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It’s happening, people. Samsung’s latest entries in the flagship market — the S6 and S6 Edge — are almost ready for consumers’ sweaty palms to grease up their glass and aluminum frames, and now we have a release date for the phones on American soil.
Starting April 10th, you’ll be able to grab your own S6, or its curved screen sibling the Edge, at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Best Buy. For those desperate to jump to the front of the queue, pre-orders begin tomorrow, March 27th — unless, you’re a Verizon customer, that is. Big Red won’t accept your pre-orders until April 1st, according to the carrier’s Twitter.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are a bold new step for Samsung, with the aforementioned metal and glass construction and an emphasis on premium design and faster, easier use. If you’d like to read more about both smartphones, head here. Both phones come in black, white and gold, with 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage.
AT&T are offering both phones on their Next payment plans, with the 32GB S6 starting at $22.84 per month for 30 months — bump that up to $27.17 p/m for the S6 Edge. There’s no word on contract free or other pricing, so clearly Ma Bell is trying to get people locked into its Next plan.
You’ll pay a slight premium with T-Mobile’s plans. The S6 is $28.33 per month, the S6 Edge $32.49 p/m, but both plans last 24 months to AT&T’s 30. Off contract, the S6 starts at a rather hefty $679.92, while the Edge commands $100 more at $779.76. To soften the financial blow, however, the Un-carrier is throwing in a year’s free Netflix, worth over $100 (sadly, you can’t ask for a Benjamin off your phone cost instead).
At Sprint, you’ll pay $80 per month for 24 months for a 32GB S6 with unlimited talk, text and data. Add $5 per month for a 64GB model and $10 for a 128 GB device. Add $5 to any of those prices to get the S6 Edge instead. As an added bonus, after you’ve finished those 24 months and paid at least $1,920 in total, you won’t get to keep your device — you either return it to Sprint or keep forking over cash to use it.
However, if you’re a fan of Sprint’s Boost prepaid service, a 32GB S6 will cost you $649.99. No Edge here, though.
As for Verizon, when it eventually starts accepting pre-orders CNET are reporting that the S6 will start at $200 (after a $50 mail-in rebate), or $24.99 for 24 months. Want to buy it in full? It’ll cost $600. The Edge notches those numbers up to $300 (after rebate), $29.16 per month, or $700 off contract.
Best Buy have announced their pre-order plans for the S6 and S6 Edge, too. Starting today (March 27th), Best Buy will have Samsung’s latest smartphones in store for customers to test and try prior to placing an order — though only in Best Buys with Samsung Experience Shops and Best Buy Mobile specialty shops.
Pre-orders are also starting today, with Best Buy offering the added incentive of a free Samsung wireless charging pad (worth $59.99) with both the S6 and the Edge. Best Buy will have both phones on every major carrier, while the Best Buy One plan, available through Sprint, will apparently offer “one of the lowest prices available in the market.”
There isn’t universal choice, however. If you desire Samsung’s S6 Edge in its highest capacity (128 GB), you’re restricted to AT&T and Verizon. Oh, and you’ll be paying $499 upfront for a two-year contract. Having the best doesn’t come cheap — or on Sprint.
Image Credit: Samsung
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