Carphone Warehouse has likely secured exclusive UK rights to sell the gold edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5, after one of its major retail rivals launched pre-registration website pages for every colour option except ‘copper gold’.
Dialaphone’s dedicated page for forthcoming phones, which includes the chance to sign up for availability updates, lists the ‘Charcoal’ (that’s black to you and me) Galaxy S5, alongside the white model and the saucy-sounding ‘Electric Blue’ iteration.
But the gold version – that’s the one that’s expected to be most in-demand - isn’t listed at all, indicating Dialaphone, which carries deals across all major UK networks, won’t be selling it. And, we're surmising here, that the blingiest editon will be exclusive to another retailer.
We're prepared to bet that said vendor is probably Carphone Warehouse, whose status as the UK’s largest retailer means it’s got the financial muscle to wangle that kind of big-money deal. We’ve approached Dialaphone, which is owned by Phones 4U, and Carphone for comment and we’ll update you when we hear back.
We’d previously been led to believe that a carrier – most likely Vodafone or EE - might have sole rights to sell the gold Galaxy S5, after O2 officially confirmed it won’t be ranging it earlier this month.
Interestingly, the listings on Dialaphone also reveal that we can most likely expect pre-orders to start in mid-March, ahead of the phone’s official due date in stores on April 11th.
Carriers have yet to break cover with pre-order dates or pricing. But hints are abroad that the Galaxy S5 could actually be priced less than the Galaxy S4, after the latter failed to rack up the sales that industry wonks had forecast.
EE has, however, at least been forthcoming enough to promise an unnamed ‘exclusive incentive” for customers who order the Galaxy S5 in advance. That sounds like a free gift to us, or perhaps a double-credit, time-limited tariff offer of the kind that the carrier was running until recently.