This is likely not an April Fool’s Day joke on the part of Verizon Wireless: The carrier has announced it will begin accepting preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones April 1.
â€” Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) March 6, 2015
Samsung unveiled its new flagship handsets March 1. Each features a new design and a host of upgraded hardware and software components the company hopes will attract customers lost in 2014. U.S. mobile networks are excited about the new devices and started advertising them before they were even announced.
Verizon said this week that it will begin offering the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge early in the second quarter. However, it did not indicate whether the smartphones would be available on Samsung’s designated release date.
Samsung said the devices will go on sale April 10 in 20 countries, but it is customary for certain markets to have their own release dates. U.S. carriers frequently do this to have sole marketing jurisdiction, at least for a while.
Verizon has not yet announced how much the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will cost on its network, but there’s a good chance carriers will charge at least $699 for the Galaxy S6. T-Mobile put a retail value of about $699 on the Galaxy S6 within the rules of a giveaway contest the network is hosting.
A smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy S line has typically been priced between $599.99 and $649.99 without a contract and between $199.99 and $249.99 with a two-year contract in the U.S. But the extensive upgrades of the two new handsets may drive up their pricing. Additionally, the dual-curve display of the Galaxy S6 Edge might automatically mean it is more expensive than even its Galaxy S6 sibling.
Verizon’s marketing material for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge indicates the devices will be available in two color options: black and white. However, Samsung announced black, white, blue, gold and green color options for the smartphones.
It is customary for Samsung to first release only two colors of its top-selling devices in the U.S., and then have carriers offer other colors as exclusive or limited-edition options. This was done with the Galaxy S5, which initially was released in black and white color options in the U.S, with blue and gold color options available months later.