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Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 Contest Hints At May 6 Release, $600 Price

The Samsung Galaxy S5 went on sale yesterday for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. The latest Android flagship runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080px OLED screen, 16 MP main and 2.1 MP front facing cameras, 2.5Ghz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and a choice of 16 or 32 GB of internal memory.

Virgin Mobile USA has promised to release its version of the S5 sometime in May for an undisclosed price. Virgin is running a contest with a Samsung Galaxy S5 as the grand prize. To enter you just need to register at www.virginmobileusa.com/gs5 to be notified when the as Virgin Mobile Galaxy S5 will be available.

The contest gives us some clues to the VM S5's price and release date. Contest entries close Tuesday, May 6. I suspect that means the VM Galaxy S5 will be released on or shortly after that date.

The fine print of the contest rules says the Virgin Mobile S5 has a ERV (estimated retail value) of $599.99. That probably means $599.99 will Virgin Mobile's price on launch day. While that's alot of money, it is $50 less than Sprint's list price of $649.99 for the postpaid 16 GB S5. While it's great to finally be getting the latest phones on Sprint's prepaid brands, the fact is that the latest flagship phones are expensive beasts.

Unless you absolutely must have the latest tech, I recommend waiting a month or two. Virgin Mobile has a history of launching new phones at all the market can bear prices and then substantially dropping the price a bit latter. If you are willing to wait until July, I bet you will be able to pick up a Virgin Mobile S5 for around $499.99.

By all means enter the contest, it's easy and if you don't win the S5 there are four consolation prizes of [drumroll], $35 Virgin Mobile refill PIN cards.

Source Virgin Mobile via HowardForums

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  1. have always been tempted to get some sort of newer Samsung Galaxy Sx phone. had the old original Galaxy S, but wasn't interested in the S2 because the S2 looks too square-ish on the corners to picky little me. but the S3 and the S4 have always looked very nice to me. and now the S5 looks very nice. getting the S5 would certainly be great. but realistically for me, probably would get the S3 or the S4 since those would be just as good for me personally if ever jump back on the samsung bandwagon. my cousins each have the S3 and that looks good enough for me. just IMHO :-)

    but of course if you have to have the latest and the greatest, then definitely go get that S5 !!!

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  2. If you're willing to spend in the $500-$600 price range, it would be smarter & better in the long run to buy a GSM Unlocked version of this Galaxy S5 that supports BOTH LTE Band 4 & Band 17 so that you'll get LTE on T-Mobile MVNOs and AT&T MVNOs. Here in San Francisco, the connection on SPRINT/VIRGIN/BOOST is just horrible...So I bought a high end unlocked GSM phone and took it to PTEL which has way better connection via their T-MOBILE towers. And on PTEL, with its unlimited talk/text/Web ( throttled after given monthly allotment) is a way better deal at $40 or less than on VIRGIN...

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    1. Not everybody is obsessed with GSM.

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    2. GSM phones emit significantly more radiation than CDMA phones FYI.

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    3. Not necessarily, some CDMA phones emit more EMR than some GSM phones. All phones are required to meet the same FCC radiation limits.

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  3. I feel like they are refurbished phones to be sold for a pretty big difference between that and other carriers at full retail.

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    1. How can there already be refurbs of a phone that was just released yesterday?

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  4. Sir, by May 6 there should be some already.

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    1. Yeah and also the lizardmen are making contrails in our fluoridated water... Where do you geniuses even get these ideas?

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  5. The Samsung S5 IS NOT worth $600; it's just Samsung's marketing campaign to trick people into over-paying for this android device. How do people know the S5 is overpriced? One method is to compared similar smartphone with "comparable" specs. For example, the Xiaomu MI3 M3 only retails for $420 or $180 less than the S5.

    Look at this link for more info on the M3
    http://www.xiaomiz.com/xiaomi/xiao-mi-mi3/xiaomi-mi3-m3-2-3ghz-quad-core-5-0inch-fhd-lg-screen-2g-16g-sony-13-0mp-nfc-wcdma-smartphone-black.html

    I would not pay more than $450 for the Samsung S5.

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