Mark your calendars! Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders go live on March 24, on sale from April 11

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Today, T-Mobile finally announced specifics on when it plans to launch the Galaxy S5. No surprises: It arrives on the day it goes on sale globally, on April 11th. But, if you want to make sure you’re one of the first to get your hands on Samsung’s latest flagship, you can pre-order from March 24. That’s next Monday. Galaxy S5 will be available on $0 down, with 24 monthly payments of $27.50, giving it a full retail price of $660, just slightly less than the $672 we’d seen initially. From what the press release mentions, it looks like this price is a special introductory offer for those who pre-order. So it could go up after March 31st.

“T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company offering the Samsung Galaxy S 5 for $0 down and with:

  • Zero annual service contract
  • Zero overages
  • Zero hidden device costs
  • The world as your network at zero extra cost
  • America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network”

In its official press release, Tmo made sure to point out the savings taking the Galaxy S5 on its network vs AT&T and Verizon on a two-year contract, with savings reaching up to $1,200. This was worked out based on having 4 lines on Simple Choice (20GB data) vs. contract plans on VZW and AT&T with 4 lines and a presumed down payment.

This isn’t the only good news, however. If you pre-order by March 31st you get the phone at the price mentioned above. You’ll also be able to pick one up in store without having to wait in line. Also, until March 31st, T-Mobile’s offering $120 off the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with mobile internet plan and 200MB data for life.

Only question now is: Are you ordering one, or waiting for the HTC One?

 

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  • anonymous

    First! And I’m definitely pre-ordering!

  • epsiblivion

    waiting for the htc one :)

  • Jay Holm

    I’m happy with my S4, but am waiting to see what LG brings with the G3.

  • Dina

    I have the S3 so the S5 seems great. But what’s good about the HTC one

  • HTC FTW

    My calendar is marked for March 25. All new HTC One. #htconeup

    • Samsuxx

      Me too. The “S3S+ band-aid” is an ugly POS! The One will be the One to get , again. If only the sales numbers would reflect the phone’s true value. [sigh]

      • g2a5b0e

        My favorite thing about this site is that trolls like this one are much more rare than on the other sites I frequent. Unfortunately, they still exist. :-(

        EDIT: Both of these trolls. Exactly what does the new HTC One have to do with this article? Absolutely nothing.

  • Randall Lind

    I am guessing this is for 16gb how much for 32gb?

  • Dina

    Is the phone gonna have lte

    • shadlom

      Duh!

      • LTEPro

        Don’t think so, you have to get the Galaxy S4 if you want LTE. LTE on the S5 been discontinued as a hardware feature due to obsolescence of technology.

        • Jay Holm

          Lmao!!!!!

        • getalife

          I highly recommend some occasional sunlight.

    • Guest

      Welcome to the Lion’s Den.

      • Floyd

        Welcome to the Tunder Dome B***h!

    • OmeerRahman

      No samsung decided to forego an LTE chip in favor of a faster 2G chip in the GS5. Risky and gutsy maybe but stupid for sure.

      • notfunny

        Get a life bro.

        • OmeerRahman

          Never heard of it…

    • Bklynman

      Samsung had cancel S5,they have instead they are finally coming out with the phone everyone was waiting for,The Behold 3!

  • itguy08

    You couldn’t give me another Android POS.

    • Jay Holm

      Wow! The only Android phone I ever had a lot of problems with was the original Motorola Droid. No problems with my S4, and I pre-ordered mine, so I’ve had mine since day one, no problems with the charging port, no problems with the touch screen, none at all.

      • itguy08

        Droid X – decent hardware, many, many OS Bugs. Abandoned by Motorola. And you could tell there were many rough edges.

        Picked up a OneTouch Evolve to see how Android has come. Supposed to be very close to stock 4.1.2. Better but lots of things that show Google doesn’t get good UI design. Lots of “little things” are missing or very poorly implemented.

        iOS isn’t perfect by a long shot. But they have usability, consistency, and reliability down pat. Something neither the Droid X or the Alcatel have.

