TELUS says the Galaxy S5 will cost $249 on a 2-year term

Ian Hardy

March 7, 2014 2:05 pm

TELUS, along with 10 other Canadian carriers, will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 in April — probably April 11th.

Pre-registrations, which is basically dropping down your email address to be kept informed of the launch, went live back on February 24th. We have now been informed that the release is near and TELUS will be going live with Galaxy S5 pre-orders “at the end of the month.”

According to an email we received from TELUS it states the carrier is “targeting” the 2-year contract price of the GS5 to be $249. The email also said “Please note these prices may change,” so they just might surprise us and come in under $200. No word yet on the retail price, but might fall in around $700.

  • Dimitri

    I know it’s a high end phone but if the Note 3 is 249-299 what’s the point of putting the S5 for $249?.

    Keep it at $199. That way it doesn’t interfere with the Note 3 sales.

    • Bri Bru

      Note 3 is a few months old so it makes sense

    • Dimitri

      That is true. Even then it still their Flagship phone.

    • OMFCody

      The Note 3 at $249 would be the better buy imo. Samsung might be shooting themselves in the foot. Currently at $99, the Note 3 is probably the overall best buy on Telus at the moment.

    • marorun1982

      Because they want to keep increasing price every years :)

    • Plazmic Flame

      It’s funny, Telus sent me a text message the other day telling me that I’m eligible for a free upgrade on the new 2 year agreements. I laughed, lol. No way in hell I’m giving up my 6GB plan or paying $150 for 6GBs… the prices are getting ridiculous.

    • OMFCody

      Same. my 6GB isn’t going anywhere. Last time I upgraded I called in and got to upgrade and keep my plan but I don’t think that would fly this year.

    • realitycheck

      you guys know the value of data (it can render their other money generating services moot) so does the carriers. many dont realize that and let the ‘unlimited’ marketing fool them….

    • Bryguy78

      But if you renew on my 2 year why would you not be able to keep your 6GB plan.

    • marorun1982

      because the system will force.the agent to change your plan.

    • Bryguy78

      That is crazy. So you have to fight on every upgrade to keep your plan? Or do you have to buy unlocked on Telus? I only ask because I’ve danced with switching but my 6GB plan on Rogers runs me only $55 and that’s hard to give up.

    • marorun1982

      Exactly I work at Telus here for business service and I don’t like it more than any of you. This make it very hard to deal with clients because retention team can’t even help us. sometimes clients get advantage from this new kind of plan (about 50% of them because they get unlimited long distance) it’s all depend if.you use much data or much min and long distance. But the providers are the big winner. it’s was a mistake to remove the 3 years contract..

  • Max Fireman

    I rather pay for the Z2 straight up.

    • d094

      i’m leaning towards the z2 as well

    • Patrick Cuyegkeng

      Is anyone confirmed yet to be carrying to Z2? Similar devices, but between the two I would also lean towards the Z2 from a build perspective. The Z and Z1 just felt so well made in the hand.

    • Bri Bru

      No but I’m guessing Bell and Rogers. I did like the plastic body on Z. It did feel a bit cheap but still loved the sleek look of the phone. I’m looking forward to see Z2.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Chances are really high that Bell will be carrying it. Was surprised when I checked their available devices the other day and saw pretty much all the Sony devices. They are really supporting them the most right now.

    • Bri Bru

      Z2 probably isn’t any cheaper.. maybe just maybe $50 but not more

    • hotcar96

      but the Z2 bezels are huge, waiting for the Htc New One before I make my decision.

    • Isaac Gacura

      Prepare to be disappointed then because the new One has bezels just as big if not bigger. Leaks confirm HTC isn’t doing any better with the screen to phone size ratio.

    • spammenotdisqus

      Not me. Samsung has been good with updates, Sony… not so much.

    • kaostheory

      Sony is usually slower but adds more features. If you’re on a two year cycle I don’t see an issue. Also new os upgrades don’t really add much nowadays.

    • southerndinner

      Sony has been almost as bad as LG with them.

    • bembol

      Based on the early reviews, yes for sure!

      Samsung has learned from the best and continues to rip off their fans with this BS5.

    • Nathan

      I prefer the Z10 or Z30.

    • Max Fireman

      Lol have fun with those

    • Nathan

      I have been using the Z10 for the past 10 months and it has been super helpful as a communications device. I haven’t had the time to load a couple Android apps to it that I had been missing, but will sometime over the next couple months. The time savings alone are a huge help. Also the piece of mind of not worrying much about battery life makes life easier. Also, no lag on the Z10.

      The Z30 apparently has a 25 hour battery life and some sort of parallel cellular antennae that gets you a signal in places where others can’t. That isn’t enough for me to instantly upgrade, but those are features that will be more useful than a 21 megapixel or more processing power, that BlackBerry’s phones don’t seem to need to operate without any lag. If I lost my phone, I’d replace it with a Z30. Otherwise, I’ll probably upgrade in a year or so.

