The Gear S will land on all four major U.S. wireless carriers
Samsung delivered a bit of bad news this morning with its Q3 2014 earnings report, but the company is at least looking forward to making some waves in the wearables market with the official U.S. launch of its Gear S smartwatch. The Gear S was first announced back in August, and is the first of Samsung’s smartwatches that can make and receive phone calls.
Samsung says that the Gear S will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless starting November 7. Pricing varies depending on the carrier, but AT&T will allow you to take home the device after paying $199 and agreeing to a two-year contract. Sprint is offering the device at a full, unsubsidized price of $384 or 24 monthly payments of $16.
T-Mobile has the cheapest option if you’re looking to buy the device outright, charging $350 or $14.58/month for 24 months.
As for calling plans, AT&T will allow you to add the Gear S to your existing Mobile Share plan for an additional $10 per month. Sprint is charging an additional $10 per month as well, however, the wireless carrier will waive the fee until December 2015 if the device is added to a Family Share Pack plan of 20GB or higher.
As for T-Mobile, it’s introducing a new “wearable rate plan” that costs just $5 per month. The plan gives users unlimited talk, texting, and data (the first 500MB of data is “high-speed”, with the remaining “unlimited” data being throttled).
Pricing and plans for Verizon Wireless have yet to be announced.
The Gear S runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system, features a 2” AMOLED (360×480) display, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It also incorporates A-GPS support, IP67 water/dust resistance, and can make/receive calls over 2G/3G cellular networks.
Samsung says that the Gear S is good for up to two days of typical use.