        • Jay Holm

          The Droid X had square corners,. . .yuck! Seems like your one of those sort of people who are impossible to please.

        • Guest

          Thanks for the valuable, insightful and enlightening comments. Now that I know all the Android shortcomings I’m gonna put my hard earned money I saved for the (insert next Android flagship phone) in a piggy bank instead.

        • philyew

          You’re joking, right? You’re basing your judgment about Android phones on one device that launched in July 2010 and another that TM are selling for $70, full price, as part of their prepaid stable?

        • randomnerd_number38

          I picked up a $200 laptop from Wal-Mart to see how far Windows 8 has come. For some reason it wasn’t as good as a $1200 MacBook Air.

        • itguy08

          You guys are missing the point. The Droid X was a “flagship Android” phone in 2010. It was promptly abandoned by Mororola and left us users with some seriously nasty bugs.

          My judgement about the Alcatel has nothing to do with the hardware. It’s the OS that is subpar and it’s “Stock Android”.

          So let’s see here…

          Music – what do I use- Google Play or the Music app? Some is here, some is there.

          Contacts – One nice thing about iOS is the alphabet down the side that you can use to jump to or close to a spot. Nothing in Android.

          Go to the top of a page – nothing, have to scroll. In iOS, just click the top.

          Chrome – Well, it stutters worse than a kid with Turetts. May be the device but I see it’s a common complaint across a wide range of devices.

          Music Playing- Plugged it into my car via USB to use it with Ford Sync. Wanted to play some streaming audio. That works beautifully with my iPhone – I even get track info on things like Slacker. Even set to Media device, Sync would not recognize it.

          The mail app is OK and finally works with IMAP (something the DX’s mail client didn’t do well). But it has annoying quirks and the standard answer is “use Gmail” or “use xxx email app”.

          Work E-mail is abysmal. Rather than integrating with the stock e-mail app, I get 4 new apps: Mail, Calendar, Todos, and Lookup. On iOS it’s all integrated right in the e-mail app.

          I think it’s telling that they have to have a Reboot option on the power menu. OS X, Windows Phone, or even Blackberry never had that option. They were supposed to be reliable.

          Those are some of the top annoyances that have nothing to do with the hardware.

          And I’m sorry, but “Root your phone” or “use xxx app” is really not an answer especially since many of these apps can’t be removed without rooting.

          Android to me feels like Windows – lots of features, few of them work well, barely reliable, and cheap. I’m more of a Linux – cheap, lots of features, and rock solid, but needs tweaking. Or an OSX – lots of features, rock solid but expensive.

          Just my $0.02 from someone who has used: Palm, iOS, Blackberry, and Android.

        • Bklynman

          As Phily states,a phone from 4yrs.ago,a phone that’s goes for $50.-$70. Best buy sell it for $50. That phone is not even 4g or does it has lte. You would be better buying a refurbish HTC Sen.,or brand new HTC1
          1,from TMobile,last time I was on TMO site,they had them on it I believe
          both was going for $168. But since you are so know it all,u could go to Ebay pick up a Behold 2,then come up tell your point about that phone too.

        • itguy08

          You’re still missing the point. I mentioned nothing about the hardware at all! Nothing about speed, display, etc.

          It’s the core functionality of Android that is not good. That would not be fixed with a $600 phone, a $200 phone, a $50 phone. It’s the same OS. None of the items I listed would be fixed with a different phone unless it was not Android.

          It’s the same as not liking the core functionality of, say Windows 8. Won’t matter if it’s a $200 Netbook or a $3k Dell, you still don’t like the experience.

        • philyew

          Issues like Chrome “stuttering” are a product of using cheap hardware and an old version of the OS.

          If your name describes your experience, you must know as an “IT guy” that you at least need to review the current OS on a comparable device in order to come up with an objective analysis.

        • Bklynman

          I guess a Jetta,will perform just like BMW,or Bends,they all German cars right,so they should perform all the same right,according to your thinking. That is HTC 1S dam auto correct,so $50. No name tablet,
          should perform just like a $500,highn end tablet (whatever brand comes to mind). Thanks for the insight.

