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AT&T Reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Details

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Mar 20, 2014, 11:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T today announced when the Galaxy S5 will go on sale and how much it will cost. Preorders for the device begin Friday, March 21. The GS5 will cost $199.99 with a new contract or $25 per month with an AT&T Next plan. The full retail price for the phone will be $649.99. AT&T says the phone will begin shipping in early April. AT&T also announced the availability of the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit wearable devices. The Gear 2 will cost $299, the Gear 2 Neo will cost $199, and the Gear Fit will cost $199. Preorders start March 21 and they will ship in early April. AT&T is offering a $50 discount off the price of a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when purchased together with the Galaxy S5.

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Mar 20, 2014, 6:53 PM

The real point...

is that the unlocking "agreement" they came to with CTIA is a total scam, you cant buy a phone outright through a carrier for $700 and get it unlocked.

You also cant buy a used phone and get it unlocked by the carrier, even if its completed its contract, is free and clear, not lost or stolen and was purchased legally. "The previous account holder will need to unlock it"... sweet let me try to contact them and see if they want to jump thru a bunch of PITA hoops to try to get it unlocked for the now owner, riiight. Especially since many people with old phones are no longer with that carrier (and usually hate them) and cannot verify the account for starters, only to find out if they can verify that the phone still wont be unlocked because "i...
Well said.
Well said.
Where I bought an iPhone5, and paid it off after leaving my contract.

Sprint unlocked it for me, but only for international SIM cards. It will not accept a TMobile or AT&T SIM, although the iPhone5 Sprint version is perfectly capable of working on...
That is competely unture. I have an AT&T account and my friend asked if I could unlock their AT&T Note because she knows I root phones. I contacted AT&T with their online chat and asked them if I could unlock a phone because I was traveling overseas. ...
if you really think thats how it works you really need to look into the policies a lttle more.
nowhere does it say you have to have service to get a phone unlocked that phone just has to have the phone for 60 days, if not there would be a lot more ca...

Mar 20, 2014, 1:18 PM

If I buy it at full retail...

can i get it unlocked by AT&T, or do i still need to take out a contract and jump through hoops even after I pay full retail?
After you pay full retail you need to have it active on your account for at least 60 days then you can request your unlock code
If you buy it outright you should not have any problem getting the unlock code, provided you have been a customer for a certain length of time, the phone hasn't been reported stolen, and are not past due on your account.
So No...No you cannot buy the phone for $650 and get it unlocked without taking out a contract with AT&T, which seems to kind of defeat the purpose of buying it outright.

And so then after paying way more than $650 you can jump through AT&T's hoops...
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