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.

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!