        • itguy08

          Totally different.

          Windows on a POS Netbook looks and functions the same as Windows on a $3k high end workstation. The icons are the same, the menus the same, the thought processes are the same, etc. You can get a feel for Windows (with the exception of performance) no matter the hardware it’s run on.

          Performance of said OS is a different thing completely and one I will not comment on as the Android device is a low end device.

        • Bklynman

          That’s what you are doing those,that phone is low end phone,no 4 g,no lte. The performance of that phone can’t be compare a mid range device or a high end device. It like I went got the 1St. IPhone,I don’t like the Ios of Apple base on that phone,how can it compare to the new iPhone 5?
          It can’t. It is the same thing with you. U can’t base Android with that low end phone. Not trying to bust your chops or anything of that nature.

        • randomnerd_number38

          You were pretty vague in your original comment about what you didn’t like. You mentioned UI design(which, btw, Alcatel DID change some from stock Android) and “lots of little things.”

        • itguy08

          All the reviews said Alcatel tweaked the icons but the rest is pretty much stock. It sure looks and feels stock, vs, say the MotoBlur that was on the DX.

        • philyew

          If you drive a Ferrari with the brakes on, it will probably perform like a POS as well. What have you proved?

          You are artificially constraining your perception of Android devices by looking at old hardware/ old OS or cheap hardware/ old OS combinations and then further limiting performance by refusing to consider alternative apps to the default Google toolkit.

          I haven’t felt the need to root an Android device for two years.

          By all means, stick with the iPhone, if that’s your preference, but your analysis remains flawed.

        • itguy08

          I do believe 4.1.2 is a newer version of Android.

          According to this article:
          http://www.androidauthority.com/android-4-1-vs-android-4-2-jelly-bean-149740/

          There are changes to the UI and such in 4.2 but it’s pretty similar.

          IF
          YOU ALL WOULD READ I MADE NO MENTION OF PERFORMANCE ISSUES. I’M
          TALKING FUNDAMENTAL OS ISSUES THAT WOULD BE THE SAME ACROSS ANY DEVICE
          THAT IS NOT SKINNED.

          How is that so hard to understand? I would
          never complain about performance as the phone is a low end device. That
          has never been my complatint.

        • philyew

          4.1.2 is a minor rev of 4.1. Android devices are at 4.4.2 now.

          I’m responding to the words you choose: “Stuttering” is a description of performance, not functionality.

          The reboot option doesn’t appear on the power menu of my Nexus 5.

          Most of the rest of your issues are either addressed in more recent versions of the Google apps, or by using an alternative from the Android ecosystem.

          For example, I use an app which allows me to stream my 200GB+ music collection from storage attached to my laptop at home. I don’t have to upload it onto someone else’s server, if I don’t want to. I can also stream video from a comparable configuration.

          Of course, if you limit yourself only to the default app suite, you will never find out about these tools to enrich your experience. Even Apple, with its 1 million+ app ecosystem, would say you were unreasonably limiting your experience, if you only used the out-the-box toolkit. Nevertheless, that’s your prerogative.

          However, if you want to share an analysis and have it taken seriously, it helps to apply a few basic standards, which unfortunately are absent from what you have said so far.

        • itguy08

          Which Android devices besides a handful as of a week or 2 ago:
          http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/android-4-4-kitkat-1214798/review/5#articleContent

          I
          was talking core OS functionality, not other apps to expand on the
          experience. That’s a whole other conversation regardless of platform.

          I was talking out of the box experience which is lacking on Android.

          Out of the box, to enable corporate e-mail on stock Android is a nightmare.

          Out of the box, the media integration in Android is very poor.

          Heck OOB on 4.4 SMS is very poorly thought out with the Hangouts BS as an attempt to compete with BBM and iMessage.

          There are some features iOS could learn from too so it’s not like Android is devoid of good things.