    • southerndinner

      lol you and 3 other people. Unless you work for BBRY which I wouldn’t be shocked by.

    • Nathan

      If I worked for BlackBerry, indeed a lot more people would even just know about the phones. Many people don’t even know they have full touchscreen phones! BlackBerry marketing sucks, but the phone is one of the fastest that I have seen (though I haven’t seen the new Samsung galaxy, but the previous one lagged when just on the home screen).

    • southerndinner

      You and like 5 other people. The Z2 is the new nerd phone of the month!

  • krazyking

    S5 is Garbage. Z2 is the way to go by far.

    • Bri Bru

      Z2 isn’t so much different than Z1 just like how S5 isn’t a huge upgrade from S4.

    • Dimitri

      While that is true, i see more people now going after Sony & HTC as it seems to them Samsung has lost its touch.

    • Bri Bru

      It always seem tougher to go upward once they reach certain limit like Samsung and Apple. At some point, we’ll be disappointed at Sony/HTC just like how we are at Samsung.

    • downhilldude

      Don’t know what you’re talking about. Samsung’s share, last quarter in the U.S. market, went up more than anyone else’s. Android share went down 0.5 percent, so that means Samsung’s competitors lost ground to Samsung.

      Maybe you have 2 or 3 friends who bought Sony and HTC, but they would be the exceptions.

    • Dimitri

      Dude. We are NOT in the US market. We are in the Canadian Market. US does not count for Canada & the rest of the world.

      I actually know a lot of people that bought the HTC One & Sony Z1 & still use it. I owned those devices before i bought my Note 3.

    • Turbojugend

      Realistically the Can/US marketshare is next to nothing when it comes to the big picture.

    • southerndinner

      You don’t see people going Z2, you see people online saying they’ll go Z2. They’re maybe 1% of the market, the rest of the world doesn’t care about Sony and/or realizes their cellular products are unreliable.

    • krazyking

      S5 I think most can agree is ugly & same garbage design with trashy materials. The Z1 is a beautiful phone but the screen was it’s weak spot. The Z2 has beast specs, smaller bezels, and beautiful larger IPS screen. The Z1 only needed to be refined. The Galaxy S5 needed a total redesign which it obviously didn’t get. The specs are almost a downgrade compared to the Note 3. If Samsung would have totally redesigned the S5 and used a metal body then the 2 GB of RAM could slide. As it stands very few are impressed at all with the S5. I am very disappointed. I was looking forward to the S5. I won’t be getting an S5. Samsung can watch as their sales continue to decline further this year. Maybe they will learn from their mistakes and finally give consumers what we want for the Note 4 and S6. REDESIGN & QUALITY MATERIALS!

    • Bri Bru

      I can’t agree until I get to see the actual device. If Samsung used the same material they used on Note 3, I wouldn’t say that it is a trashy material.. I do prefer glass material over plastic but it has ups&downs. So it all comes to preference, I’d say. And in terms of specs, as far as I know the only thing that Note 3 is better than S5 are the RAM and internal memory and all others, S5 is superior. Knowing that Note series is a higher-end device, I think this is reasonable. I did want to see the S5 in the aluminum body though and I’m kind of hoping that they release the aluminum version of S5 released after some time like how they did this in Russia for S4. And honestly, I don’t think improved specs are so necessary at this point as all the flagship devices in the market are more than capable of doing anything that a smartphone can do. I believe what all the manufacturers should focus on is the innovative features on their devices which Samsung was never good at.

    • krazyking

      I really can’t personally see anywhere that the S5 is better than the Z2.
      Design : Z2
      Waterproof rating :Z2
      Noise canceling :Z2
      Stereo speakers :Z2
      Camera :Z2
      RAM : Z2 (future proof & mutitasks)
      Screensize: Z2
      The Z2 can shoot underwater & even has a dedicated camera button.

      The S5 has a fingerprint scanner that probably won’t work properly so very few will use and a heart rate monitor that few will use. Yes the S5 has a slightly faster processor speed but the difference is negligible and insignificant. I believe RAM is a more significant feature as it makes multitasking easier and makes the phone more future proof in todays smartphone market. In my opinion the S5 looks terrible compared to the Note 3 which I find to be quite nice looking even though it still maintains Samsungs same design language. This is all here say until the retail units are released and fully reviewed. But for now at least on paper and certainly on looks the Sony Z2 is for me the clear winner and my choice.

    • Bri Bru

      I never said S5 is better than the Z2 but clearly, I can see that you like Z2 better. Like I said, I think it’s a preferential thing and consumers will purchase what they think is best for them. I really can’t say much until I try them both when they’re released.

