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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th


Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all be selling it

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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details; it's leaving that task to the carriers. Just don't expect the Gear S, with its built-in cellular radio and curved OLED screen, to come cheap.

Read next: The Samsung Gear S2 review.

T-Mobile has announced that it'll retail for $349.92 at full cost. For reference, that's $100 more than a Moto 360. Sprint's charging even more, pricing the Tizen-based smartwatch at $384. Both carriers are pushing their monthly financing programs, which will allow customers to purchase Gear S for $0 down and pay it off over the course of 24 months. AT&T and Verizon are likely to offer similar options since asking people to pay over $300 out of pocket for this might be a hard sell.

Our original hands-on look at Samsung's Gear S.

With its integrated cellular connectivity, the Gear S is a much more independent smartwatch compared with what's currently on the market. It doesn't need to rely on your phone to pull down social media updates or email notifications. You can even make phone calls from the watch, though it won't use the same number as your regular smartphone. Some carriers are offering special plans for Gear S; T-Mobile's got a $5-per-month plan for "unlimited data and texting with up to 500 MB of data." And through December, Sprint will wave the $10 fee normally required to add Gear S to your family plan — so long as you're paying for at least 20GB of shared data. The Gear S is one of Samsung's best watches to this point, though it's still just big on many wrists. And more competition, including the Apple Watch, is fast approaching.