Both 16GB and 32GB Galaxy S5 models will be sold by T-Mobile

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We’re closing in – albeit far too slowly – on the public release of the Samsung Galaxy S5. We already know that T-Mobile is going to be selling it from April, and that the company received 300,000 pre-registration form requests, thanks to a giveaway promotion. We have an indication as to the price, but what we didn’t know for certain was which models would be sold by Tmo.

Thanks to an internal memo (full image below), we now know that Magenta is planning on selling both the 16GB and 32GB models. The news does come with a caveat however. Only the 16GB model will be sold in stores. If you want the higher storage model, you’ll need to order it online.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been slated for an April 11th global launch in 150 countries. As for Tmo’s plans, we haven’t heard a definite date yet. But as soon as we do, we’ll be sure to let you guys know.


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  • $15454173

    For those who said “Unless they have have a 32gb version I won’t get one”. 32gb web only.

    • MastarPete

      I’ll admit it would be nice to be able to just pick it up in-store but I have no problem with web only.

    • Annie Nonymous

      what about the 8 core processor? Is tmus carrying it. I’m not buying this model if the other is six months out. I’m still PO’d by getting the S3 months before the LTE model came out.

      • MastarPete

        The Octa-Core Exynos based S5 will not make it to any US carrier. Samsung has only been using Exynos in markets where LTE is not available. If you are set on having an Exynos based S5 you will have to import and do without LTE.

        IF you’re thinking about the rumored Galaxy “premium” phone, well it’s just that, rumors. I haven’t seen anything solid in terms of specs and it seems like the blogs are just listing what they want it to have. The only thing I can glean from search results is that it could be ease close as 2 months out or as long as 6 months. If its really 2~3 months away, we should be hearing more solid information by late April early May.

        I feel your pain on the S3 LTE but it sounds like you might not have been following the blogs and comments closely enough to be aware of the possibility that a refreshed device was coming. Samsung and T-mobile released refreshed devices during the two years prior to the S3 LTE refresh. Just from following Tmonews I was aware of the possibility of an S3 LTE, 6 months before it even launched.
        Considering the S3 LTE didn’t launch till after the S4 I’m surprised you’re not PO’d about missing out on it instead. *just saying*

        At least this time around you’ll have the option of using JUMP.

  • Robert

    Couple this news with the HTC One on Ebay with 32gb, I hope TMo will offer the One in various storage options this time around.

    • $15454173

      Lets see the updated HTC One first :)

      • Robert

        At this point in the leak cycle, I’m anticipation my 88 y/o grandfather calling to ask what all the commotion is about this new HTC One.

        • $15454173

          When it arrives it should be another big hit…I for one am watching closely.

  • bisayan

    Now lets wait if tmo will offer the xperia z2..Im still hoping for the device to come to tmo, I know z1s just got relased but pls. released the z2 as well! lolzz

    • thepanttherlady

      If history dictates you are probably looking at a release of between August and October. That’s if T-Mobile continues offering the Xperia line.

      • bisayan

        Ohh no! I jsut sold my htc one! lolzz pls. dont say that! lol..Does anyone knows if I buy the international version will be compatible with all tmo frequencies? Thanks!

        • thepanttherlady

          Here are the specs on the Z2:

          2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – D6502, D6503, D6543
          3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – D6502, D6503, D6543
          4G NetworkLTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 – D6503
          LTE 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – D6543

          Pay attention to model numbers. I just bought mine this morning which is scheduled to be in stock the week of April 7th. I was pleased with my international unlocked Z1 and anticipate the same with the Z2.

        • bisayan

          Woahhhh time out lady! wait first..all this will support tmo freq? 2nd which model did u buy? and 3rd where did u buy and how much? pls. tell me asap as I will order this too! im not gonna wait! Thanks Lady! pls. reply me asap! lolz

        • thepanttherlady

          Yes. My Z1 runs on T-Mobile LTE and the Z2 has the same bands. I bought model C6503 from Clove…

          Right now their special is the Sony noise cancellation headphones and a Sony bluetooth speaker are included with your order. I paid about $824 but also ordered a bumper and front/back protectors. Right now it’s approximately $776 not including delivery.