          In
          my comment on stuttering Chrome I said that may be due to the hardware
          but seems to be a common complaint. Pop Android Chrome Stutter in
          Google and see the hits. It seems to be the only app affected by this
          though.

          IME Android is like Windows – poor UI, lots of checboxes ticked but execution that needs lots of help.

        • philyew

          But you’re offering your assessment in a discussion about the latest flagship device from the leading Android device manufacturer. The experience of every other device running an older version of the OS is immaterial, when there has been at least five months’ experience on the previous top-of-the-line devices running 4.4 (Kit Kat). That is the only relevant predictive experience worth considering.

          I just don’t understand this fixation with limiting your consideration to the out-of-the-box experience. The device is designed with the fundamental concept that many applications can be installed, encouraging a best-of-breed approach. Rejecting the whole Android experience because you don’t like the default apps is a bit like turning down a luxury car because you don’t like the color of the seat covers.

        • JB

          Well said. That’s a really good analogy concerning Android. It’s almost the whole philosophy (and beauty) of it. If you don’t like the seat covers, you could always change them. :-)

        • 21stNow

          As far as the Contacts app having the ability to jump from one letter to another one, both native Android and Touchwiz have an option to do this. I understand that you are using an older Android device to make your comparison, but this article is about the Galaxy S5. Some of your reasoning is not valid when discussing a new Android device.

  • David

    what is the price if you have building credit?

  • john

    Ya what’s the price like David said

  • jeff

    I can tell you the LG G3 Will beat out the Samsung GS5 or HTC ONE in a heart beat. Id wait for it.

    • Chris Fisher

      I’ve had HTC (from the G1 and then the MyTouch line) phones, Samsung Phones (Vibrant to SIII to S4) and even a Huawei phone. I recently purchased the LG G Flex and the LG skin is so much better to me than any of the Blink or Touchwiz or Sense. My mom has the LG G2 and loves hers as well. I’m sticking with LG for the foreseeable future and can’t wait to see what the LG G3 is all about.

  • Michael Aybinder

    Where in the press release does it say available on 4/11?

    All it says is be among the first.

    http://investor.t-mobile.com/file.aspx?IID=4091145&FID=22712615

    • philyew

      “…without waiting in line when the device launches in T-Mobile stores on April 11th…”

      http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone{dot}com/t-mobileusa/samsung-galaxy-s-5

      Right there in the 5th paragraph….but a different version of the press release.

      Hmmmm….

    • philyew

      There’s another version of the press release that links from the TM Press page which says it in paragraph 5.

      • mike

        Can u please share the link?

        • philyew

          I actually did post it last night, but it’s still awaiting moderation. Here it is again.

          http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone{dot}com/t-mobileusa/samsung-galaxy-s-5

        • thepanttherlady

          Sorry, somehow I missed that. It’s approved now.

        • philyew

          No problem. It appears to be an annoying “feature” of the new Disqus that once a message goes into the moderation queue, you can no longer edit it out of it.

          I accidentally posted the message before I modified the URL. It used to be that you could change the link to make it inactive and the queue would release the post, but not any more.

          Yet another example of “progress” going backwards.

  • Gia

    Does anyone have the classic plan still? Can we still get subsided upgrades or do we have to get an eip?

    • steveb944

      Can’t you purchase it at third party retailers? I can’t recall if Best Buy or Target still offer it.

      Oh and HTC all the way!

      • Gia

        Nope Walmart, target and best buy no longer can through tmobile

        • Rod

          Have to do EIP. it’s the only way to get new phones on Tmobile now, even with a classic plan. All classic means now is that you still have a contract and no simple choice perks :/

    • MastarPete

      I could understand wanting to stay on classic if you’ve got grandfathered unlimited data. If so you just need to save up on your own and buy full price. If you prefer buying locally you need to ask at the store if they’ll sell the phone full price without a contract. Dont even bother mentioning your classic plan, T-mobile killed off classic plan upgrades back in November when they converted third party stores to the new simple choice+EIP plans.