    • southerndinner

      Reliability: Anything but Z2. Sony phones break more than ANY other.
      Updates: Almost anything but Sony. Very rarely are they updated.

    • Kienerman

      not sure your taste is but looking at the z2 it’s nasty square phone lol

    • kaostheory

      Noise canceling built in is huge! Who doesn’t use their devices while traveling? With other noise canceling headsets you have to wear the battery and electronics.

    • Bri Bru

      I didn’t know about this feature. So if I were to use any headsets with GS5, I get noise cancelling?

    • krazyking

      He means the Z2 has noise canceling feature. As far as I know the S5 doesn’t.

    • KrispyInTO

      But the Z2 doesn’t have a heart rate sensor!

    • realitycheck

      isnt there an app using led and the camera to measure heart rate?

    • Jerrik Nordlee

      How do you know the S5 is garbage? Have you tried it? Or, are you just going by the specs sheet? I don’t understand how people can judge a device without testing it first.

    • krazyking

      In my opinion it’s a minor upgrade to the S4. It looks like a*s. Even the S4 looks better. If you like the S5 then good for u. I guess u are the type of guy who also prefers ugly chicks. As for the specs. 2 GB of RAM just doesn’t cut it. I have 2 GB of RAM in my 2 year old S3 for f*ck sake. What I’m saying is looks and specs wise it is not what loyal Samsung fans were expecting after all the rumors. So like many I’m not at all impressed with the S5 and frankly quite disappointed.

    • Jerrik Nordlee

      Such a grown up comment, well done. My question still hasn’t been answered. How can one judge a device without using it themselves? Just because the specs seem a little old doesn’t mean the phone is going to suck. I’m not saying I like the phone myself and I’m not saying I don’t like it. All I’m saying is don’t judge a book by its cover.

    • realitycheck

      I think he was just disappointed. I dont blame him, samsung cultivated the mentality of specs specs specs.

    • krazyking

      I’m not judging a book by it’s cover. I’m judging a phone by it’s looks, specs and build material. No I haven’t tried the phone because we all know it’s not out yet. So by your logic I need to try something to have an opinion? Do I need to try shooting myself in the foot to know it is not a good idea? LOL.

    • Nachotech

      Strong talk for a phone that’s still more than a month away from being released. I’m guessing you’re the type who even if Samsung released a phone with unlimited battery life and an unbreakable screen you’d say “Pfft that phone is for noobs, my Motorola Razor totally pwns that Samsung POS” lol.

  • Guest

    700-200$ = 500$ margin loss. But you must get a 70$ plan minimum. 70*12*2=1,680$

    at that month rate, 500$ margin loss seems like not much, if you ask me.

    • PewZ

      yea but dont forget it costs them money to maintain the towers, network, pay employees etc. It’s not just straight profit from there. But yes I agree they do make a lot of profit

    • juyttt7

      you forgot marketing … lots of $ spent on marketing.

    • Guest

      agreed.

    • ToniCipriani

      But unfortunately that’s not how it works. They’re not really subsidizing it. See my calculation above. They’re making MORE out of you over 2 years.

    • mathieuv

      I know. That’s the whole point
      gonna delete initial comment. :) have a good day

    • Jerrik Nordlee

      That’s how business works. Every company will make as much money off of you as possible.

    • ToniCipriani

      Understood, just pointing it out how they do it to those who keep signing contracts thinking they got a good deal on that “free” phone.

    • GrimConch

      In my experience people do the math, I haven’t seen very many people who don’t see what’s going on with the contract vs outright pricing. The hidden “win” for telus is that if you buy the phone outright they don’t have to pay the dealer. So, that’s probably fine by them.
      That said, expect the BYOD plan to cost more in the near future.

    • Jerrik Nordlee

      You may be forgetting that 1680 includes your services as well. How can you use the phone without calling and texting services?

  • Skippypaccino

    when you see you competition put in 3 gigs of ram…Its hard to ignore…You would’ve thought they would’ve put 3 gigs to match the note 3…

  • Kevin White

    I have a real hard time seeing myself dropping $250 (plus tax!) on a Galaxy S4 with a new coat of paint. I swear Samsung spends more on their advertising and word-crafting than their R&D.

  • rgl168

    Wait a couple of months and you’ll find it at $0 with a contract…

    • Dimitri

      Funny you say that as the S4 took almost 1 year to go fully $0 ( not promotion deals like FF & BB). The Note 3 is still rocking at $249-$299.

    • crocop24

      Note 3 is $99 at TELUS…what you smoking?

    • Guest

      Really? Telus ( Ontario) site says this.”
      $0 On a 2 year term on a TELUS SharePlus Plan. ”

      Rogers has it for $99 just like Bell does. It may be a limited time offer for the $0 on Telus but watch when the S5 comes out, Bell & Rogers will put the S4 on $0. Also remember with Rogers you can price match & get the S4 for $0 as well.

