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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are "robust" in South Korea thus far

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Samsung Galaxy S5 sales are "robust" in South Korea thus far
As you may have heard, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale a bit earlier than expected in South Korea. SK Telecom was the first Korean carrier to release the handset (on March 27), with KT and LG U+ joining the fun almost immediately after that.

According to Yonhap News, around 7,000 Galaxy S5 units are being sold each day in South Korea. At that pace, 1 million S5s will be in the hands of Korean customers in less than five months.

Last year, around 8,000 Galaxy S4 units were sold daily at launch, while Galaxy S4 LTE-A sales reached 10,000 units daily. Even so, industry watchers reportedly noted that Galaxy S5 sales are “remarkable, given that only one of the country's three carriers is currently in full operation and that the carriers are no longer allowed to pay out subsidies.” Indeed, only SK Telecom can sell handsets to all customers at the moment. KT and LG U+ are allowed to offer new smartphones only to “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device” - following bans and regulations imposed by Korean authorities.

An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 costs $820 (866,800 KRW) in South Korea. That’s slightly lower than the launch price of last year’s Galaxy S4: $850 (899,000 KRW).

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 in many markets around the world starting this month. Some units can already be ordered at Amazon in the US, but they’re expensive, so customers would be better off to wait for carriers to release the handset (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and others will have it).


source: Yonhap News

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:00 13

1. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That was to be expected considering the high caliber of this device, not to mention its popularity. Go Samsung!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:11 5

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yeah I know! And that's just for ONE carrier cause most of them are banned from selling for a few months!!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:58 1

26. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Did you read? Its not one carrier, its 3. Just that one launched a few days earlier than the other 2 carriers. And they sell a grand total of about 7,000 per day. Zzzzz.

" SK Telecom was the first Korean carrier to release the handset (on March 27), with KT and LG U+ joining the fun almost immediately after that."

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:44

42. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Did YOU read iboy:
” Indeed, only SK Telecom can sell handsets to all customers at the moment. KT and LG U+ are allowed to offer new smartphones only to “users with handsets two years or older, or those who lost or misplaced their device” 

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:20 1

45. kylehudsons (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Only SKTelecom is selling right now...
LG UPlus and ollehKT doesn't sell the S5 yet...
I know cause I'm living here...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:09

2. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Oh, really?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:39 10

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, really..... S5 will definitely outsell every other flagship(s) out there by other OEMs. This is just beginning.

This Band-Aid will not be so ugly.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:13 2

29. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1542; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I heard the same for the last 5 years and each year the new iphones kicks samsungs S1-2-3-4... ass. Not that I care for apple but your comment is incorrect. Now if you only mean android OEM's then true, but sales never represent the quality or user satisfaction simply cause people get deceived by gimmicks and good marketing.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:36 5

36. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'people get deceived by gimmicks'

So tell me if an adult get 'deceived' by 'gimmicks' then why does every new gen of Galaxy outsells previous ? If there is no satisfaction why do people keep buying them again ? You can only fool someone once.

Until you've any proof to back up what you're saying I find no reason to believe your hypothesis.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 05:03 1

38. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Well said.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:57

43. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


But Samsung have not only one flagship. GS , Note, even Active, Mega, Grand .....are in same (if not better) class than iphone.

Samsung prefer to give more choices to ppl.
This that Apple have more real profit, means nothing but, that sell you cheaper (BOM) devices fof more money. Only mentally sick buyers can brag with that.LOL

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:53

47. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Most of Samsung's profit comes for lower end devices, and apple makes money from flagship devices. I rather be apple.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:11 7

13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Yes. Truth hurts for butthurts.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:13 2

4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


The galaxy s5 looks so much like the original galaxy S!
http://mobilepriceinbd.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Samsung-I9000-Galaxy-S.jpg
Check it out.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:30 10

10. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Love it. Original trollers being careful with the words they write these days: Because of S5's awesomeness

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:19 3

17. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Lol same here. They were bugging every article. But now when sales numbers are starting to pop out. They start watching their word because they'll be made fun of and look ridiculous.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:15

30. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1542; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Do you people get payed or your only purpose in life is putting people down cause they prefer something different than you? Who cares about trolls. If you like S5 then thats fine. Some people wont.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:39

37. Whopyourass (unregistered)


Yes dun be surprised some people just enjoy doing that so much. They fap while they troll. Especially Samsung fanboys who fap at every phone news talking about Samsung. LOL

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 06:29

52. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Life is hard ey? Can't sell anything ey? Go get a life and open your eyes. And yes I enjoy everything Samsung has and will do, and it'll be successful, you just smell success in everything samsung does. Unlike other please-buy-us brands that announce loss after loss and some get sold to other companies while others insist on drowning.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:14 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I think i will end up on s5 just because of dat AMOLED nothing else of that phone attracts me.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:15 11

7. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


AND BATTERY LIFE MAN !!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:50 1

12. MANGUELPR (unregistered)


Super AMOLED really a display made to bring "low power consumption" and doesn't even do it quite well.... lol Pen-tile for real bro you like to had less than 60% of subpixeles vs an RGB display? Wow what's happening with the world.... well maybe too much marketing's kill them neurons.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:17 4

16. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Well apparently the display works everything contrary to your argument so... yeah. If the un-biased professionals say its good then its good.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:37 3

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


"s5 has best mobile display we have ever tested" - displaymate...

Now that's enough....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:15 11

6. maherk (Posts: 4069; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


not surprised at all. Once again, and as it was proven with every Galaxy phone released, design isn't a priority for the majority out there, build quality+hardware+features+hundreds of thousands of customized accessories what matters the most. I guess the "ugly band aid" will

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:16 11

8. maherk (Posts: 4069; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


top the charts once again.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:18

31. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1542; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Once again it is proved that spending more money on marketing each year than your competition by several times equals to amazing sales. 2012, Apples marketing budget 2.billion, Samsungs 9.5billion. HTC/SONY etc wasn't even mentioned of how low it was compared to Samsung. You really think Galaxy S sells cause its an amazing phone? So I am guessing twilight is an amazing movie and not cause it was marketed and made in a way every teen girl will love the stupidness of it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:43 1

40. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


So what is the amazing phone and way?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:08 2

44. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Not marketing, but the features makes S5 the clear winner.
You may spend billions to market the HTC M8 mediocre sealed brick , and POS ugly camera, as much you want(and tech media do it every day sinse 2 years), but it doesn't help. :-)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:19 2

9. Sauce (unregistered)


They need them heart rate monitors from all these North Korean shenanigans.

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