      Unless it’s Changed since November Walmart and Best Buy will sell full price no contract, I think even Target too. I know for sure Fry’s Electronics will sell full price, no-contract but the phone will still be carrier locked. There are many more stores online that sell phones without a contract, you just have to be prepared to pay full price.

      If you don’t have grandfathered unlimited data then you seriously need to get over the sticker shock because a classic plan is the same as being on a new plan with EIP.

    • mergimgj

      I still have a classic plan and I did an EIP upgrade on my line and 2 others on my account. What they did for me when i did the EIP was they gave me a discount of $15 off my data and $5 off my plan, which reduced my grandfathered 5Gb of high speed unlimited data from $20 to $5 and it removed my add a line fee which was $5. With a zero dollar down payment on the Note 3 it increased my bill by 9.50 a month, which after 24 months is $228 which would have been the same as buying the phone at a subsidized cost. Yes i don’t have unlimited minutes, but i don’t use more then the 3000 I have. If it wasn’t for the 5 gb of data on all of my lines I would switch to the simple choice plan.

    • guest

      There are no subsidized upgrades anymore. depending on the situation you can switch to the new plan and/or stay on the one you have. Best thing, go into the store. The prices are to anyone now regardless on classic or value.

  • jeff

    May 17 is the release date that it will be shown to the world. LG G3 suppose to be 2k resolution, fingerprint scanner 5.5 inch screen ,just some specifics known.

    • Jay Holm

      Because LG G Series has such small bezels, do you think the over all dimensions won’t be much bigger than the current S4? I ask cause when I use my phone for GPS, I keep it in the cup holder in my car. If it can’t fit in the cup holder, then it’s a no-go.

      • jeff

        lg has a tendacy to alongate the device ,make taller,rather than wider. Bezel to bezel screen

  • Dakota

    If their sale price is 660, how high will the regular price be. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple launches larger screen iPhone (not phablet), what they’ll price it at

    • Spanky

      I think that just might be the regular price. AT&T is selling it for $650.

  • JB

    I wonder how this pre-order works if one wants to JUMP!?

    • Irvinn

      Hey JB! most probably you will have to wait until the phone is actually in stock on April 11. Reason for this is that the phone you want to jump into must be available in the store or, beginning in March 23, in our systems at the very least. By the way bro I work for T-Mobile :)

      • JB

        Ahhh thanks Irvinn! Though one more question. I know they are selling the 32GB online. It’s that something is have to go in the store for in order to JUMP?

        • guest

          so 1. if someone wants jump.. you can still order it, but its on a direct fulfill with a deferred status. meaning that you have to ship back the old phone (that you have)… 2nd we will sell both. cant comment on what we will have in stores however.

      • guest

        Irvinn, that’s wrong buddy. you can use jump but it’s on a deferred basis…

  • tmobile

    whose buying that Band-Aid looking phone lol

  • Nevsky2

    My understanding is that it will not be able to use T-Mobile’s 700MHz A-block spectrum. If you live in an urban area and want improved indoor coverage that is worth waiting for.

    • MastarPete

      Correct, the S5 will not ship with band 12 support if it were it would likely have been in the FCC filing.
      However, building out 700mhz will require the same level of physical buildout as their LTE and 1900mhz refarm. Even if they achieve the same success in deploying 700 as they did with LTE/refarm it will still be another year after they start before the network is truely robust. If you’re in one of the top markets that first got LTE, with a GS3/LTE or newer it probably is worth waiting for the S6. Plus I very much doubt T-mobile/Samsung will refresh the S5 hardware for 700mhz before the S6 is announced/released. The other thing to consider is there are still channel 51 “squatters” that are dragging their feet when it comes to getting off 700mhz. I don’t think T-mobile is even allowed to start deploying network hardware until the closest channel 51 station is off-air, besides T-mobile doesn’t want to roll it out unless they can do it nationally.

