Samsung Galaxy S5 will hit retail on April 11th in almost 150 countries globally. According to a new report, Samsung might move the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S5 before April 5th.
The reason? Well, according to a new report from Korea Herald, Samsung might move it earlier due to the illegal subsidy wars in Sammy’s home country.
SK Telecom is the country’s largest carrier and due to illegal subsidy wars, the carrier is forced to stop its business operations from April 5th until May 19th. It’s not just SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ also received bans from government regulators. KT can’t is banned from March 12th until April 26th. Lastly, the smallest LG U+ cannot continue operations from 3 March to 4 April and 27 April to 18 May.
So, this will definitely affect the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in its home country, with the only options users have is of LG U+ if they launch the handset on April 11th, with KT beginning on April 27th. If they do it before April 5th, they could add subscribers from SK Telecom, the largest carrier in the country. According to a SK Telecom source speaking to Korea Herald, “If Samsung Electronics rolls out its new smartphones after April 5, it will have a smaller impact on the market through (relying on just) KT and LG Uplus.”
A Samsung source said, “”Although Samsung is a global company, it is based in Korea. It cannot underestimate the impact of the No. 1 carrier SK Telecom.” He further added, “Samsung is considering rescheduling the release date before April 5 when SK Telecom‘s business suspension starts.”
A source also added that if the launch date in Korea is pushed back, it might effect the global launch of the handset as well, meaning that it may launch in other markets a little early as well.
There’s no word about moving the launch to March 27th or any earlier date, but we’ll keep our eye on the news and update if that happens.
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