    • Dimitri

      He was talking about the Note 3 & you are talking about the S4. Seems legit tho as the S4 is already at $0 at Telus but $99 with Bell & Rogers. Most likely will go down to $0 with Rogers & Bell in a bit.

    • God

      0 for the S4 starting tomorrow on Bell, at least at the Source.

    • Dimitri

      Exactly. Most likely Rogers will follow as well.

    • Dimitri

      Rogers has the Note 3 for $299. Bell has it for $199. Telus has it for $99. That is a $100 difference on all 3 carriers. I was NOT talking about Telus in my above post or else i would have said ” Telus”.

      The Note 3 is still a rocking & has a high price as its the true flagship phone for Samsung. The S5 should be priced at least $199 if that. It will interfere with the Note 3 sales if priced at $249.

    • God

      Note 3 is 99 from tomorrow at The Source.

    • Dimitri

      That is correct but its only a promotion deal. It will go up after a week & The Source ONLY sells Bell services.

  • ToniCipriani

    Assuming 699 retail, 299 2-year on Telus SharePlus 85/2GB, cost over 2 years:

    via 2-year contract
    $299 + $85 x 24 = 2339 + taxes

    via no-contract
    $699 + $65 x 24 = 2259 + taxes

    So essentially a loan of $400, with a $80 finance charge. That’s 18.158% APR.

    • God

      As always, if the subsidy is less than 480, outright is cheaper. If it’s more, contract is cheaper.
      That said, there are much cheaper 2GB (or there about) plans available at Bell’s daughter, Virgin.

    • ToniCipriani

      And Koodo and Fido for that matter… your point? Big 3 will always have the same plans and likewise for the little 3.

      But article was specifically talking about Telus and at one carrier. And precisely that is the problem with the consumer market, all people care is the upfront cost and completely missing the fineprint. If everyone did the Big 3 would have no business, everyone flocks to the little 3.

    • rby

      don’t forget the extras: unlocking fee, activation fee or SIM card fee

    • ToniCipriani

      Well I’m only comparing within Telus. Both cases will require activation fee (OK, fine, it’s “waived for a limited time” on the contract) and phone will still be locked either way, so unlocking fee is moot. SIM should be included in both cases.

      Now if you’re saying getting the phone from Telus and bringing it over to the other 2 then yes, those apply.

  • BBFAIL

    garbage phone.

  • Curtis K Louis

    I’m on a nice koodo plan. Can’t see myself paying that much on a 2yr contract. Do need a better phone but still…

    • Mohamed Abdourahman

      Frankly i hope Koodo gets the HTC M8.

  • Ryan

    So much for the rumours of the GS5 being priced lower than the GS4 -_-

    • Mohamed Abdourahman

      in opposite world where Apple and Samsung are BFF’s and RoBellUs actually compete by providing affordable plans and excellent customer serivce. In the opposite world the S4 is more expensive than the S5.

  • Pascal Bouffard

    You can get the nexus 5 for free with 2 years on Telus.
    Much better value for the price

    • realitycheck

      its not much better value, its valued appropriately.

  • legend618

    the new HTC One

  • talarico

    Well, there is some chatter about Samsung releasing a more premium S5 later on in the year. (S5 Prime or something) I’m sure you all know that already.
    I personally think they should have just made this S5 the “premium” device.
    Having said that, Samsung is in the business of making money. The same folks who will run out to get this s5 in April will most likely run out to get the “premium” s5 later on in the year. (if the rumors hold true) In the end…Samsung will remain profitable.

    Sidenote: I’m totally leaning towards the Xperia Z2 as well. The specs are killer.

  • realitycheck

    minimum 70 dollar plan no doubt…. Thats the most important fact which the carriers obviously cant spin so you never hear it mentioned.

  • GrimConch

    Remember when they moved to 2 year terms and said the plan prices had to increase because the device discount was staying the same?
    Remember how before 2 year terms the only phone anyone tried to price at $250 was Rogers with the BB9900 and were made a laughingstock, having to backpedal on that price in like a week?
    Anyway… pretty predictable pricing. S4 will likely go back up to $99 too.

  • Nachotech

    Good lord. For a hundred bucks more you could get a Nexus 5 from Google and not be stuck with a terrible 2 year contract (minimum $70 a month), have the benefit of a 10% BYOD discount with whatever carrier you choose, and not have to deal with Touchwiz Bloatware. Not to mention always having the latest Android build as soon as it comes out.

    Granted, the GS5 is slightly more powerful and has some extra bells and whistles that the Nexus 5 doesn’t have, but is it really worth twice as much? Not in my opinion.

  • Jesse

    249 for a phone on a two year contract, or 349 for a brand new Nexus 5 straight from google, no contract…. hard choice.

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  • cody

    Note 3 is 99.99 for rogers

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