      Anyone deciding to wait out the 700mhz launch, pay attention to the Note 4 and the next iPhone, really any higher end device launched after August. If they launch on T-mobile with band 12 then they’re very optimistic about being able to light up 700mhz towers within the next 6-9 months. If not then the squatters have probably gotten FCC extensions and the 700 deployment will be pushed back. If that’s the case then they could be looking at a dual 600/700mhz deployment. How long can _you_ wait?

      One last thing to consider. Do your friends with Verizon, ATT or Sprint using existing 700mhz phones have indoor coverage in the same places you will be using your phone? If not, waiting won’t help.

      Personally I can’t wait till the S5 is available to retire my ~5+ year old phone, I’d go crazy if I tried to wait another year. Plus when I hear the talk about the 600mhz auction it would put me at waiting another 2 years and that’s just out of the question for me.

      Good luck.

      • Spanky

        Wow, a 5+ year old phone? Are you using the G1, by any chance?

        • MastarPete

          I’ve been using a second hand iphone 3GS. At the time I bought it from my cousin I thought, Oh I’ll just see what the fuss about ios is while I wait for the GS3 64gb to go on sale. HAHAHAHA! Boy was I wrong. GS3 64gb was vapor-ware, GS4 32gb didn’t make it to T-mobile and by that time the GS3 32gb was not available, and it made more sense to look for a phone with LTE. I didn’t really feel like bothering to get a newer used device, because “only 6 more months”. The 3GS didn’t get ios7 and will now only receive major security patches, so it’s time to get a new phone. I figure by the time the S5 gets old 700 will be worth having, and 600 will be in the works.

      • fsured

        The areas that are unaffected by stations using channel 51 can have the spectrum put to use whenever the license is owned by the company. That won’t prevent the entire roll out but only those specific markets. There is nothing to prevent the purchase from happening now and the wait is on the FCC. In theory there is also nothing preventing the company from doing hardware/software upgrades now on towers so that when that deal is finalized they are ready to hit the switch and work toward tweaking the new signal. They should be proactive and put the puzzle pieces together now. Get that big PR “WOW” by launching it in more markets and end the year with more usable 700mhz coverage than initially thought.

        T-Mobile should be notifying device makers by now to include the 700mhz reception in any new device designs to released in the 3rd quarter. I would be surprised if device makers are not aware of this new signal coming to the company anyway. They want their devices to sell and any option that would move them off store shelves is probably monitored by their own marketing/research staff. If T-Mobile really wants erase the eyesore of network signal penetration and reach faster, then any phone for any price range sold needs this 700mhz ability from the start of the roll out. Not everyone will buy the premium handsets and really any phone that includes this band is promising news for when the roll out will happen.

      • philyew

        I’m not following what you are saying about the deployment of A-block spectrum.

        We know that there are several markets, like Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C that have no channel 51 issues, and TM has said that they will begin deployment in some of these markets during 2014.

        I’m therefore confused by your statements “T-mobile doesn’t want to roll it out unless they can do it nationally” and “…If not then the squatters have probably gotten FCC extensions and the 700 deployment will be pushed back.”

        Their CMO, Mike Sievert, tweeted me the following in response to a question about the 2014 target for bringing LTE to their 2G-only network:

        “Of course we will also be doing some footprint expansion and building out 700Mhz A-block. Lots of improvement on several fronts!”

        Here’s what c|net reported being said by CTO, Neville Ray, in an interview last week:

        “Ray wouldn’t discuss specific timing for the utilization of the 700MHz Verizon spectrum, but said that handsets compatible with the network will be released in the fourth quarter. He expects T-Mobile to close the deal with Verizon in the second quarter.”

        Bottom line: TM spent $3.4 billion acquiring the A-Block licenses and they aren’t going to sit around waiting to deploy them. They already got burned once, back in 2006, when they spent billions on AWS and couldn’t deploy their first market until over two years later. That isn’t going to happen again.

        • MastarPete

          First off I very much want T-mobile to deploy 700mhz ASAP, but those parts of my post were my own speculation based on what I’ve read. I threw in a negative twist for the sake of deciding if it’s worth it to wait for a 700mhz device to be available. I was out of town, it was late and I was tired. I didn’t have much time so I didn’t double check my information before I hit submit.

