Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch is coming to the United States on 7th November, the company announced Thursday. The smartwatch will be sold by all the four major US carriers: T-mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.
It will also be available at Samsung’s store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the United States.
The smartphone will be available in white or black. Samsung did not disclose the details of the pricing leaving that to the carriers. It is expected to be pricey, though, because it will have an OLED screen and a built-in cellular radio.
Sprint put the cost at $384 while T-Mobile set it at $349.92 which is $100 more than a Moto 360. Both the carriers will allow customers to purchase Gear S for $0 down and pay it off over a period of 24 months.
Verizon and AT&T may probably offer similar options since a cash price of over $300 may be a turn-off for many customers.
The Gear S is a much more independent smartwatch compared to what is currently on the market. This is because of its integrated cellular connectivity. The smartwatch doesn’t rely on phones to pull down updates from social media or even email notifications. With the smartwatch, you will even be able to make calls.
There are special plans being offered by some carriers. For example, T-Mobile has a $5-per-month plan for unlimited texting and data with up to 500MB of data.
Sprint will wave $10 through December. This is a fee required to add Gear S to your family plan for those who are paying for at least 20GB of shared data.