The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date arrives on April 11th, when shoppers can head into a local store and pick up a Samsung Galaxy S5. Shoppers don’t need to go to a carrier to buy this device, there are a leading retailers selling the galaxy S5 online and in stores starting on April 11 – and a collection of Galaxy S5 Deals.
Normally when you buy a smartphone on release day, you’ll expect to pay full price. But with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Verizon is offering a buy one get one deal, Amazon has discounts of $10-$100 and you’ll surely find other discounts if you look hard enough.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available on five carriers at launch, and we expect others available in the coming months. If you want to buy one on the Galaxy S5 release date Verizon T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint or US Cellular for your carrier. There is no Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition available at this time, so shoppers should expect to use the Samsung TouchWiz overlay.
There are several options to buy the Samsung galaxy S5 on contract, but there are not as many options to buy an unlocked Galaxy S5. Most of the Unlocked Galaxy S5 models we found do not support 4G LTE, so factor that into your purchase.
Where to Buy the Galaxy S5 – Carriers
Most shoppers are familiar with buying a new phone at a carrier store and there are several options. If you are buying a Verizon Galaxy S5 and need a second smartphone the carrier is the best option. Buying from a carrier is also the only way to get the Galaxy S5 on a monthly payment plan of $25 to $33 with no money due up front.
Verizon Galaxy S5
Verizon stores start selling the Galaxy S5 on April 11th and there is a buy one get one free deal that includes the Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One M8. This deal requires a two-year contract on both devices.
Users can buy a single Galaxy S5 for $199 after a $50 mail in rebate or use the payment plan option to get the Galaxy S5 for $25.22 a month and a path to a faster upgrade.
T-Mobile Galaxy S5
If you go to a T-Mobile store you’ll be able to buy the Galaxy S5 for zero down with monthly payments of $27.50 for the phone. There is no on contract Galaxy S5 option at T-Mobile. Most retailers do not sell the T-Mobile Galaxy S5 since there is not an on contract option so order online or in a T-Mobile stores.
AT&T Galaxy S5
AT&T offers the Galaxy S5 online and in store, and shoppers that pre-ordered may already have the device in hand. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T is $199 for a two-year contract and $599 off contract. There are AT&T Next plans to get the Galaxy S5 for $25 a month or $32.50 a month depending on the length of the payment plan.
Sprint Galaxy S5
The Sprint Galaxy S5 is available on a variety of plan options and with a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for Framily plan buyers that meet certain requirements. The base price is $199 for a Galaxy S5 on a two-year contract, but there is also a zero down Framily plan option with payments of $27.09 a month for 24 months.
US Cellular Galaxy S5
The US Cellular Galaxy S5 is available online for $199 on a contract and for users that pre-order there is a $50 Google Play credit. It’s not clear how long that credit lasts so double-check if you order on the release date.
Where to Buy the Galaxy S5 – Stores
If you skip the carrier you can sometimes find a better deal. We already saw a Galaxy S5 deal drop the price to $99 on Amazon ahead of the release. This deal is no longer available, but there are still options to save on the price, on the taxes you pay up front and we could see many deals arrive at these retailers in the coming weeks.
Amazon Galaxy S5 Deals
The Amazon Galaxy S5 deal for $99 is gone, but you can still save $10 on a Galaxy S5 right now. We expect to see other discounts in the coming weeks, but if you see a price drop you need to be ready to buy as deep discounts sell out quick.
The links above point to the Galaxy S5 on each carrier at Amazon.
Walmart Galaxy S5
You can buy the Galaxy S5 at Walmart stores with a dedicated Mobile section in the Electronics department. This is only available in stores. We don’t know the price yet, but expect to save about $10 to $15 off buying at a carrier.
CostCo Galaxy S5
If you are a CostCo member you can buy the Galaxy S5 at your favorite store on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. The AT&T and Verizon models are on sale for $10 off with a two-year contract. The deal includes a free accessory pack.
RadioShack Galaxy S5
The Radio Shack Galaxy S5 sales start on April 11th and many stores should have the device in stock. There may be some discounts, but the biggest thing Radio Shack is pushing is a trade-in deal to get your old phone for a cheaper Galaxy S5.
Best Buy Galaxy S5
Best Buy sells the Galaxy S5 for $199 with a $10 gift card when you pre-order. The Galaxy S5 on sale at Best Buy is only available on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. If you plan to buy off-contract look elsewhere as Best Buy charges more than carriers for off-contract smartphones.
Target Galaxy S5
The Target Galaxy S5 sales don’t include any deals, but for users that prefer to shop there it is possible to get the Galaxy S5 for $199 on a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.
Galaxy S5 Case
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is water-resistant and dust-resistant which means most users don't need a waterproof Galaxy S5 case for day to day use, but there are still reasons to pick up a Galaxy S5 case.
For users that want a color other than white or black, a case is the only option at this time. The Galaxy S5 is more durable than the Galaxy S4 in a drop test, but some users will still want to add protection from an OtterBox or similar case.
There are also a variety of Galaxy S5 cases that add style or add a function to the case such as a wallet case or one with a built-in kickstand that can prop the smartphone up for watching videos or making a video call.
Expect to spend $20 or more on a Galaxy S5 case. Check out the best Galaxy S5 cases you can buy.