Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 might not yet be available for all, but the lucky folks in South Korea, the manufacturer’s home market, have been able to purchase it since March 27, basically two weeks earlier than the rest of us. However, according to a report published by Yonhap, the South Korean availability wasn’t smooth; its sources mentioned “limited availability through carriers and crackdown on subsidies for new subscribers”, as main hurdles.
However, despite all of the above, the Galaxy S5 is off to a solid start, in terms of sales. Average daily sales are estimated at 7,000 units, which is somewhat below 8,000 and 10,000 units for the Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy S4 LTE-A, respectively. The number is even more spectacular once we find out that only one (SK Telecom) out of three carriers “is currently in full operation and that the carriers are no longer allowed to pay out subsidies” (the other two, KT and LG U+ can only server “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device”).
A global launch and roll out is scheduled for the first half of April, and we’re looking forward to seeing Samsung’s usual “shipping” numbers once the phone is on most markets.