Samsung Galaxy S5 goes on sale in the UK

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Gear Fit. Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo also on sale, with all four devices available from major retailers and the nine new Samsung Experience Stores

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and its new range of wearable devices – the Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo – are now on sale from all major UK retailers in-store and online.

In total, the products are now available in 125 countries including the US, and across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

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Those who pre-ordered the Galaxy S5 were able to collect it from one of nine Samsung Experience Stores, as well as from the outlet at Westfield Stratford City from 6pm last night (pictured right).

They were treated to a champagne reception whilst a dedicated expert helped them set up their new device. They were also offered ‘Smart Academy’ demos to teach them more about the device.

The new batch of Samsung Experience Stores, operated by Carphone Warehouse, were announced on Wednesday, open in time for the release of the manufacturer’s flagship device.

The manufacturer has also today released a global television advert entitled ‘My Life Powered by Galaxy S5’, aiming to highlight the device’s features (see below).

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The new range of devices were unveiled at the manufacturer’s ‘Unpacked 5’ event, which took place on February 24 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland VP of IT and mobile division Simon Stanford said: “The response to the Galaxy S5 and our new wearables line since Mobile World Congress has been phenomenal.”

Carphone Warehouse is offering the phone for £569.95 SIM free, £42 per month with no upfront cost, or from £33 per month for customers trading in any old phone (on top of the trade in value of their old handset).

It is also offering customers who trade in an old handset when buying the Galaxy S5 with £100 on top of the trade-in value of their old phone. For example, those trading in an Apple iPhone 5 16GB could get up to £290 cashback and those trading in a Galaxy S4 could receive up to £261.50.

On February 28 – four days after the Galaxy S5 was unveiled – the retailer revealed that pre-registrations for the device were up 130 per cent compared to the whole 10 day period for the Galaxy S4 last year.

Carphone Warehouse UK trading director Claire Winstanley said: “Many in the industry were taken by surprise when Samsung decided to launch their new handset earlier than usual and so close to many other announcements, but it’s certainly paid off. Interest in Samsung’s newest flagship device is higher than ever and it’s on course to be one of the biggest selling handsets of the year.”

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Yesterday, Phones 4u announced that 10 stores would be giving the first 35 people to buy the Galaxy S5 a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7″ (pictured right). However, the retailer said that due to high demand, it is opening this offer up to everyone that buys the device from one of its 700+ stores and online.

The Galaxy S5 is available from Phones 4u free for £42 a month on 4G and in addition to a free Tab 3 7″, they will also receive a £25 voucher to spend at Google Play.

It also also available free from £42 a month at Vodafone. Those that pre-ordered will receive additional monthly data at no extra cost. For example, if a customer pre-ordered the Galaxy S5 on the Red 4G plan, they will get the same amount of data offered on the Red L 4G plan, increasing their allowance from 3GB to 5GB.

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