Samsung begins sale of Galaxy S5 to scale carrier ban in Korea
Some GSM network carriers were banned by the South Korean government from selling mobile phones and the duration of the ban conflicts with the release date of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 launch so Samsung had to launch the smartphone pre scheduled time.
SK Telecom was penalized with a suspended ban that will last from April 5 to 19th May, reason being for subsidizing the prices of some smartphones by an unacceptable margin. Korea Telecoms and LG Uplus were also banned with their own varying ban intervals.
The launch of the Galaxy S5 was billed for April 11 but Samsung gave in to the requests of SK Telecom who “strongly asked” to be allowed to start selling the GS5 given that it’s one of the hotly anticipated gadgets in Korea.
SK Telecom has started selling the Galaxy S5 for KWR 866,800 ($810) off contract at it’s website and stores scattered across Korea.
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