        • bisayan

          I greatly appreciated lady! But the price seems to be pretty! Hmm..I have the money right now but I think i will get this..One more question, does this model also support hspa+? Thanks again!

        • thepanttherlady

          My Z1 does. When I purchased the Z (from Ebay) it did.

        • Mike

          I have the ZL and love it. I too would love to get the Z2 when available and pass on the ZL to the significant other. I can’t see this phone available anywhere for sale. Please send where you got the phone!

        • bisayan

          keep reading below!lol

        • thepanttherlady

          This company has excellent customer service. Ordering is easy and when the phone ships you receive it within 1-3 days.

        • bisayan

          Id tried ordering as we speak..but how come they charging me twice for my shipping? And the free speakedr and headset seems to add up to my total of $842?

        • thepanttherlady

          Can’t answer the shipping question. I do know that before you actually checkout it shows two options but when you actually get ready to pay it only offers DHL for £26.

          It should be credited out at the bottom. When you checkout it does look like you’re being charged but isn’t added into the total…at least on mine that’s the way it shows:

          Product Code Qty Price Total

          Sony Xperia Z2 Gel Shell – Nero Black SNY-GSBZ2 1 £10.83 £10.83
          Sony Xperia Z2 Anti Finger Screen Protector -SNY-SPAFZ2 1 £5.00 £5.00
          (2 pack)
          Sony Xperia Z2 – Black – D6503 – Includes
          FREE £120 wireless speaker & noise­cancelling SNY-Z2B 1 £450.00 £450.00
          headphones bundle plus £80 digital content
          Bundle – Sony SRS-BTM8 Portable Wireless
          Speaker – Black & MDR-NC31EM Headphones SNY-BTM8 1 £100.00 £100.00

          Delivery £26.00

          VAT £0.00

          Total £491.83

          28 February 2014 (14:04:11) Paid£491.83

      • Chris

        Even if they continue to offer or not, after using the Z, I’ve decided I like Xperia line a lot better than Galaxy line. So I will probably just buy it off contract hehe.

        • thepanttherlady

          I agree. The Note 2 was the last Samsung I purchased and right now, couldn’t be happier.

        • Cam Bunton

          I have to say, I kinda agree. I hadn’t got any hands on time with either the Note 2 or Note 3 before MWC last month. Side by side, I preferred the design/feel/looks of the Note 2.

        • thepanttherlady

          I just realized my post made it sound like I was still using the Note 2, I’m not. It was just the last Samsung phone I used. I sold it after I bought the Xperia Z then moved on to the Z1 and now, waiting for the Z2 to arrive. :) I did enjoy it though and didn’t feel like the S4, Note 3 and even the S5 offered me anything different or “new” to want to go back to them at this time.

        • JBLmobileG1

          I Loved the Note 2, one of the best phones I ever owned. I recently upgraded to the Note 3, and while not a huge upgrade from the Note 2. The extra memory and the 20×20 LTE support was enough for me to justify the jump. The added features, although more gimmicky if anything, are actually useful. The only thing I really am not happy with is the recent update to Android 4.2.2., while it fixed a few issues that I discovered, it also ruined the external SD card features.

      • taron19119

        The next Xperia phone comeing to T-mobile have already been leaked out the Xperia T2Ultra

        • thepanttherlady

          That’s also the 6″ phone and not the Z line we were discussing. ;)

  • Chilehead

    If you have to go to a T-Mo store to JUMP how can you JUMP to the 32gb version if it’s Web only?

    • zombiexm

      Going to the store.. and they place the order for you -.- you just don’t get the phone right away..

      • Chilehead


  • dblock

    Im tired of this galaxy crap,i had the gs2,gs3and s4 all same phone with different sensor gimmicks now i have the g2 and for what i’ve seen looking foward the new htc one.

    • Noor Mahmoud

      Not even close. And you do know that the new HTC One more similar to the old One than the GS5 is to the GS4… Or maybe not, since that is how haters are.

