re on now, and I don’t see that changing. I’m sure they’ll create a phone with a bigger screen, but not phablet size. That’s too much. I’m thinking something that can still be used with 1 hand, at any angle, and be as portable as possible. My guess is 4.3″ – 4.5″.

        We’ll see though! :)

      • zifnab

        I haven’t had an iphone yet, but want one if they make a bigger screen this year. But 5″ … no thanks. That’s when it starts getting too big for comfort.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/ImpyChick pantlesspenguin

          To me it depends on the ergonomics of the device. I had a Sony Xperia Z with a 5″ screen and it was uncomfortable for me to hold because of the squared corners. Now I have the LG G2 with a 5.2″ screen and it’s more comfortable to hold because of the rounded corners.

    • donnybee

      And the problem with Androids is they become obsolete too quickly. So that high price upfront, won’t last down the road, unlike an iPhone.

  • JMF_mobile

    At that price iphones looking better all the time. if only they’d bump up their screen size to 4.5″.

  • pdxduckfan

    Soo happy with my $399 Nexus 5 from google.

    • philyew

      I was happy with mine as well until it started dialing at random when locked in my pocket, and it started taking 10 seconds to wake up from sleep mode.

      I just had to add the international dialing plan to prevent further expense after it dialed a mobile number in Europe and ran up a $16 charge.

      Time for a factory reset.

      • Steve

        My Nexus 4 randomly dials people too

        • philyew

          Has it always done that? Or did it start with the KitKat update?

          I don’t like the native dialer in 4.4.2 and suspect that may be the problem.

        • Steve

          Before and after. But it doesn’t really happen often anymore

        • zifnab

          My only n4 issue is the proximity sensor doesn’t work some times and i start ear dialing while on a call, or hang up with my cheek

  • Druff

    GS4 better drop in price.

    • Torry

      It just did. Web only offer of $576. A $48 savings. Not a lot, but it’s a start.

      • Jay Holm

        I’m sure by the time the S5 comes out, the S4 will go down further. My mother is in the market, and I’m moving her from my Vzn account to Tmo, she will likely want to pay the lesser price for the still very capable S4.

        • Rob

          She should move to a phone that’s actually worth something, the One. Not Samsung’s garbage.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          >worth something
          >HTC
          pick one. I would (and did) buy an LG before I bought another HTC.

    • tomarone

      A friend bought the GS4 on Verizon and it’s trouble, trouble, trouble. Battery, Freezing with a white screen, I can’t understand it. Google it. Very sad.

  • Torry

    T-mobile is having the gs5 sweepstakes and in the official rules they have the retail value for the gs5+s_view flip cover for $668.99. The flip cover retails for about $49.99 which would make the phone cost $619. How much T-mobile wants to make on the phone is not known. But would guess a few more dollars.

    • Dakota

      And bgr posted some silly rumor that it will be a $400 phone. NOT. That would sell a huge number of devices but seems totally unrealistic

  • Ticket

    Once the two years of unsubsidized phones occurs, the manufacturer will see that people are holding on their phone longer and hopefully decrease the cost.

    • MastarPete

      Technically there are people that have already been on value plans (no subsidy w/ EIP) for 2 years, myself included.

      Of three lines, two are 3+ year old motorola feature phones, and a second hand iphone 3GS.

      The only real way handset prices will fall is if carriers were to completely stop being phone dealers and leave it to retail outlets to peddle devices that can universally connect to any cellular network. There are just way too many barriers (read: lobbyists) in place to prevent that from actually happening though.

      As far as the manufacturers are concerned, the carriers have deeeeep pockets and will throw money at just about any device they make. Look how far Sprint went just to get the iphone.

      • philyew

        While US carrier subsidies do influence the market to some degree, let’s not forget that the US market represents only about 12% of the global smartphone marketplace.

        When you boil that down to the influence of TM separating the device from the service plan, the impact on hardware pricing to-date will have been absolutely minimal.

        The big ticket vendors, like Apple, Samsung and LG, take around 50% of the global market, meaning that there are a lot of other places outside the USA, with less carrier-centric distribution channels, who are also willing to pay excessively high hardware prices.

