The gold edition of the Galaxy S5 will be available on other networks apart from Vodafone, after it emerged that a deal that gave the carrier exclusive rights to sell the gold model is strictly time-limited.
It had initially been thought that Voda had secured indefinite rights to sell what’s tipped to the most in-demand colourway of Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone.
However, since then O2 has listed the gold model for sale on its site, exploding that idea.
To clear things up, we’ve asked around and checked Voda’s forums and have since established that in fact the network’s exclusivity period lasts for 28 days from launch.
We also got in touch with O2's press people, who confirmed that while the gold edition won't be available on its network from day one, it will be accepting pre-orders for that colourway soon.
But in the interests of staying within the strictures of Voda’s arrangement with Samsung, O2 won’t be able to launch pre-orders for said handset until May 9th. That’s four weeks after the phone officially hits retail on April 11th.
If you want the blue, black or white edition, you can pre-order it on O2 from March 28th. That’s the same date it goes on pre-order on Vodafone in all those colourways, plus the gold edition.