      • Robert

        Maybe a true statement, but going form an S4 to an One would be pretty dramatic. Maybe what he’s saying is that despite being a longtime Samsung faithful, Touchwiz and the bloating gimmicks have gotten boring so he’s leaning to a new One.
        That’s the beauty of Android for those who don’t root and flash roms, there are still options. It may not have anything to do with hate. Sammy fanbois are almost as defensive as Apple’s these days, but with those plastic shells as their only protection, I guess it’s reasonable.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          Yes, but the Samsung hate is unreasonable. I’m a huge fan of HTC. I’ve had 5 of their devices and each one of them has been a favorite. However, as much as it pains me, they have fallen behind the game in these last few years. Samsung, which was my least favorite phone company, one that I used to mock, won me over with their Note series. Heck, even with my eye that favors HTC, I see the recent S-Series phones as superior to the One-line.

        • HtcJUAN

          Thank you for your honest point of view, I loved htc since the first mytouch, but im as well feeling the same way about Htc now adays,the only good thing i still truly kept them around was their handset premium feeling, my wife has a note3 and it truly makes my phone look like I have a dumber smartphone some how.The htc isnt much difference, all while Galaxy is beefing up their features on the s5 and their Gear. Id rather have a plastic phone with features and maybe a stylus over a phone that just looks good but doesn’t offer much, something like a iPhone but stillway better.

        • Robert

          Honestly, I don’t know if it’s that they have fallen behind the last 2 years (as the One and the One series of 2012 was pretty stellar) so much as they dug themselves such a ridiculous hole all the way from the launch of the thunderbolt for VZW on day one of LTE in America with it’s abyssmal battery, shitty Sense overlay, and every possible variable of phone they could come up with all the way up to December of 2011 when they were releasing the Rezound with the One X weeks away.

          I love the One. I’m not one who’s ever been impressed with all the features a software can offer as I’ve alwasy felt if i wanted it, Android would find a way to get it to the average user with enough demand. This can be through Android or the devs who make it so enjoyable for all of us.

          The Galaxy series hate is a little overblown, but when the HTC faithful are genuinely horrified that a sinking HTC means they will have to go to a company like Samsung, their dismissal of those people buying what they feel are inferior products is somewhat done for self-preservation.

          It’s not so much cool to hate Sammy as poeple have claimed lately as it is fear that it could be the only viable option for Android if HTC goes down like the Titanic.

  • pramarama

    Come on, this is 2014. They’re really still selling 16GB flagship phones? I know Samsung likes to differentiate itself on the removable battery and SD card, but really, what’s the marginal cost to Samsung of going from a 16GB phone to 32GB?

    • Robert

      It’s about $10 for an OEM.

      • JBLmobileG1

        For only $10, I’d double down and go for twice that much. Memory isn’t all that expensive now adays, why not add even more? Plus, this gives them more revenue from the app stores I am sure because people will have more room on their phones to do more with. Google may not care for the memory because they have drive and want you to use their services. Samsung does offer their own app market.. so why not take advantage of it?

    • g2a5b0e

      In all fairness, the Z2 has a 16GB version & all the leaks seem to suggest that the All New One will as well. I agree that it’s something that needs to change when it comes to flagship devices, but this isn’t just a Samsung issue.

    • Blastergamer

      You need to know not everyone needs a big storage warehouse for their phones for big games/music/videos/hi-res photos. Me, like to keep things clean and only put the things on a device I really use and mostly a lot. You have still the ability to upgrade the microSD so why is this a problem? I would hate to pay a lot for the storage I don’t even will use that lot, so Samsung was good enough!

    • N1120A

      A 16 GB flagship with SD would be fine if you didn’t have built-in functions like DocumentSync that end up taking up huge space. While I know it can be disabled, you risk wiping out your Dropbox if you make one misstep. Either that, or the ability to put that file on the external drive without rooting

    • YursTruly

      cost them practically nill…

  • Dats

    I think allot of ppl are forgetting there’s a potential F line in the works too that may shake things up

  • JBLmobileG1

    With the way Kitkat works, and not being able to use the external SD card the way you should be able to, no phone from here on out should be less than 32gb. It’s almost pointless, especially if they want to add all of the bloatware. Maybe they should just let you have the choice to completely uninstall the extra software if they want to continue to sell us phone’s with only 16gb.

