Samsung Gear S prepares for US arrival as AT&T and T-Mobile share sales details
Samsung’s new Gear S smartwatch bucks trends in more ways than one, giving users not just a curved wrist-hugging display, but also a wearable with integrated cellular connectivity. We saw the smartwatch launch back around IFA-time, and a few weeks later we started picking up on news about the model’s path towards a US release. What we didn’t have, though, were a lot of details, including pricing and specific timing. Today our answers begin to pour in, and both AT&T and T-Mobile are talking about getting Gear S sales started early next month.
AT&T will be first out of the gate, selling the Gear S both online and in stores as of a week from tomorrow, Friday, November 7. The carrier mentions an on-contract price of about $200, and while it’s not revealed in this press release, we’ve confirmed with AT&T that off-contract pricing will still be pretty affordable, at just shy of $300. If you’ve already got a Mobile Share plan with AT&T, you’ll be able to add the Gear S for an extra $10 a month.
T-Mobile will wait a little longer to break out the Gear S, offering the wearable beginning November 9. You’ll be able to buy the smartwatch on an installment plan, paying a little under $15 a month for the next two years, but all told that comes out a little pricier than at AT&T, amounting to nearly $350. There’s an upside here, though, as T-Mobile has a very affordable new wireless plan ready to go for the Gear S, giving you unlimited talk, text, and data (throttled after 500MB) for a measly five bucks a month. Over time, that could easily offset any upfront savings at AT&T.