Galaxy S5

Largest two Korean operators won't be allowed sell on GS5 launch day

As launch preparations get underway elsewhere, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 is set to experience a delayed launch in the company's home country of South Korea. This is due to a sales ban imposed on Korean mobile operators by the government, according to a report from The Guardian, meaning the two biggest carriers won't be allowed to sell on launch day.

The newspaper reports that the sales ban was put in place as a penalty for subsidizing phones by more than 270,000 won, in breach of local laws. The restrictions affect new subscriptions and upgrades alike, as part of a rolling ban on sales at various carriers between March 13 and May 19. And it'll be in force for SKT and KT — the two largest Korean operators — on the planned Galaxy S5 launch date of April 11. Meanwhile the smaller LG Uplus will be open for business on April 11, though it will reportedly be subject to a sales ban from April 27 through May 18.

The ban won't single out Samsung specifically, as all smartphone subscriptions and upgrades will be affected by sales restrictions during this two-month window. However it comes at an inopportune time for the electronics giant as it prepares to launch the new flagship in its home country, effectively forcing a staggered GS5 launch in this important market.

Source: The Guardian


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Galaxy S5 Korean launch impacted by carrier sales ban


Regardless 90 to 120 million units will be sold when the dust settles.

No other android handset will come close period.

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Yeah... keep dreaming you delusional fanboy. The S3 still hasn't even broke 60 million units. Same for the S4, Note 2, and Note 3. Get with reality.

Well, very true.

But then again no other 'Android' flagship have crossed even 10 million. I doubt even 5 million. Samsung S- series and Note series are all in top 10 most sold Android smartphones by any measure. None of the other flagships even come closer.


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Sure, no other phone may get that close in sales. Sales aren't everything, and I don't choose my phone based on 'sales'. I choose my phones based on quality, price, looks (no thanks S5), and screen.

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Why? The Nexus 5 has arguably one of the best displays on the market (HTC One still has the best IMO). A full HD IPS display with over 440 PPI, and extremely accurate color reproduction and great viewing angles. Yeah.......not seeing the irony there...

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"Looks"? Are you going out on a date with your phone, or having sex with it? Lmao!!!

Posted via Android Central App you think tmobile is better than sprint? I'm looking into making a switch to tmobile from sprint..for the gs5..

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@Omar Diaz
I use Tmobile and Sprint.
If you live in an area that is 4GLTE covered by both, you might think about going with Sprint. Less people clogging the network.
If you want to be cheap with your bill, Tmo without unlimited 4GLTE gets you calls and texts, 2.5Gbs of 4G LTE data with unlimited 2G data, for $50 a month.
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I'm kinda running out of money and was wondering how much I can make weekly. You don't have to fully disclose your numbers but give us some rough estimates.
Is it per comment or hour? Is it better when bashing competitors or praising the giant?
Just a thought - I'm gonna throw it out there and you can propose it to the higher management -
Maybe, at this point of popularity, Samsung can get you some reality show. Seriously, you should seize the opportunity - use the momentum!
We can all contribute in the first season, by recording the show.
Let call it for now (working title)
Others are more than welcomed to throw in some pitches.
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Some of the comments on this site are getting to be really, really stupid, and out of hand!

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First of all, they'll sell 90 million, in Korea, in the first weekend alone, they're just that good. Period.
Second, why haven't you updated to Kit Kat yet? C'mon man, get with it. Period.

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the law is funny. banned from selling them there but not from making them there. (not saying i want sammy banned just laffing at the laws)

i know that but they banned the sale of the newer device but not the production just saying its funny like that

I think you misunderstood the article. The CARRIERS were banned from selling them, not Samsung

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It was a punishment for the carriers and the way that they were subsidizing the phones. It didn't have anything to do with Samsung or any other manufacturer.

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True, but in many ways this impacts the manufacturers as well. I can see how this will clearly send a message to the carriers, but unless Samsung et al schemed along with the carriers why punish them? Would some hefty fines have been sufficient penalty?

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Thanks Hans, I appreciate what little effort you did spend. Perhaps someone else could help me understand the situation better. I honestly would like to know.

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The aren't really. I think the idea might be to give the smaller carriers who were hurt by the 2 largest scheming carriers a chance to win back some customers. I don't see how it affects Samsung too much though. People can wait a month for a phone, buy it elsewhere, etc.

You're right, in that it does have the side effect of punishing the OEM's in addtion to the carriers. Politicians can be short-sighted when making laws, and apparently not just American ones. It is entirely likely that, when the ban was put in place, no one making that decision ever considered what effect that would have beyond the carriers themselves.

You ask about the manufacturers, but imagine all the *people* who live there and are now unable to get a phone because the government wanted to punish the carriers for offering too large of a discount.

Gonna cause a problem for HTC as well if they can launch close to announcement
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Maybe not, as once the ban is lifted, the one and s5 can go toe to toe and offer some good choices/competition there. Would be interesting to see who outsells whom.

I usually am drinking while posting here.....sorry

That isn't going to be close. Not saying one is better than the other.
You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

HTC completely pulled out of Korea a couple of years ago after it became abysmally unpopular. After service is very important for The Korean market as well as the brand recognition - there's no match.

Also, Koreans already laughing at One because it's only got DDR2 ram on board. Even GS4 came out with lpddr3.

I thought HTC pulled out of South Korea because it couldn't compete with Samsung and LG on their home turf.

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You have to note that samsung is a conglomerate. they sell everything from cars, construction, insurance, military equipment, etc...

The sanctions are against carriers, not Samsung. It's just unfortunate that Samsung has a phone coming out during this period of sanctions.