          At the time of my post I could not remember if or when the hard cut-off date was. In my mind I ball parked 2 years as being the longest delay, in part because of another article I’ve read and considering how long Verizon has had the spectrum. Tonight I did some searching and found a hard cutoff of September 1, 2015 listed on an official FCC page regarding the A-block auction back in 2008. That fills in a major gap in terms of my outlook on T-mobile’s plans. It also means that that’s the earliest T-mobile could potentially provide actual nationwide 700mhz access in the top markets that still have ch 51 interference. The only bit of information I’m still not sure about is whether or not the FCC will allow T-mobile to deploy it’s new 700mhz hardware in areas still covered by ch 51 stations. If not then we really could be looking at late 2015 for the start of the rollout in the major markets if the ch 51 stations hold off until the bitter end.

          As for delaying the build-out, or not deploying where there is no current interference. I wasn’t trying to explicitly say T-mobile wouldn’t start deploying where there is no interference, merely suggesting the possibility. Again I was taking the information I could remember and turned it into a worst case scenario. So if the hard cut off date were, lets say 2017-18, that would be a long time to have to wait for the ch 51 stations to shutdown. It would also be pretty bad for PR, as a national carrier and from an advertising POV, to have their 700mhz drag on so slowly compared to their LTE. Couple that with how few markets are currently interference free and that could have been enough to make them consider delaying. Now that I do know the hard cutoff, it does make more sense that T-mobile will at least get started on tower prep work ASAP, regardless of existing stations.

          For handsets, that falls in with “what if the build were delayed.” Why start pushing out hardware with support for a band that won’t be available to use for well over a year.
          The case I had in mind was with the with the T-mobile Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Both were released within ~3 to 4 months of each other and both within ~6 months after T-mobile’s LTE announcement. Yet only the Note 2 was shipped LTE capable via a modem update. The Galaxy S3 didn’t get a modem update since T-mobile’s original GS3 didn’t have LTE at all. Instead they refreshed the hardware and released a new model that included LTE. However it wasn’t available until well after the Galaxy S4 was already on shelves.

          Knowing the hard cutoff date only slightly changes my thinking regarding handsets. Now I would be surprised if the Note 4 and next iphone don’t launch with band 12. However I still don’t think we’ll see the S5 get refreshed.

          Keep in mind all those Tweets and interviews have a healthy dose of positive PR spin to offset just how much they spent on that spectrum. It’s entirely possible that, aside from being way too early. T-mobile execs don’t want to hint at the possibility of the 700mhz network build out not being in full swing until the second half of 2015. That could get investors upset and hurt stock prices.

  • Peter Smith

    I have my Note 3 and I don’t see a real reason to even consider this. It’s not in my standing zone. I’m waiting on the Note 4 and I’m sure it will blow everything out of the water like the Note 3 did. However, if I wasn’t in phablet land I would consider it.

    • Jay Holm

      I don’t like monster phones!

      • Peter Smith

        Honestly, I don’t either after having a Note 2 & 3 now. However, the batter life and screen size just takes the cake for me over how big they are. If these smaller phones can address my needs then I’m going their way. Until then, I’m glad to be a citizen of Phablet land

        • gpt2010

          Peter. I am with you on this one. I used to love the gs3 and gs4, but then switched to a Note 3. I was really nervous about it due to the size. I was hoping I didn’t make a $700+ mistake. I am glad to say that I love my Note. Now I can’t imagine going to something smaller. The only phone I am looking forward to this year is the Note 4! I have almost paid off my EIP balance in order to prepare for the Note 4 arrival. Can’t wait!

      • bob90210

        Sounds scary!

      • Fr0stTr0n

        Yes Jay, we heard the first several damn times….

  • Spanky

    AT&T is also selling the GS5 at zero down. Verizon hasn’t made an announcement yet.

    • 21stNow

      And AT&T’s model is $650 full price opposed to $660 on T-Mobile. I wonder what T-Mobile’s final price will be.