    • Dan

      Can you elaborate on “not being able to use the external SD card the way you should be able to”?

      • Jay Holm

        Android Central has a very detailed write-up on that very subject.

        • anarkust

          Link to the article please.

        • MastarPete

          www androidcentral com / kitkat-sdcard-changes

      • JBLmobileG1

        I have apps that sync both my drive and Dropbox accounts. Neither work if I have them setup to my external sd. Also emulators can have issues too. Not sure if you use emulators but some of their files can be huge, the games may require to be stored on the phones memory in order to work. Save files won’t save onto the sd card anymore unless you set it up to save to internal memory. It’s just a hassle, plus one of my favorite apps… Androzip is pretty much worthless. It won’t even let me delete things from the external sd card. I must use the stock my files app, which isn’t the greatest but does work somewhat. I just think, if isn’t broken, why change it which is exactly what Google did with Kitkat. What a waste.

    • Jay Holm

      There’s an article about KitKat and SD cards on Android Central, you should go check it out. It’s a very thorough and detailed article.

      • superg05

        i wrote the sd card association and made a case of how google was being anti-competitive against them and physical media in favor of there cloud services i hope they bite

    • Ordeith

      Google had to go and screw up Android’s SD card support just as WP 8.1 was finally getting it right. And WP always let you remove the bloatware. Hope a sea change is coming.

  • Malaiqa

    you are the best people

  • Jay Holm

    Is it true that jump can ONLY be used in stores, and not online or over the phone? If so, then how exactly would someone go about getting the 32GB S5 using Jump when the 32GB version will only be available online???

    • Guest

      Starting 3/23 you will be able to do ship to jump.

      • JBLmobileG1

        Hopefully you are correct. I know there are some online deals that you don’t get in store. So if your a current Tmobile customer you get screwed over. Plus I prefer to deal with customer service over the phone than in store anyways. I also like to Be Able to setup my phone the way I like before having to turn my old one in, which can take a few hours.

        • Anthony Botticelli

          Even in store you can get your new one and do a defer trade in on your old one. The store doesn’t force you to trade it in right away, either, as long as you tell them you want to do a defer trade in from the start.

        • Randall Lind

          That is no help if store doesn’t have 32GB one.

    • guest

      go into the store, Tmo employees will order it for you, then you will receive it, and then utilize jump.

  • Roderick Thomas

    Does anyone know the actual release date?

    • tmo fan


  • HOW MUCH ?

  • KingCobra

    I never understood why T-Mobile is the only carrier who refuses to stock higher capacity models of phones in store. It’s annoying to have them available online only.

    • examplesample

      You’ve clearly never heard of Sprint, aka the company who doesn’t even stock high capacity models AT ALL, PERIOD.

    • guest

      reason why.. not a lot of TMO customers ask for higher capacity phones. that’s factual.

  • Marcus

    The extSdcard restriction only applies to downloaded apps writing to a directory not belonging to that app. This restriction does not apply to included apps or block reading extSdcard with downloaded apps. Emulated sdcard still has no such restriction.

  • Ramakata Oblonsky

    SD card problems going from as an application was designed. For example I use Kamerton and it uses SD card intensively, however it is KitKat friendly since can take care of entire music folders management. So the ext SD card problem is actually application developers problem than Google. Keep it in mind and I really like new way as Google manages SD cards.

  • Phillie Blunt

    16 gb stats was the s4 knock it off

  • Randall Lind

    The 32GB web only does that mean I mail them back my s4 since I am on JUMP?

    • Anthony Botticelli

      Yes it would be a deferred trade in. They would email you a shipping label.

  • vinnyjr

    Great news, thrilled T-Mobile will be selling the larger storage models.

  • Mark McDaniel

    When is the 32gb coming to T-Mo? The only one on their website is the 16gb model.

  • c5hfan

    Well this turned out to be complete B.S.