        In the end, because the market is not yet mature and the rate of technical change is still high, manufacturers can presumably point to R&D costs, and rapidly changing production cycles, to justify why they are unable to drop the prices of their premium devices. It’s still disguising a very high profit margin, but it seems globally there is more tolerance of that than is explained by just US carrier subsidies.

      • Dakota

        If we weren’t divided by Cdma & GSM, theres probably be more competition. The idea of buy your phone and take it to any carrier at any time seems like a fantasy. Walmart & Amazon already compete on price

        • MastarPete

          True, CDMA and GSM incompatibility has been the biggest barrier to that but going forward It doesn’t have to be a fantasy. LTE presents an opportunity for worldwide standardization and is based around swappable SIM cards. Meanwhile supporting multiple bands has become relatively trivial with software defined radios, so long as there is space on the PCB for antennas/filters.

          The only problem is, in the US at least, the FCC doesn’t force the carriers to support device/network interoperability. So carriers can literally tell manufacturers to block out any frequency/mode of operation that they don’t use. A prime example is the ATT Galaxy S4. It is literally the same hardware (according to XDA) as the T-Mobile version, but ATT asked Samsung to disable the AWS bands/functionality.
          The end result is a carrier unlocked ATT GS4 with a TMO SIM will not make full use of TMO’s 4G DC-HSPA network even though it has the required antennas/filters. There is a thread over on XDA forum that explains how to re-enable AWS on the ATT GS4 restoring full network functionality with a TMO SIM. The mod itself is based on a similar trick that was discovered for the Note 2.

  • Bud

    Z2 much better phone.

    • kalel33

      I’d rather have a phone that gets updates.

      • donnybee

        In the Android world, that’s hard to find. Even then, they all come late..

        • vahdyx

          True, but some phones are more likely than others. Motorola is a good example.

      • Nurdface Gamerhandz

        buy an iPhone then, or a Nexus.

    • vahdyx

      I’d rather get a phone with a working touchscreen! Not to say the Z2 won’t have one, but the Z1s sure failed to test out their touchscreen before releasing. The Z1s, is virtually unusable!

  • Rob

    Such a ridiculous price for a minor upgrade. No thanks. Another sale to HTC unless they REALLY screw up.

    • vahdyx

      Apples been doing it for years. I think Samsung, Sony, HTC all are going this route due to Motorola’s and Apple’s success in minor upgrades and charging full price. It’s sad, but it looks like this is how things are going. From the rumors of HTC, though bigger than Samsung still appears to have minor changes. The Z2 is the same IMO.

      • m3nphls

        You see, you can’t just compare it to the way Apple charges for their phones. Resell value from Apple phones are way higher than of any android.

        • vahdyx

          Huh? What does resale have to do with anything? I’m saying Apple has been charging a premium price for minor upgrades for years. Then I said everyone is taking after Apple and Motorola due to this. Then I said the Z2 is a minor upgrade to the Z1 but people love the Z2 but hate the S5. Not only that the Z series in general hasn’t changed for years.

          No offense but you’re making no sense to me.

        • ziggy123

          I think he is arguing that there is inherent value in the Apple product as evidenced by its high resale value relative to the competition. If one ends up selling their phone 2-3 yrs down the line, then the iphone yields a larger return on investment. Not an argument about which one is better, but which one has greater perceived value.

        • vahdyx

          I get that, but none of it is really relevant to what I’m saying. I see the correlation now, but I don’t feel it applies to the point I’m trying to make. You guys are stating that it’s perceived value warrants it’s incremental upgrades at premium prices if not warrants “justifies.” I’m stating that some manufacturers are following Apple and Motorola with these incremental upgrades and charging full price. It’s not new, the Z series is another phone guilty of this has also done and still is.

          Car companies as little as Chevy all the way up to BMW. It’s a business practice and resale has nothing to do with the strategy going forward

        • mmmmmbop

          That is becoming less and less true. If you cared to look on ebay you’ll find quite a few iphone 5s’s that have a buy it now price of around $350-$375 while used galaxy s4′s for MetroPCS are selling for around $350. So yes, the iphone has a very slightly better resale value than the galaxy s4, but phones like the galaxy note 3 and the nexus 5 have significantly better residual value than the iphone.