      • Spanky

        I usually change phones about once a year and I’m getting somewhat bored of my Nexus 5. As much as I like Samsung phones, I’m curious about the new HTC One and the Xperia Z2. If either phone gets the Google Edition treatment (HTC is strongly rumored to have one in the works), I may have to pull the trigger.

  • GreatNews

    Waiting for the LG G3

    • JDB

      As a
      Sammy fanboy (until my Nexus 5 I previously had a Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy SII, Note
      2, and Galaxy S4), sadly I won’t be partaking in the S5 preorders (to me it
      seems like a very lackluster upgrade from the S4). When the specs were
      officially released I was quite disappointed (how do you only put 2 GB of RAM
      into your “flagship phone” after the Note 3 packed 3 GB and was released the
      previous year? Regardless I am quite
      happy with my Nexus 5 and will wait for the G3, Nexus 6, or Galaxy S6. I want Ultra HD screen, 20+ MP camera, and a
      3 GHZ chipset with 4 GB of RAM.

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    i asked TMO and they don’t have info on which colors they’ll be providing. i’m sure they know but they aren’t spilling the beans yet.

  • vinnyjr

    Counting down the days. This is a bad ass device.

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Go Note, or go home.

  • sidekicker89

    AHHH LTE sighting in down town Cincinnati, Ohio!!! 71 South! Check it out on sensorly!

  • Lindsay

    I have an S3 and I’m looking to upgrade should I presale or wait a couple months?

    • philyew

      I would say the main reason to delay until later in the year, if you have a 2-year replacement cycle on devices, is the probability that we will start to see models supporting the 700MHz A-block spectrum that TM will begin deploying in some cities later in the year.

      Of course, it depends where you live/work as to whether you would get any advantage from that.

    • guest

      I would get it because the s5 is much better than the s3. Phil’s answer unfortunately is not correct. Tmo is launching 700mhz spectrum with phones later this year, which means that any variant that the s5 has does NOT have the 700mhz… In other words, get it. unless you want to wait until another phone that you are eyeing comes out.

  • George

    Still happy with my original HTC One and no 700mhz band is a no go. Never had good luck with Samsung phones, too buggy.

  • mreveryphone

    LG G3 will trump the S5

  • Sherman Davis

    I’m waiting for the iphone 6. I can’t believe S5 is the same price as iPhone. iPhone is a much better phone. Who on earth would pay the same price for a Samsung phone compared to the superior iPhone?

    • yooo

      superior iphone? Besides the design, the Iphone is such a boring phone. There is not much to do with it and everything is so limited. Don’t get me wrong I had good times with my iphone, but i think it is time for a switch. I am tired of the iphone.

    • m33rkat

      In what way is the iPhone superior, exactly? With any Android you’re free to install widgets, launchers, third-party apps, etc. And nobody (like Apple) can stop you!

    • guest

      I can tell you that the Iphone is not a superior phone than a Samsung device. Even the Samsung Light is better (almost) than any Iphone on the market.

    • Nearmsp

      I use my phone as a workhorse, when I am not on my laptop. Answering calls, being able to call family when traveling internationally on business home. The iPhone can do none of these. Swype feature in Android allows me to rapidly type with phone in one hand. IPhone still has legacy keyboard. I can also use T-Mobile’s WiFi calling on Samsung but not iPhone. The screen is also bigger. Yes, iPhone is better in some respects for social media and face time. But for me fun is secondary. Photo used to better in iPhone 4, not anymore. SGS5 has caught up.

  • Bryan

    I can’t wait to get rid of this stupid iPhone. My girlfriend got the galaxy s4 to replace her iPhone and she loves it so much motte. There’s just so much more you can do and so many more features. And the larger screen is good enough reason for me. Mine pales in comparison. I’m always using her phone BC I’m embarrassed to bring mine out lol

  • guest

    the pre-ordering for the samsung s5 is on!!!

  • Nearmsp

    It is March 24 today. No sign of the preorder. What’s up Cam?