Samsung’s unique Gear S smartwatch, which was first unveiled during the IFA trade show in September, will finally make its way to the United States next month. Samsung on Thursday announced that interested parties will be able to purchase a Gear S starting next week from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Keep in mind, however, that this smartwatch has its own connectivity and therefore may require its own service plan.
On Sprint, for example, one of the earliest carriers to reveal pricing, the Gear S will be available for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $16, or $384 straight up, but requires a $10 monthly access charge with a Sprint Family Share Pack plan. However Sprint says it will waive that fee if you decide to add the Gear S as a complete new line of service to a 20GB of higher Family Share Pack plan between now and December. It probably doesn’t matter as much for a smartwatch, but that’s kind of expensive considering the device also only runs on Sprint’s slower 3G network (though Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are also supported.)
Meanwhile, T-Mobile said it will charge $5 a month for the Gear S and that price includes up to 500MB of data and unlimited text messages. It will sell the Gear S for $349.92 or for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $14.58. Verizon and AT&T have yet to announce pricing.
The Gear S is also only supported by Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 mini, the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Sport, the Galaxy Note II, Note 3 and Note 4, but it offers compelling features including a 2-inch Super AMOLED display, integrated S Health, its own app store and more. We’ll bring you our in-depth thoughts as soon as we get one in house.