Samsung S6 Edge+, Note 5 Smartphones Available for Preorder

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-08-14 Print this article Print
Preorder availability on Samsung phones

T-Mobile is offering the new devices on its JUMP! On Demand purchasing program, which allows users to upgrade to their next smartphones more frequently. All buyers who preorder the new phones through T-Mobile by 2:59 AM EDT on Aug. 21 are also eligible to receive a free year of Netflix service.

Under the JUMP on Demand program, customers who purchase a new 32GB Note 5 or S6 Edge+ smartphone through Sept. 30 can get special pricing of $0 down and $25 a month for the Note 5 or $0 down and $28.50 a month for the Galaxy S6 Edge+, each for 18 months.

T-Mobile customers can see the new handsets in its stores immediately, while preorders are available immediately for shipment on Aug. 21. Customers also can choose to buy their new phones through T-Mobile's regular financing plans. The 32GB Note 5 is $0 down and $29.17 a month for 23 months (plus a 24th payment of $29.08), for a total of $699.99, while the 32GB Note 5 is $0 down and $32.50 a month for 23 months (plus a 24th payment of $32.49), for a total of $779.99.

Verizon preorders for both devices are available immediately, with shipments on Aug. 21. Verizon will offer the S6 Edge + in Black Sapphire (32GB & 64GB)  or Gold Platinum (32GB), while it will offer the Galaxy Note 5  in Black Sapphire (32GB & 64GB) or Pearl White (32GB). Both models are now available for previews in Verizon stores.

Verizon will sell the 32GB S6 Edge+ for $32 a month for 24 months (total $768), or for $36 a month for the 64GB version (total $864). The Note 5 will sell for $29 a month for 24 months for the 32GB version (total $696) or for $33 a month for the 64GB version (total $792).

The company is also offering a limited time trade-in offer of $200 when purchasing a new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + or Note 5. Customers can also receive a one-time $100 bill credit within 2-3 bill cycles for each new smartphone purchased and activated when transferring their service from another carrier.

Both the S6 Edge+ and the Note 5 also integrate the upcoming Samsung Pay mobile payment service, which the company announced will launch in the U.S. on Sept. 28. Samsung Pay is being built to allow users to pay for purchases using their Samsung smartphones in just about every retail location through its acceptance of multiple payment systems, from NFC to traditional credit card readers and swiping terminals, according to the company. Samsung Pay also integrates Samsung's Knox mobile security platform, which uses one-time codes to authenticate purchases rather than transmitting a user's personal or credit card information.

The handsets also include Samsung's new SideSync 4.0 application, which allows users to easily sync their smartphones to a PC or tablet to answer calls, send texts or access files and data, making it easier to live with multiple devices.

The S6 Edge+ has the dual curved side screen edges of earlier Edge devices, while the Note 5 includes an improved and more sensitive S Pen for writing on its screen.

The S6 Edge+ adds a new Edge Apps feature that allows users to store oft-used apps on one of its edges so they can be accessed quickly. In addition to the core features it shares with the new Galaxy Note 5, both devices also share a 3,000mAh battery and run on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The S6 Edge+, which is 6.07 inches long, 2.98 inches wide, 0.27 inches thick and weighs 5.4 ounces, is available in Black Sapphire or Gold Platinum colors.

The Note 5 receives some key usability improvements for its built-in S Pen stylus, improving its performance for users. The S Pen now uses a click to allow easy removal from the phone's chassis and automatically prepares the display for immediate use once it is deployed. It also features enhanced handwriting and user commands and now has the ability to add shortcuts to frequently used apps. The Note 5, which is 6.03 inches long, 2.99 inches wide, 0.29 inches thick and weighs 6.03 ounces, is available in Black Sapphire or White Pearl colors.

The Note 5 also has an optional snap-on accessory from Samsung that gives the device the tactile feel of a physical keyboard when desired. Easily installed around the phone with a click, it can be detached quickly and clipped on to the back of the phone for storage. Once attached to the Note 5, the plastic keyboard transfers the button pushes from the user's fingers straight to the virtual keyboard of the smartphone, providing accurate key inputs and giving users another option for using their phones.

The latest S6 Edge+ and the Note 5 phablet arrive just four months after the long-awaited launch of the company's redesigned Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in April.


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